Well, I am a German too and I live also in the southern part (close to Stuttgart). I was closely following up this story and the way how this evolved deeply dissappoints me.
First of all I am also a PPL-A pilot with CVFR. I strongly believe that we
( those men and women who participate ind the GA
scene) are getting hunted here in Germany. Restrictions are enforced almost everywhere, the "General Aviation" is seen as something which only rich people can afford, as something which is more or less superfluous and therefore attracting the jealousy of the population.
This behaviour can also be found in the region of "Hohentengen". Of course this is something else than the matter described above. As I am in this region quite often I went there for one day to check by myself of how disturbing this aircraft noise really is. I came to the conclusion that a car, a motorcycle or a truck is creating much more noise than the approaching aircraft. If you also compare the numbers of vehicles passing by on the road and the planes over your head whispering into ZRH
, then it also should be clear what a real nuisance is.
Not the planes!!! In my eyes this is just the typical German stubborn pettiness you can find anywhere here. Sorry for this, but it is the behaviour in my eyes. When those guys complaining come back from their holidays into ZRH
they are happy to arrive on time ond not to get diverted. Also they do not care about the folks living in the approach zone.
One more thing is the approach to RWY 28. I've flown it twice with "blindhood" as a training procedure on a C172 with an experienced flight instructor. I have to say that I got totally sweat after finishing that, the approach is very demanding in my eyes, especially for much faster and heavier aircraft.
The last point: A friend of mine is a B737 Captain flying frequently to Zurich. He also points out, that the regulation is totally STUPID, but part of the daily political buiness and some guys who want to gain votes and show that their strength is on their side!
By the way, ZRH
is my favouite airport. Also I can imagine the foundation of a "Pro Hohentengen approach" seriously!