Saturday, June 21, 2014

Mile-Hi Skydiving: 'Quiet Skies' lawsuit against skydiving is set for trial

A lawsuit claiming Mile Hi Skydiving is making too much noise in its flights has been set for trial April 13.

The Longmont-based group Citizens for Quiet Skies filed the suit in October after two years of disputes with the company. Mile Hi has operated out of Longmont’s Vance Brand Municipal Airport since 1995 and has flown its most recognized plane, a purple and white De Havilland Twin Otter, since 1999; noise complaints against Mile Hi began to increase in 2009.

Quiet Skies claims the noise affects thousands of Boulder County residents, particularly on weekends. Supporters of Mile Hi have disputed the amount of noise and its effects, while city officials have said there’s little they can do to change things without running afoul of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The case is in Boulder County District Court. The trial has been scheduled for five days, to be heard by Judge Judith LaBuda.


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