An article concerning the data is also in the Metro section of the Dispatch today. Below are some important points about the summary:
This is a good first step in communicating with the public, and this answered
many questions. However, these questions could have been answered months ago.
It appears very few people, if any, will be inside the average 65 decibel zone where the FAA requires noise abatement measures. However, the paper acknowledges instances of noise louder than 65dB in our community. It is the actual noise, not the "average" noise, that causes problems.
The study states that since the 2002 Master Plan there has been a 12% increase in aircraft based at the airport. This leaves one to wonder if similar unexpected jumps might occur, causing more problems than anticipated by this study, which is admittedly only an estimation.
The paper acknowledges that runway expansion alone will not bring significantly more planes into the airport, but more hangars will. It appears that runway extension is the first step in adding more hangars on the north portion of the runway, and potentially many more flights.
Only a very small percentage of aircraft projected to be at the airport could actually gain a benefit from a longer runway. These again questions the need for expansion at all.
Even in its condensed form for public consumption, the issues surrounding the noise study are still complex. The public should be invited to at least observe the June 23rd Airport Advisory Commeittee meeting to help them understand the issues involved better.