Be heard loud and clear on airport noise
This guest column is to inform you that you have an opportunity to address airport noise and safety issues to the Truckee Tahoe Airport Board of Directors and the Airport Community Advisory Team (ACAT) on this evening, Nov 15, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 11951 Highway 267, Truckee Noise does four things:1. Noise impacts the mental health of the people subjected to it.2. Noise impairs the learning ability of young children.3. Noise devalues property.4. Noise destroys quality of life.My neighborhood, Martis Valley Estates and the surrounding subdivisions, have been subject to two major sources of noise. The noise from Truckee Tahoe Airport and the Town of Truckees corporation yard have become a nuisance. Each one of these agencies knows they have a problem. The Town of Truckee is committed to move the corporation yard at the tune of more than $15 million. The airport is committed to a noise abatement program and a fuel discount program at the tune of a few hundred thousand dollars to resolve their noise and safety problems.The Truckee Tahoe Airport thinks that their abatement program is working. The residents of Martis Valley Estates know better. The reason why this program is not working is because pilots are in command of their aircraft. They may fly anywhere they want as long as it is safe. This noise abatement program is voluntary only. Voluntary programs do not work.I have a personal appeal that the airport board and the ACAT committee meet with the residents of my neighborhood. Last Thursday, Nov. 9, I made a written appeal that the airport and ACAT meet with senior citizens at the Truckee Seniors Apartments to hear their concerns about low-flying aircraft. They have failed to meet with 31 noise-impacted homeowners mentioned in their Airport Master Plan. They have failed to meet with the senior citizens. It is time that the people of the Town of Truckee take a lead in this community problem. It is time that the people voice their concerns. The problem is safety and noise. These two problems go hand in hand. The question is simple. Is it safer to fly over a road (Highway 267) or 31 homes (Martis Valley Estates)? Does flying over a road reduce noise? I believe so.The airport district has said that most pilots are flying the noise abatement program. Why is it that low-flying aircraft continue to destroy my quality of life? I cannot carry on a normal conversation with my guests during the summer months. It is a standard operational practice to fly over Martis Valley Estates because under-powered, overweight aircraft cannot gain enough altitude due to density altitude. Why is that Im made out to be the airport bad guy when I complain to the airport that my quality of life being disrupted by inconsiderate pilots?You have an opportunity to voice your concerns. Plan to come to the Truckee Tahoe Airport Impact Mitigation Solutions Workshop if you are impacted by noise and have safety concerns. I am appealing to you, the residents of Truckee, to come to this workshop. The Truckee Tahoe Airport Board needs to hear your concerns about noise and safety.This is a government of the people, for the people and by the people. The voice of the people has a right to be heard. The voice of the people can and will make a difference. Attend this Noise Solutions Workshop at the Hampton Inn and Suite on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Remember that this airport is supported by your tax dollar. This airport belongs to the taxpayers, not the pilots or the FAA. Dennis A. Dickinson is a Truckee resident.