2009-07-24 / Letters

Airplane Noise Over Rockaway

Dear Editor,

The front page article "Quieter Skies On Tap For Howard Beach" should have been titled "Noisier Skies On Tap for Rockaway." Departing flights of both runway 31 left and runway 31 right pass a relatively low populated area north of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and turning left toward Jamaica Bay. Depending on the climb procedure followed (there are about three: Breezy Point Climb, Bridge Climb, and Canarsie Climb), by the time it is over either Breezy Point, Neponsit or Rockaway Beach the aircraft altitude is well above 2500 feet and the noise level is minimally invasive.

On the other hand, a closed runway 31 / 13 would force runway 22 / 4 departures and arrivals. Runway 22 departures (Gateway Climb) would overfly Rockaway Beach directly at less than 1500 feet. So a significant noise level would plague Beach 106 through Beach 65 to include runway 4 arrivals where we are overflown by aircrafts on final approach at below 1500 feet.

"Quieter Skies On Tap For Howard Beach" would have been an OK title but there is certainly nothing good about that news for Rockaway residents.

RAOUL WATSON

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