Airport shoots down the British |

Airport shoots down the British

The British Royal Navy’s aerial ambitions were shot down by the Truckee Tahoe Airport District Board of Directors at a meeting Tuesday.

A motion to approve the request from the British Royal Navy to use the airport for a three-month helicopter flight certification program failed for lack of a second to the motion, according to an airport release.

The economic benefits, including room rentals, meals, entertainment and airport services were projected at $700,000 for the mid-April to mid-June time frame, but were outweighed by a 6 a.m. start-time and the noise impact on the community during the eight- to 12-week period, Airport General Manager Dave Gotschall said in the release.

The testing program would have evaluated the Royal Navy’s Sea King helicopter’s new rotor blades, and the Truckee Tahoe Airport was selected as a potential test site based on its mountainous location, low early morning winds and the variety of terrain and altitudes in close proximity to the airport, according to the release.

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