Truckee airport launches new Web site |

Truckee airport launches new Web site

The Truckee Tahoe airport has launched its latest effort in community outreach.

Now the public facility will see if its new Web site can fly.

Part of a multi-pronged approach to increase communication between the airport and the community, and to educate pilots on ways to reduce noise, the airport has launched a new Web site at Other elements of the airport district’s efforts range from community meetings on the outreach side of things to making modifications to aircraft that reduce noise.

While the new Web site provides information on issues ranging from the airport’s economic impact to suggested flight paths for minimizing noise impact, potentially the most useful element for the community is the user’s personalized account.

“The connector account allows people to maintain and view noise reports and other comments,” said Ronele Klingensmith, a spokesperson for the airport. “You can keep track of your comments and see what’s being done with them.”

Airport Manager Dave Gotschall said the new service will give people another way to document flights not following the (voluntary) flight paths or curfews designed to reduce noise impacts.

The airport is trying to promote public involvement by offering incentives such as gift certificates for those who sign up, Gotschall said.

Future plans for the Web site include streamed video of airport district board meetings, but that will be dependent on getting video equipment in the board room, Gotschall said.

The roughly $60,000 upgrade to the Web site took nine months, but Gotschall said it will serve as the airport’s principal communication tool.

Also in community outreach, Gotschall said the airport is running a series of neighborhood meetings ” the latest session with over 30 Martis Estates residents to discuss noise and other issues.

“It was a very good meeting, and we have other neighborhood meetings planned with the [Airport Community Advisory Team],” Gotschall said.

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