Fri, Oct 11, 2019 • Westchester Airport
Airport Noise: Call to Action
County study is underway & filing official reports provide proof that problems exists
Airport noise & pollution are prominent environmental problems facing Purchase. Fortunately, we have now been presented with a window of opportunity to act and build on momentum created by Westchester County Executive George Latimer.
The County has taken steps designed to shape and implement airport noise solutions at the Westchester County Airport. Harris, Miller, Miller & Hanson a nationally recognized noise and aviation firm, has been retained to collect and analyze noise data and flight patterns. According to Mr. Latimer “their independent analysis allows the County to better collect empirical data on noise and flight patterns. Expanded hard data, along with anecdotal evidence, will assist the County in their efforts to further address community noise concerns.” The scope of the consultant’s work is addressed in the FAQ section below.
Mr. Latimer has also reached out to US Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer and US Congresswoman Nita Lowey and gained their support in getting the FAA to hold a public meeting in the County to hear the airport noise concerns of our constituents who live near the Westchester County Airport. Our representatives are listening and acting!
We appreciate our elected official’s actions to address adverse airport impacts but it’s incumbent upon each of us, individually, to do our part. If aircraft noise interferes with your sleep or disturbs your ability to enjoy home life report it to Westchester County Airport Noise Abatement office. (Continue reading below about the new Airnoise button to learn how it has gotten easier for you to file a complaint)!
Filing a noise complaint establishes an official disturbance report and provides proof, objective data that a problem exists. Given the County study is underway we each have a window of opportunity to play a crucial role!
Consider the Noise Complaint Breakdown by Municipality for May 2019. The 103 complaints filed from eight Purchase households make up only 2 % of the total registered disturbances.
Source: Airport Monitor, Westchester County Government, 31 May 2019, airport.westchestergov.com/images/stories/monitor/201905.pdf
Are you aware that the number of affected households is as important as the overall number of reports? This article in the Los Angeles Times notes that the FAA’s response to increased noise complaints has been to attribute “a large number of complaints to a handful of people.” The FAA doesn’t acknowledge here that most people have busy lives and it is difficult to file a complaint every time a loud plane flies over your house.
But now there is an invention available for those in our community who are disturbed by noise, to file a complaint instantly; and with just one click of the Airnoise button it goes directly to the Westchester County Airport.
The Airnoise button can be carried in your pocket, or on a keychain.
When a user clicks on the AirNoise’s button, the system starts looking for nearby airplanes in a cylinder around and above the user. When the button locates an airplane close enough it will then grab all the information about that plane and send it off to the Airport Authority.
Sign up here. The Button + Subscription plan for the Westchester County Airport will run you $26 button + $5/month.
Need more details on what Airnoise offers? See how it works.
Are any Westchester Communities using the AirNoise button?
How many monitors does the County have and is there one in my area?
Are you concerned airport expansion, and would like to be more involved?
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