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OSU Stage 2 Curfew Violated. Did it awaken you?

September 24, 2009 at 11:19 pm

arriving from the west over Dublin and Columbus

and later on

September 25, 2009 at 12:07am

departing to the east over Worthington and Columbus

A Stage 2 jet violated OSU Airport's Noise Abatement Guidelines:

"Voluntary curfew of Stage 2 jets encouraged between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m."

The aircraft was a noisy Lear Jet 25, tail number SKF69 operated by Kalitta, an aircraft transport provider offering aircraft for hire.

In the past, Medflight used Kalitta jets at OSU for medical transportation. It was the use of noisy Stage 2 jets that generated significant numbers of noise complaints, an OSU Airport study group of Stage 2 operations at OSU, lengthy discussions by OSU Airport Advisory Committee and the establishment by OSU Airport of the voluntary curfew.

It's not about what they are doing; it's HOW it is being done.

During discussions of Stage 2 jet operations, WOOSE learned that Lane Aviation, a fixed base operator (FBO) at Port Columbus, was interested, available and prepared to handle medical operations. Port Columbus has mitigated (and continues to mitigate and monitor) noise for area residents. Port Columbus is prepared and open for medical and Stage 2 operations 24/7. Port Columbus provides the facilities and services to enable aircraft operators to honor OSU's Stage 2 curfew.

OSU Airport on the violation:

OSU Airport External Relations Manager provided the following information about the problematic operations: "The aircraft was a Lear 25 - a Stage 2 jet - on a Lifeguard mission, meaning a life-threatening medical emergency. Due to its excessive noise, the airport has asked aircraft with Stage 2 engines to observe a voluntary curfew from using the airport between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. It is a voluntary curfew, so it is the pilot or aircraft owner's discretion on whether to observe it. Since this was a Lifeguard mission (which is noted on the flight plan), I assume the pilot used his or her best judgment as it related to the medical emergency." Cathy Ferrari

We support the work of Lifeguard.

It's not about what they are doing; it's HOW it is being done.

Consider the following:

1) The jet made 2 arrivals and 2 departures at OSU- that's 4 operations.

September 24th

3:00 pm arrives at OSU from Detroit, MI where Kalitta is based

4:09 pm departs OSU for Atlanta, GA

11:19 pm arrives at OSU from Atlanta

September 25th

12:06 am departs OSU for Detroit

2) Lifeguard operations posted on Flightaware are listed in the color RED. " Lifeguard flights are for missions of an urgent medical nature and the call sign is utilized when a flight requires expeditious handling. Air Traffic Control will expedite the handling of aircraft using a lifeguard prefix to their flight identifier. Lifeguard flights operate under their own identifier but are displayed in red on other FlightAware pages.

3) The four operations listed above were not posted in RED as Lifeguard flights on Flightaware. Flightaware records do not support Ms. Ferrari's statements.

4) In the past, problematic operations identified as "medical operations involved returning staff to Medflight or flying in to re-fueling helicopters w/o patients onboard.

5) The Port Columbus Airport and their Fix Based Operators (FBO) have the facilities, are open 24/7 and are able as well as prepared for medical transport and Stage 2 operations. Port Columbus Airport (CMH) and its tower are open 24/7 with 2 runways for Stage 2 jets. Port Columbus Airport has mitigated aircraft noise for surrounding residents. The FBO at Port Columbus has experience with medical transport.

6) Ms. Ferrari's statement points out the limits and effectiveness of OSU's noise abatement plan: "It is a voluntary curfew, so it is the pilot or aircraft owner's discretion on whether to observe it. I assume the pilot used his or her best judgment ..."

7) Violations of OSU"s Stage 2 curfew has happened before. The following links provide a brief history of another violation:

http://www.woose.org/news/news.html?newsid=89

http://woose.org/articles/2006-06-03-medflight-stage-2.html

8) Sound Initiative http://www.soundinitiative.org/ is a national organization working to phase out/ ban Stage 2 jets in the United States. WOOSE and OSU Airport are members of Sound Initiative.

9) OSU PART 150 Consultants will be holding public meetings next month to discuss proposed aircraft noise abatement plans and procedures. Please keep in mind the effectiveness OSU's current Noise Abatement Guidelines and their ability to reduce aircraft noise and interruption.

It's not about what they are doing; it's HOW it is being done.

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