The meeting of mostly irate homeowners last week over the Boise Airport Noise Survey has caused the city to offer another chance for residents to sound off. The GUARDIAN has followed the issue, both from a practical and political standpoint.
It appears the Air Guard and City leaders are in favor of basing high performance combat fighters at Gowen Field. We think it absurd to base those noisy aircraft amidst the most densely populated area in the state of Idaho. Mountain Home is a logical choice.
The current A-10 aircraft is quiet compared to the F-15 and F-35.
From what we saw and heard at the citizen meeting which was dominated by a city councilor candidate and the airport manager, the sound survey appears to be a requirement of the FAA in order to qualify for “mediation funds.” Here is an EASEMENT form the airport offers which will eliminate current and future property owners rights to seek legal redress over airport noise and fumes.
Here is their latest invitation for October 6.
Boise Airport Open House
Noise and Land Use Study
Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Boise River Room – Third Floor of Airport
The Boise Airport invites you to attend an open house on Tuesday, October 6 as part of the Airport’s update to the 14 CFR Part 150 Noise and Land Use Compatibility Study. The meeting will be held in an open house format with project information to view, and airport staff will be available to discuss the project. The presentation will be held at 6:00 PM. Parking will be validated.
The study defines existing and forecast aircraft noise exposure levels around the Boise Airport, and identifies previously approved noise abatement measures and updated land use and continuing program measures necessary to maintain or enhance compatible land use in the areas and communities surrounding the airport.
This study simply models forecasted noise levels from aircraft that could be based at Gowen Field. No long term aircraft basing decisions have been made by the United States Air Force at this time regarding what could come after the A-10 is retired at Gowen Field.
Editor Note: The city used airport funds to display signs proclaiming support of the F-35 and the city council also passed a unanimous resolution in support. It is easy to claim it is “all in the hands of the military in Washington,” but the city politicos and Air Guard command have more influence than the homeowners on the Boise Bench and none has spoken against the noisy combat fighter jets.
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