If you are a pilot with ideas about noise at Naples Municipal Airport, here’s your chance to have your say. The Airport Authority is recruiting active general aviation or commercial pilots to fill a vacancy on its Noise Compatibility Committee. Applicants must be registered to vote in Collier County, able to participate in at least three meetings a year and willing to volunteer through March 20, 2017.
The committee helps monitor the impact of aircraft noise and makes recommendations about noise-mitigation procedures for consideration by the City of Naples Airport Authority Board of Commissioners, which appoints members.
Applications are being accepted until Oct. 7 and are available at www.FlyNaples.com, under Noise Abatement/Noise Committee/Volunteer. Commissioners will interview applicants during their Oct. 16 meeting, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at Naples City Hall. For more information, call Deputy Executive Director Sheila Dugan at 239-643-0733.
The nine committee members serve as volunteer representatives of the Collier County Commission, Naples City Council, general aviation pilots and six geographic areas surrounding the airport. The committee includes Chair Richard Mellon, Vice Chair Edith Scott “Scottie” Yeager, City Councilman William Barnett, William E. Cox, Bob Erbstein, Bill Goddard and Bob Tweedie, who represents the Collier County Commission. The committee vacancy was created by the resignation of a member with out-of-state business obligations.
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; observing “keep-it-high” landing procedures and quieter departure techniques; and adhering to preferred flight paths.
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 2012-2013 fiscal year, the airport accommodated 91,605 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 more than $273 million annually.
To learn more or to subscribe for email updates about the airport, visit www.FlyNaples.com.