Friday, February 20, 2015

Naples Airport Authority invites the public to share ideas about airport noise

The City of Naples Airport Authority wants input about airport noise issues and invites the public to share ideas during a community forum and open house. Airport Authority staff and members of the Noise Compatibility Committee will be on hand to share information and solicit suggestions from the public from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. The event will take place in the Commercial Airline Terminal at Naples Municipal Airport, located at the south end of the airport off North Road.

The Noise Compatibility Committee is a volunteer advisory group of nine citizens from all parts of the community that studies and makes recommendations to the Airport Authority on noise compatibility measures.

“Naples Municipal Airport has earned a national reputation for innovative and effective noise-control techniques, but we know we can do more,” said Donna M. Messer, a member of the City of Naples Airport Authority Board of Commissioners and board liaison to the Noise Compatibility Committee. “We are working diligently to do all that is possible to minimize noise and are actively looking for new ideas for mitigating airport noise.

“We hope lots of people will come to share their thoughts with us and learn more about the airport,” said Messer.

M. Richard Mellon, J.D., who chairs the Noise Compatibility Committee, shares Messer’s views.

“As good neighbors, the committee members are taking this opportunity to educate the public about airport operations and our continued efforts to decrease noise impacts in the community,” said Mellon “We are eager to work with our neighbors to alleviate their concerns about aircraft-generated noise.”

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 is home to fire/rescue services, mosquito control, the Collier County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit and other community services as well as flight schools, air charter operators, car rental agencies and corporate aviation and nonaviation businesses. Opened in 1943, the certificated air-carrier airport occupies a square mile bordered by commercial and residential development, just minutes from downtown Naples. 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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