To the Editor:
Residents in the airport noise affected community who believed airport management and Town Board rhetoric that the would proactively address noise abatement protocols must abandon that hope.
At the information session held by the air traffic controllers, Councilman Stanzione, Jim Brundige and EH Aviation Association leadership this past Saturday to familiarize pilots with required tower protocols, it was clearly and unequivocally stated that the control tower would not address noise issues. All the bluster about how the control tower would mitigate noise at the airport was distinctly and completely put to rest.
Some representatives from the Quiet Skies Coalition went to listen and learn. And we got quite a lesson. Interestingly, the only noise abatement questions fielded from the audience came from some local pilots genuinely inquiring how the tower procedures would dovetail with noise abatement procedures. The answer, over and over, was clear - this “is not about noise”.
QSC never had much faith that the control tower would provide measurable noise abatement, but would spread the nuisance to more neighborhoods, rather than reducing noise by limiting flights. Another theory held that controllers would influence altitudes, another demonstrated noise mitigation tool - the higher the craft, the less noise on the ground. This notion was also dispelled at Saturday’s meeting. The controllers said they will not dictate altitudes.
This meeting clearly demonstrated the disingenuous treatment of the noise affected by the Town Board and most particularly, Councilman Stanzione, whose lip service to the noise affected and many statements declaring the control tower as the best hope, have now been completely refuted.
As a safety improvement, the tower adds value. As a noise abatement tool, it is simply folly.
Quiet Skies Coalition