Complaint by Norman Echelberry ref. 4/3/2011 to City Concerned Form Page and
To residents concerned about the flight schools at Ormond Beach Airport:
Below is the information I filled out on the City of Ormond Beach Report a Concern page 4/4/11 (and below it is a response from the airport manager):
I didn’t realize that if one of the City Staff respond to you, your original information may not be included in their response. So, before you hit submit on any complaints on that Report a Concern page, copy the text you are sending, maybe make a notepad .txt file or .doc word file to save it in so you can pull it up later.
I didn’t, so here is the jest of what I said.
Date of Complaint: April 3, Sunday 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. On this day, I was out on a boat on the Tomoka River and did not have my camera or binoculars with me. If you view the image at this web site (http://echelberry.org/Airport/airport-images-maps/path-n-s.jpg
) you will see a red arrow and a blue dotted line. At the top of the red arrow is where I was in a boat. During that time period I observed almost 30 flights take off from the airport and NONE of them crossed east of the blue dotted line. Most flew directly over the homes and my home in Tomoka Estates. I could not tell how loud they were because I was not home. This shows that flight schools are not following the “suggested” path around residential neighborhoods.
Also, my wife complained about a low flying noisy plane between 10 and 11 pm over our house. I did not hear it because of earplugs I had on.
Airport Manager reply:
Good morning, Mr. Echelberry...
Thank you for reporting your observations of aircraft apparently not flying requested routes for noise abatement. I will communicate with the flight schools this morning, and ask them to remind their instructors and student pilots about turning over the marsh areas east of the airport rather than the residential areas.
Steven R. Lichliter
Ormond Beach Municipal Airport
P.O. Box 277
Ormond Beach, FL 32175-0277
Office: (386) 615-7019
Mobile: (386) 212-8406
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