In the spring of 2003 OSU Airport stated its intent to add hangars and extend the North runway. The proposed extended North runway would be used by all jets and high performance aircraft. As a result, all aircraft using the extended N runway would descent directly over downtown Worthington and surrounding Sharon Township residential neighborhoods on final approach to OSU airport. Jets and high performance aircraft departing OSU to the East are required to make a 050 degree turn flying over Worthington and Sharon Township residential neighborhoods and remain under 3,000 feet to avoid Port Columbus airspace.
The City of Worthington retained legal counsel and experts. In June, 2003, on the advice of counsel, the City of Worthington requested that the OSU Airport perform a Part 150 Noise Study (Part 150) to document the impact of existing and future airport operations.
After years of pressure by WOOSE, the City of Worthington and Village of Riverlea representatives, OSU finally agreed to perform a Part 150 and Noise Compatibility Program (NCP) with financial support by the FAA. The study began in 2007.
OSU hired experts, consultants and a public relations firm to conduct and present the studies. The studies determined noise impacts did not reach the 65 DNL (averaged day/night level) as required by the federal government for noise mitigation (improvements to lessen noise exposure). Even though the study failed to show impacts over the 65 DNL metric, OSU agreed to analyze other options for noise mitigation. OSU posted recommended Noise Guidelines for pilots using OSU airport which you may review at http://www.osuairport.org/39 The study also included a list of recommended voluntary programs to reduce noise impacts.
In 2010 OSU submitted the Part 150 and a Noise Compatibility Program (NCP) to the FAA for review and approval.
In April of 2011, the FAA advised OSU the information submitted in the NCP was incomplete, inaccurate and dated. The FAA determined it was unable to begin the next step (a 180-day review) and was unwilling to pay for additional study to address the problems. You may review these documents at http://www.woose.org/news/news.html?newsid=154 and also http://woose.org/docs/files/2011-05-faa-foia-response.pdf
OSU Airport Director Doug Hammon wrote the FAA assuring the information provided was complete and correct. WOOSE wrote the FAA supporting the findings of the FAA as well as the importance of using complete, accurate and up-to-date data in all studies and reports. As of this writing, the FAA has not provided additional response.
As of 2013, The OSU Part 150 study has not been accepted by the FAA. The OSU Part 150 Study has not been approved by the FAA.
The City of Worthington, Sharon Township and the Village of Riverlea do not have power to compel either OSU or the FAA to implement noise abatement procedures or other mitigation, but these entities can use efforts to influence decision makers. In the event that OSU decides to proceed to extend the North Runway, there will be another wave of hearings and reports under the environmental laws, including either an Environmental Impact Statement or Environmental Assessment.
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