Plenty of airport angst

Judging by letters to the PNR, many residents have aircraft related issues.

Judging by letters to the PNR, many residents have aircraft related issues. So, who in the grand scheme of things determines the where/when/how of flight manoeuvres?

It would seem these procedures would come under the authority and control of NAVCAN. So, is it not time for more controlled and considerate procedures to be established for all categories of aircraft?

There can be no operational justification for any aircraft to fly at low altitude and at high power over a residential property and this should be stopped.

Is there a compelling reason why takeoffs or approaches have to pass over someone’s roof? It is time to stop the habit of overflying residential property in the Town of Sidney and its immediate areas, as these are typically at low altitude and generate the maximum disturbance to people below.

Short turn ins/outs are also unnecessary. As has been noted, noise is but one component. Vibration inside our wood framed dwellings is considerable and of such intensity as to contribute to the negative health effects associated with such exposure.

If Sidney is to maintain its reputation for being a desirable place to be, as the town population grows the status quo regarding aircraft movements requires some modification. Aggravating noise is a well-documented source of several serious health issues.

As with most issues there is invariably a dollar value connection, however, this must not be allowed to inhibit needed environmental/safety improvements. It is time to get past any turf-sensitive politics.

V. Gillett, Sidney

Editor’s note: This final letter on the issue of airport noise just flew in under the deadline.

Just Posted

Team Canada athlete pens open letter to City of Victoria about Crystal Pool

Karmen McNamara says an extended closure of the recreation facility would be ‘devastating’

Bluegrass Christmas concert sparks season of giving

Tenth annual show and fundraiser held on Dec. 1 at Cordova Bay United Church

Victoria’s Wild ARC facility welcomes new roof thanks to a rush of donations

The animal rehabilitation centre was in desperate need of repairs after 21 years

Victoria’s vacancy rate predicted to rise above one per cent

Rental rates will continue to rise, despite more availability

VIDEO: Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee dies

Marvel co-creator was well-known for making cameo appearances in superhero movies

Feds dropped ball with WWI anniversary tributes: historians

Wrote one historian: ‘Other than the Vimy Ridge celebration … I think they have done a very bad job’

Sides ‘far apart’ in Canada Post talks despite mediation, says union

The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday

Feds’ appeal of solitary confinement decision in B.C. to be heard

Judge ruled in January that indefinite such confinement is unconstitutional, causes permanent harm

B.C. health care payroll tax approved, takes effect Jan. 1

Employers calculating cost, including property taxes increases

Nunavut urges new plan to deal with too many polar bears

Territory recommends a proposal that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking

Shelter struggles: Landlord takes over rental unit whenever visiting B.C. town

Renter’s story highlights how hard it is to find accommodation in Revelstoke

Lack of public response threatens B.C. referendum credibility

Of the few who have voted, poll finds most rejected proportional representation

Tentative deal reached in NHL concussion lawsuit

More than 100 former players accused the league of failing to better prevent head trauma

Most Read