Citing what they claim are conflicting statements from Deputy Airport Director Matt Petja regarding noise levels, the group is actually offering the Council a face-saving way to back off on their support of the war planes using the same field and airspace as passenger aircraft.
They say Councilors based their support in large part upon Petja’s supposed assessment of the noise issue.
Specifically they say Petja was quoted in a February city-issued press release saying, “…that the proposed (F-35) mission would have a minimal and manageable impact on the noise in the surrounding areas.”
At a July 15 neighborhood meeting Petja was questioned by opponents of the F-35 about his noise comment.
According to the group he said, “I told them that the existing runways were long enough to accommodate the F-35s.”
When asked if he now thought the F-35s would have a minimal and manageable impact, he said he did not know.
(EDITOR NOTE–They offer links to recordings and documents supporting their assertions.)
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