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Public Must Continue to Note Late Night Air Traffic
Letter to the Editor, March 2, 2005

PUBLIC MUST CONTINUE TO NOTE LATE NIGHT AIR TRAFFIC


To the Editor:

My neighbors and I have been awakened in the wee hours nightly on a predictable schedule by aircraft using OSU Airport.

The noise is distinctive and can be heard long before the planes are directly overhead. It is these single events and the times above that awaken us.

As an added bonus, some of these planes use the same flight path arriving and departing giving us a second dose of noise.

The turn around time is 10 to 30 minutes, so just as we're settling back to sleep, the aircraft noise begins again. The airport is unattended from 11:30 p.m. until 7:00a.m.; no one is available to answer noise calls or observe activity.

OSU chose to conduct and report the minimum environmental and noise testing required by the FAA, so noise averaging was reported than other readily available metrics that more accurately reflect actual aircraft noise.

OSU's noise consultants, Wyle Labs, promote the latter as better indicators of actual noise impact.

People disturbed by OSU aircraft can register complaints at www.woose.org. WOOSE is in the process of working with the airport and FAA officials to investigate aircraft complaints.

These complaints may soon be used to affect real noise mitigation efforts at the airport. Therefore it is imperative that the public continues to report these incidences.

Jane Weislogel
WOOSE Vice President

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