OSU Presentation to the Worthington Republican Club, August 2005

Dean Bud Baeslack of the OSU College of Engineering spoke to about two dozen members of the Worthington Republican Club on August 18th, 2005 about the expansion of Don Scott Field.

When asked the reason behind the expansion, if it did not help student pilots who will not be flying jet aircraft, Baeslack said that the expansion was intended to serve the community.

It was then suggested that OSU listened less to residents near Don Scott and perhaps better to corporate and private jet owners who might contribute millions of dollars to the university. Mr. Baeslack said he was offended at this suggestion, and that money does not talk. A member of the audience shouted that money does talk everywhere else in our world.

Dean Baeslack expressed his opinion that only a few scattered people in the community were bothered by the airport; that it was just a noisy minority that was complaining. He said he thought all would agree that things have improved dramatically in the eleven months since he came on the scene. Audience participants replied that nothing has happened except for many promises from the dean. Dean Baeslack agreed that there was a problem about trust.

John Haueisen, a Trustee of the Worthington Historical Society, and member of the Worthington Convention and Visitors Bureau, stated that every one of his tours of historic Worthington, at least each month, have been disrupted by jet noise, especially those along the east side of the Olentangy River.

Dean Baeslack asserted that his proposed radar system would identify alleged offending aircraft. When asked what he would do about the noisy aircraft, he said that if they could prove that a complaint about a particular aircraft was legitimate, they would talk to the pilot about it and work with pilots.

Several people pointed out that the FAA's 65 DNL noise-averaging system does not take into account the single event disruptions, which disturb sleep and deprive residents of the enjoyment of their backyards and patios. They told the dean of the study by Melissa Burns, of Wylie Laboratories, who suggested that a DNL of 55 decibels, and a study of single event noise is a much better indicator of annoyance to a community.

Dean Baeslack stated that they are considering single event noise and other composite noise measurements, but that the FAA's 65DNL was the determining factor for project approval.

Dean Baeslack continued to emphasize that very few people in the community had any objection to the airport, and that nearly everyone agrees he is doing an excellent job of addressing the issues. When some in the audience disputed that, he said "then we'll have to agree to disagree." He went on to say that "it's just very frustrating that you people don't realize how much I'm doing for you."

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