No No Airlines At Hanscom! Sound Familiar?

Fri Jul 13, 2001 7:12 am

I live near Hanscom Field, a civil/military airfield about 25 minutes outside of Boston. There's a lot of protest and controversy surrounding Shuttle America's launch of Dash-8 turboprop flights from Hanscom (BED) two years ago.

Other airlines have expressed strong interest in serving this satellite airport including Midway, Boston-Maine Airways (Pan Am), and US Airways Express. The latter finally backed down after receiving hostile protests from the locals at a town meeting. Many airlines are opting for Worcester, Mass. even though it is considerably further from Boston, and hence, not the most convenient alternative.

Most of Hanscom Field's surrounding residents express the usual concerns: air/noise pollution, increased road traffic, etc. But there's also a core group of environmentalists and history fanatics that claim commercial flights at Hanscom will destroy the historic atmosphere of nearby Minuteman National Park and other landmarks. People are infuriated that trees near the runways and along approach paths are being pruned and cut down. Many residents in my town have huge yellow signs in their yards saying "NO AIRLINES AT HANSCOM: SAVE OUR HISTORIC HERITAGE"

To other Massachusetts members, what do you think of all this? Would you like to see an alternative airport to Boston-Logan other than Providence, Manchester NH or Worcester? Do you think that the regional flights both currently operating and on the proposal table would help to ease congestion and delays at Logan? What do you think of the nimbys living near BED? Are they being unreasonable?

How about people from other states? Do you live near a satellite airport that's surrounded by protests and controversy? What do you see as the solution?
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RE: No No Airlines At Hanscom! Sound Familiar?

Fri Jul 13, 2001 1:50 pm

Is a small-scale civil airport more damaging (in a historial sense) than an Air Force base?
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RE: No No Airlines At Hanscom! Sound Familiar?

Fri Jul 13, 2001 2:04 pm

You could hear a tick fart underneath a throttled up Avro at takeoff thrust, they're so quiet. The other RJ's are about as quiet too.

A poster on another thread put it best..... why do suburban NIMBY types freak out at the thought of modern jetliners when chances are their own teenagers have "boom cars" that can amp out as many(and far more annoying) decibels as and fanjet?

RE: No Airlines At Hanscom! Sound Familiar?

Fri Jul 13, 2001 2:52 pm

LHMark: Good call. I've never heard an outcry over the Air Force traffic -- although, to be honest, it's pretty minimal at this sleepy air base. There has always been a steady flow of Learjets and Gulfstreams, however. Call me crazy, but I think those little rocket jets are significantly louder than a Dash-8.  Big grin
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RE: No No Airlines At Hanscom! Sound Familiar?

Sat Jul 14, 2001 12:25 am

Classic case of NIMBY-ism. I live in the heart of Boston (South End) and I like having Logan so close by. I hear the airplanes overhead in the morning but that's the price you pay for convenience.

Now to my selfish neighbors 15 miles to the West: How dare you use the "historical heritage" argument! What a line of crap. Anyone living in Boston could use the same argument The building I live in was constructed in 1811 and nearly all the churches in my neighborhood are on the National Registry. Historic landmarks are spread all through Boston and the region. These folks just don't want to shoulder their share the burden. They suck.
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RE: No No Airlines At Hanscom! Sound Familiar?

Sat Jul 14, 2001 2:26 am

I've flown to and from Hanscom Field on Shuttle America. It is a much needed alternative to Logan's traffic and location.

I was just reading the history of Hanscon Field.

It turns out this land was intended to be an auxiliary airport when it was purchased by the MA Legislature in 1941. It was farmland prior to 1941.

There has been lots of Air Force traffic at this airport. It bet it was pretty noisy in the 1960's. People probably just got used to it being quiet in the 80's and 90's. However, anyone who bought property there recently didn't check out the possibilities very well.

In my view, the only residents who have a legitimate right to complain needed to live near Hanscom before 1941.