Military Planes
by AHS1960
 in response to Military planes flying TOO LOW to homes
Dec 06, 2009 | 309 views | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print

DTR,

I’m sure you could contact the head of the Alabama National Guard to register your complaint.  He used to be a fellow from Clay County, but I think he retired.

One thing.  I worked and flew on those airplanes back in the 1960’s.  Noise abatement is not what they are about.  Those four Allison turboprop engines generate a tremenduous amount of energy and noise.  If the airplanes are on a low approach to Anniston Airport they will make everything rattle.  It’s even worse on the other side from you when they go to full throttle on climb out.  It’s not unusual for them to fly 500 feet above the ground on the final path to the airport.

You might ask someone in Montgomery at the National Guard Headquarters, or better yet, who is your representative?  You might ask give him several specific questions and ask for a reply:  

1.  How long is this (the noise at night) going to last.

2.  Are there any regulations about how late at night they can practice approaches to a civilian airport?  I think it is usally around 9:30, but obviously they are keeping you guys up later. 

I use to live close to the practice area at Pelham Range.  They would fire those big artillery pieces up until late at night.  I contacted fort McClellan and found they were supposed to stop at 9:30 PM.  After that, whenever they would continue firing after 9:30 I would call the Range Control Office at the fort and they would tell them to stop.

Like I said, I love airplanes so it doesn’t bother me.  (I’m also a little hard of hearing :)  ).

Good luck!

 

AHS1960

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