On Thursday the Naples Airport Authority meeting will focus on the noise program at Naples Municipal Airport. You are invited to join us at Naples City Hall, 735 Eighth St. S., at 8:30 a.m.
Ted Baldwin, senior vice president of Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc., will outline the history and status of the Airport Authority’s noise attenuation efforts. He has served as the airport’s noise consultant since 1995.
Baldwin has told us that Naples Municipal Airport has earned a national reputation for leadership in identifying, pursuing and promoting innovative and effective noise-control techniques. He reports that our Noise Compatibility Committee, a group of community volunteers who monitor airport noise issues, is a model for stakeholder involvement that many similar-size airports consider when designing their own outreach efforts.
Thursday’s meeting is intended to share information about what we have accomplished in mitigating airport sound, what programs are in place and how we are implementing them.
The Airport Authority has pursued significant measures since 1974 to lessen aircraft noise. It was the first airport operator to ban Stage 1 and Stage 2 jets under 75,000 pounds. During 2011, takeoff length was added to the main runway to make the airport more noise sensitive and to increase safety with more room for aborted takeoffs and other emergencies.
In December, work was completed to extend Taxiway A to make it safer and easier for pilots to use the full takeoff distance. The longer takeoff length helps mitigate noise by allowing aircraft to achieve higher altitudes before leaving the airport, which reduces sound under the flight path. I have received reports from several airport neighbors that they have noticed a clear reduction in aircraft noise since the taxiway was extended.
The Airport Authority continues to do its best to keep Naples Municipal Airport a considerate neighbor. We are aggressively pursuing published Federal Aviation Administration approach and departure procedures that will benefit aircraft operators in the community. We persistently spread the word about noise-abatement measures through the “Please Fly Safe Fly Quiet” campaign.
Pilots are encouraged to observe the airport’s recommended 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. aircraft curfew, as well as to use preferred flight corridors, “keep-it-high” landing procedures and quieter departure techniques. Updated pilot-information handouts are posted on our website, www.FlyNaples.com. The flight-planning website www.WhisperTrack.com provides current data to provide noise-abatement information to pilots automatically. The “Please Fly Safe Fly Quiet” logo has been posted at the airport wherever pilots and aircraft owners can see it, including oversized versions on the blast fences at the ends of the main runway and on airport vehicles that service aircraft on the ramp.
If you are interested in learning more about airport noise and the challenges we face in making the airport quieter, I hope you’ll attend the presentation Thursday. The meeting will be streamed live on the city’s website at www.naplesgov.com.