Saturday, November 08, 2014

Mellon leads Naples Airport Authority Noise Compatibility Committee for second year

The Naples Airport Authority Noise Compatibility Committee elected M. Richard Mellon for a second term as chair and voted Ernest Linneman vice chair during its October meeting. The committee also approved its 2013-14 annual report, which is available online at under Noise Abatement/Noise Committee.

The committee helps monitor the impact of aircraft noise and makes recommendations about noise-mitigation procedures for consideration by the City of Naples Airport Authority Board of Commissioners, which appoints members.

Mellon has been a licensed pilot for 50 years and is active in the Civil Air Patrol. He practiced law in Pittsburgh for 25 years and served as an arbitrator and judge in Pennsylvania. A resident of Wyndemere, he has lived in Naples for 20 years, has served as CEO and board chair of Mellon Philanthropic since 1998, and is a member of Pelican Bay Rotary.

A Naples resident since 1991, Linneman served as an airport commissioner from 2003 until October 2013 and was the board liaison to the Noise Compatibility Committee for five years. During his professional career, he was with Honeywell International for 19 years and served as senior vice president of planning and corporate development for Honeywell Aerospace. He also was vice president and general manager of ITT Service Industries, providing services to the three New York City airports.

The nine committee members serve as volunteer representatives of the Collier County Commission, Naples City Council, general aviation pilots and six geographic areas surrounding the airport. In addition to Mellon and Linneman, the committee includes City Councilman Doug Finlay, William E. Cox, Bob Erbstein, Bill Goddard, Bob Tweedie and Scottie Yeager. A committee vacancy, representing general aviation pilots, is expected to be filled in November. Airport Authority Commissioner Donna Messer serves as board liaison to the committee.

In 2012, the Airport Authority and the Noise Compatibility Committee launched the “Please Fly Safe Fly Quiet” campaign to encourage pilots and aircraft operators to do all they can to minimize aircraft noise. The campaign encourages pilots to observe the airport’s recommended 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. aircraft curfew, as well as to follow recommendations such as using the full runway length for takeoffs and landings; observing “keep-it-high” landing procedures and quieter departure techniques; adhering to preferred flight paths; and using idle reverse thrust.

Naples Municipal Airport, a certificated air-carrier airport, is home to flight schools, air charter operators, car rental agencies and corporate aviation and nonaviation businesses as well as fire/rescue services, mosquito control, the Collier County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit and other community services.

During the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the airport accommodated 95,120 takeoffs and landings.

All funds used for the airport’s operation, maintenance and improvements are generated from activities at the airport or from federal and state grants; the airport receives no property tax dollars. The Florida Department of Transportation values the airport’s economic impact to the community at $283.5 million annually.

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