Letter to the Editor: The Truckee airport is not better

Friday’s article on the airport survey that showed an improvement in satisfaction of the airport could not be more misleading.

To be an accurate survey, it should have been conducted only where daily operations impact the quality of life of the residents: Tahoe Donner, Prosser Lakeview, Prosser Heights, Prosser Dam Road area, Sierra Meadows, Ponderosa Golf Course neighborhood, Martis Camp, Lahontan and the one neighborhood which was not included in the survey and most impacted by daily flight ops, Olympic Heights.

Using the West and North shore of Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Donner Lake and Donner Summit, where flight ops are virtually non-existent, preloads the survey to the “we approve of the airport side.”

I tried the survey online and found it to be designed to lead you to positive direction of the airport. I have heard that the airport board is pretty happy with the decline in noise complaints. As a resident of Olympic Heights I have a news flash for them — we have quit complaining because nothing is done about it and nothing has changed.

My last call to them last fall after a very low flight over my house was greeted by, with humor in the voice, “yeah, we did not think he was going to make it — do you want to file a complaint.”

Really, this was a very unsafe act, and the guy who took the call did not think he should document and send it to the airport manager to follow up. The airport is not better. Flights happen 24/7 now. The jets have improved, but the turbo and standard prop are just plain ignoring all “fly friendly” requests by the airport — simply because they know nothing will be done.

Bryan DeVoe


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