McClellan-Palomar Airport Neighbors Say Pilots Aren't Following
Noise Abatement Procedures
"If pilots would just
follow the recommended (flight) path, we wouldn't be here
So says Gail Carroll, who lives in Carlsbad (CA). She was one of
about two dozen people who showed up at a meeting of the
McClellan-Palomar Airport Advisory Committee Thursday night to
complain about airport noise.
Mind you, these are the folks that moved next to an airport and
then decided they didn't like airplane noise. Hmmmm....
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports she and eight of her
neighbors who just can't stand the noise. But this isn't about a
neighborhood bashing general aviation. Instead, it's a story about
people who say they want to work with the airport in a... well,
That's welcome news for airport administrators, who already seem
to have enough on their hands. Pilots at Palomar have complained to the
FAA about being booted out of their hangars and tie-down spots as
the airport undergoes renovation.
Right now, noise abatement procedures at Palomar call for
departing jets taking off from Runway 24 to climb at best rate on a
heading of 250 degrees until at least a half-mile over the Pacific
Ocean. At that point, jet pilots can pick their heading and
altitude above 2000 feet. Props departing 24 are asked to maintain
runway heading until reaching 800 feet. The north pattern for 24 is
preferred, according to the procedure. All departures from Runway
6, regardless of type, are asked to maintain runway heading until
reaching at least 800 feet.
The airport also encourages "Quiet Hours" between 2200 and 0700.
Jet flight is discouraged, as are touch-and-go maneuvers.
"At this point, we have a compatible airport," said Jeff Fuller
of URS. That's the San Diego environmental engineering company
conducting a noise study at McClellan-Palomar.
Pilot Paul Breed told the San Diego paper, "We're trying to be
good neighbors as well." But, he said, vectors from the tower or
ATC often force pilots to abandon the noise abatement
Regarding the complaint by pilots angry at the way the Airport
Committee is going about renovating the field, the Committee voted
not to put the $30 million project on hold, according to the
Union-Tribune. Resolution on the matter could take months and
committee members said the show must go on.