iamlucky13 wrote:BWIAirport wrote:Reading the articles there seems to be a lot of conversation about noise levels in the area. Why is this a problem, with bigger, louder 777s, 747s, and 787s flying in and out all day?
It's not, as the environmental assessment indicated. There will be a slight increase in the average noise, but not the peak noise levels, due to having a slight increase in the number of flights. The day-night average noise footprint will grow slightly, but the significant noise impact level footprint will not cover any residential area. There are also (currently voluntary, if I remember right) time limits on commercial flight operations that don't apply to the existing users of the airport.
But the perception of many in the area is that the noise level will be radically different, and that Paine Field will somehow become a 40 million passenger per year airport like SeaTac.
So the noise concerns are essentially fearmongering by the public?