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Airport seeks new advisors

Christine Stanley
Sierra Sun
Ryan Salm/Sierra SunA private airplane prepares to take off from Truckee Tahoe Airport. The airport's community advisory team is looking for new members to fill vacant seats.
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Some of the original members of the Truckee Tahoe Airport District’s community advisory team are waving goodbye to 18 months of hard work and research, and now the airport board is looking for a few good citizens to fill those vacant spots.

“The [Airport Community Advisory Team] has accomplished a lot, but I think that ACAT II is going to have to make tougher calls,” said team member Tom Van Berkem.

The advisory team was originally established in 2005 because board members recognized there was unrest in the community over noise issues and the impact it was having on airport-community relations, said team member Don McCormack.

The board of directors created the advisory team to help study the impact of the airport on the surrounding community and to make recommendations based on the team’s research and meetings.

“ACAT II will probably be a whole different animal,” said team member Rob Lober. “We will be passing on a wealth of data that we have collected, but in the next 12 months you will probably see a lot of changes because we’re right on the verge of stuff taking place.”

The issues to be tackled by ACAT II are numerous and include a variety of projects that address noise abatement concerns and community relations, including modifying aircraft to reduce noise and building a new Web site, McCormack said.

“There is more on the platter than we can digest, but I think the hard part has been done as far as getting organized and figuring out what we can implement,” McCormack said.

In an effort to fine-tune ACAT II and increase its level of consistency and knowledge, the board voted that the team would be comprised of just six members, rather than eight, and new members will now serve overlapping terms of 12 or 24 months, rather than the current 18-month term, to ensure that not all members are turned over at once.

The Airport Community Advisory Team was created in April 2005 by the Truckee Tahoe Airport District Board of Directors to explore the various community concerns, both current and future, resulting from airport operations.

Key issues are noise, land use and airport growth. The ACAT’s mission is to examine various means to enable the district to mitigate negative impacts of the airport on the community, while continuing to operate a general aviation airport that serves the needs of the community. Final recommendations will be presented to the airport board for implementation.


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