Sat, Aug 20, 2011
Some Had Bought Homes In An Area They Thought Would Be Free Of
More than 50 Naples, FL, residents
attended a meeting conducted by aviation consulting company ESA
Airports Wednesday a part of an FAR Part 150 Noise Study. The
voluntary study is used to maximize noise and land use
compatibility near airports, according to the project manager. The
meeting was one of a series of four planned by the consultant.
ESA was hired by the Lee County Port Authority to conduct the
study pertaining to Southwest International Airport (KRSW).
According to NapleNews.com, the study was prompted by a
2008 change in flight patterns as part of the Florida West Coast
Airspace Redesign. The change meant that homeowners who had not
previously been in a flight pattern had traffic flying over their
neighborhoods. The study is intended to establish a noise baseline
and determine what mitigation, if any, is required. Project manager
Mike Arnold said the baseline will be determined using the FAA's
noise model. Noise levels for both single aircraft and cumulative
operations will be set by the study.
In a 2006 study, done before the change in flight patterns, the
FAA determined there was no noise problem from KRSW.
Residents at the meeting expressed concern that the survey is
being done during the summer, when there are far fewer operations
at the airport. Homeowner Kathleen Fitzgerald said that when an ESA
representative visited her neighborhood, there were very few
flights passing overhead. "It's not what the traffic is like in
season. There is much more," she told NaplesNews.com.
The FAA has set a level of 65 decibels as an acceptable level of
interior noise in a residence. The study currently underway will
help develop noise exposure maps and assist in the development of a
mitigation plan, should one be needed.
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