The FAA determined Ohio State Airport’s Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program is NOT COMPLETE and the FAA cannot start the 180 day review
Posted Thu May 19, 2011 2:17 pm EDT
Originally posted 4/29/2011EDT
Updated with additional documents 5/19/2011
Update: OSU Airport Part 150 Study
Appointed and having served as a member of the OSU Airport Part 150 Advisory Committee, WOOSE
recently contacted the FAA to inquire about the status of the Ohio State University Airport’s Part
150 Study. WOOSE Vice-President and Part 150 Advisory Committee member, Jane Weislogel, spoke with
Katherine Delaney, of the FAA’s Great Lakes Region in Romulus, Michigan.
Ms. Delaney indicated the FAA notified Doug Hammon, OSU Airport’s Director, in March of 2011 to
advise that the FAA determined Ohio State Airport’s Noise Compatibility Program was not complete and
that the FAA cannot start the 180 day review.
To confirm this information and better understand the situation, WOOSE submitted public records
requests to Doug Hammon and the FAA. Those records are available for review at
A review of those records revealed:
1.The FAA has refused to start its 180 day review of the OSU Airport draft Noise Compatibility
Program because the draft is NOT complete. WOOSE agrees that KOSU’s draft is not complete and in
certain instances is wrong. FAA documents reveal that $851,739 has been spent, and the FAA will not
pay for corrections.
2. The FAA rejected the Noise Exposure Maps because the 2013 NEM (Noise Exposure Maps) do not
present the airport geometry as it will be in 2013. Specifically these maps are based on the
assumption that an extension to the North Runway will have been constructed by 2013 and that jet
aircraft operations will be split between the North and South runways. That is not going to happen
by 2013. The jet aircraft operations, which are the biggest cause of noise complaints, will remain
concentrated on the South runway. The Noise Exposure Maps (NEM) must be redone to reflect this
concentration. If OSU, at some future time, wants to consider extending the North runway, it should
do new Noise Exposure Maps reflecting the actual and projected operations including the actual and
projected fleet (aircraft) mix at that time. The FAA also cited a 46% decrease in operations
(take-off or landing), a significant difference from the Terminal Area Forecast used in the study.
3. The FAA also pointed out that the more than 800 pages of public questions/comments received
during the process of the Part 150 Study have NOT been organized, catalogued or resolved. In fact,
many of the public comments have never even been addressed. All of that work should have been done
consultants and should now be completed without further/additional charge to the Federal
4. WOOSE believes that had the public comments, submitted to OSU and their consultants, been
seriously addressed, the proposed Noise Compatibility Program would be much different and much
better. As one example consider the following: In 2006 KOSU hosted a national intercollegiate flying
competition called SAFECON at the OSU Airport. That event resulted in a substantial and well
documented negative noise impact on the airport’s neighbors. In 2007, OSU hosted the same
competition, however, the flying activities of the event were moved to and conducted at Rickenbacker
Airport where they could be held entirely within the grounds of the airport and did not impact the
airport’s neighbors. Although in 2006 the Dean of the College of Engineering promised that the
SAFECON competition would NOT be held at the OSU Airport in the future, the fact is OSU had bid for
and held the same competition at the OSU Airport in May of this year (2011). OSU has sponsored/held
this event 3 of the last 6 years. Also important to remember, the SAFECON event spikes operations
numbers each year it is held at the airport. A Noise Compatibility Program that would have been
responsive to the public concerns should have proposed moving the practice and flying competition of
the SAFECON event to a site such as Rickenbacker Airport, so as to mitigate or eliminate the
substantial noise impact created by this event on the public and the residential neighborhoods
5. The FAA also raised questions about comparisons of the noise complaint system originally started
by the City of Worthington, later reorganized and maintained by WOOSE as well as the noise complaint
system established and now maintained by the Ohio State Airport. This is significant because during
the one period when two systems were in operation, the WOOSE system recorded nearly 4 times as many
complaints as the OSU system. WOOSE submitted this information to OSU for use in the study. During
the Part 150 Study process, numerous deficiencies in the OSU Complaint System were documented by
members of the public and WOOSE. The draft Noise Compatibility Program does not address those
problems or propose corrective action. The OSU Noise Complaint System is hard to find, hard to use,
frequently not working and continues to understate the noise impact the OSU Airport is having on its
6. The FAA has also pointed out that the six year old draft Master Plan has never been completed.
WOOSE believes that OSU should start over on the Master Planning process in order to take into
a) the fundamental changes in the US economy;
b) the apparent long term changes in fuel costs;
c) changes in business practices, such as teleconferencing;
d) the growing recognition that carbon emissions must be restricted which, in the future, may have
significant impact on corporate jet travel which is the most carbon intensive form of travel per
passenger mile traveled;
e) the conversions of corporate propeller driven aircraft to jets (made possible by new types of jet
aircraft) are much less expensive and, in some cases, do not need longer runway lengths.
7. WOOSE believes that OSU’s Part 150 Study process has been seriously flawed from the beginning.
During the process WOOSE and other members of the public have repeatedly pointed out deficiencies.
Those deficiencies have often been ignored, or as the FAA put it, “they have been neither cataloged
nor addressed.” The fact that the Noise Compatibility Program is incomplete should have been no
surprise to OSU. We hope that OSU and their consultants will do their job properly.
Please note as of May 19, 2011
Doug Hammon, Airport Manager,has not provided updated information about the Part 150 Study to the
public or Advisory Committee members who, with the airport, worked years on this study.
Documents WOOSE received from OSU Airport and the FAA are available for your review at:
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