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Residents air frustrations over flight path changes

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Distrust was sky high Thursday night as the FAA faced angry Point Loma residents over changes to Lindbergh Field's flight path.

The agency said the changes are part of the Southern California Metroplex project, which will replace dozens of existing conventional air routes with satellite-based routes. The FAA says it undertook the project to improve airspace safety and efficiency.

The new changes are expected to take place in two weeks, but residents were fed up and skeptical because they don't believe the FAA has listened to their concerns over noise and pollution.

"The whole meeting tonight was a fraud show. It's a side show and it does not address the problems that residents are experiencing now," said an attendee.

In San Diego, the changes created controversy when residents of Point Loma objected to a departure pattern from Lindbergh Field that would create additional jet noise. Last month, Supervisor Greg Cox said the FAA rejected the proposed route that caused the most concern.

The FAA said briefings will be held in an open-house format, where people can attend anytime during the three-hour window to learn about the changes. FAA representatives will provide information on the project and be available to answer questions.

A second area meeting, about the same airports, is scheduled Tuesday in Spring Valley.

The Southern California Metroplex project takes effect November 10th and will impact Lindbergh Field, McClellan-Palomar Airport, Brown Field and Naval Air Station North Island.

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