The Thursday, Jan. 15 meeting of the City of Naples Airport Authority focused on the noise program at Naples Municipal Airport.
Ted Baldwin, senior vice president of Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc., outlined the history and status of the Airport Authority’s noise attenuation efforts. He has served as the airport’s noise consultant since 1995.
“Naples Municipal Airport has a well-deserved national reputation for leadership in identifying, pursuing and promoting innovative and effective noise-control techniques,” said Baldwin. “Its Noise Compatibility Committee continues to actively explore ideas for lessening noise and works to encourage pilots to use noise-attenuation measures and observe the airport’s voluntary overnight curfew.”
The Airport Authority also will conduct other business during the meeting, which will be streamed live on the city’s website at www.naplesgov.com.
In 2012, the Airport Authority and the Noise Compatibility Committee launched the “Please Fly Safe Fly Quiet” campaign to encourage pilots and aircraft operators to do all they can to minimize aircraft noise. The campaign encourages pilots to observe the airport’s recommended 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. aircraft curfew, as well as to follow recommendations such as using the full runway length for takeoffs and landings; observing “keep-it-high” landing procedures and quieter departure techniques; adhering to preferred flight paths; and using idle reverse thrust.
Naples Municipal Airport, a certificated air-carrier airport, is home to flight schools, air charter operators, car rental agencies and corporate aviation and nonaviation businesses as well as fire/rescue services, mosquito control, the Collier County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit and other community services. During the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the airport accommodated 95,120 takeoffs and landings.
All funds used for the airport’s operation, maintenance and improvements are generated from activities at the airport or from federal and state grants; the airport receives no property tax dollars. The Florida Department of Transportation values the airport’s economic impact to the community at $283.5 million annually.
To learn more or to subscribe for email updates about the airport, visit www.FlyNaples.com.