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AIRCRAFT: Greener skies for Seattle, noisier for us

Letter by Donald E. Olson Jr., Tacoma on Aug. 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm | 10 Comments »
August 9, 2012 12:59 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a plan to shift aircraft approaches to Sea-Tac airport. The main reason for this change is: fewer flights over North Seattle homes and lower emissions.

That’s nice, but the revised plans call for flights arriving from the southwest, rather than dog-legging over Olympia, to be replaced by more direct routings over Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the neighborhoods north of state Route 16.

At least the cacophonous noise of those 100 to 150 daily overflights should add joy to the residents who for the past 12 years have been subjected to extreme noise levels of low-flying military
aircraft operating 24/7 out of JBLM, as well as the noise emanating from emergency medical helicopters flying to local hospitals.

Enough is enough. Indeed, it is time for me to consider moving to Olympia or North Seattle, where the politicians attempt to alleviate noise for their residents.

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