CHARLEVOIX — Pilots flying in and leaving Charlevoix will be asked to follow a voluntary noise abatement policy this summer.
Members of the airport advisory committee heard from residents who live near the airport that noise from planes had reached an unbearable level last summer and decided to act with adding signs and trying to educate pilots on the volunteer procedures to limit noise at night and early morning.
“We want the public to know we are acting on this by taking it a step at a time,” said Ken Tough, committee chairman.
The airport night recommendations for jet and turboprop aircraft when arriving will be to use runway 09 and departing will be runway 27.
“We agreed following the model that Harbor Springs uses at its airport was our best approach in Charlevoix,” said committee member Don Seelye.
The airport will be placing signs and brochures in the pilot lounge that list the airport recommendations for noise control.
“The voluntary noise abatement policy is a very educational approach,” said committee member Shirley Gibson. “This way we can work together for a mutual cooperation between the flying public and surrounding property owners.”
The airport does not plan on placing signs near the runways because of Federal Aviation Administration requirements, said airport manager Liz Myer.
“(FAA) recommends interior signage before placing them near the airfield because of them being part of non-essential signage,” Myer said. “Runways are object-free areas and I think we have a captive audience in the pilots lounge.”
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