The airport has had an uptick in the number of complaints about noise, aircraft tracks, and aircraft pollution. Most of them are complaints that have basically no recourse as pilots were flying in an appropriate way, and there isn't much we can do about them, but where we can do something better to adhere to the voluntary noise abatement procedures, we should try to do our best.
Below is a case in point I've chosen pretty much at random that shows a pilot doing some touch and go's at Boulder in one of our aircraft. The track is very accurate when over the runway, so I have to assume it is also very accurate everywhere else in the pattern.
The voluntary noise abatement procedures - attached below - recommend a pattern that remains over, not north of Jay Rd, and east of 30th st. when possible.
In this case, this pilot did not adhere to those recommendations, and the City got a complaint from a citizen, that was forwarded to the airport Mgr, and then to me.
So please make sure that our students and pilots understand the voluntary noise abatement procedures and follow them to the best of our collective ability.
While we may be in the right with regards to the FAA regulations and jurisdiction, we are in a political fight with the anti airport / anti noise folks. If we, the airport community, cannot do a better job of both trying to adhere to the noise abatement, and also counter the political narrative, we'll find ourselves in a difficult place.
Lets see if we can do what we can to improve the situation.
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