Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Applications being accepted for airport noise committee

Terms expire in March for three members of the City of Naples Airport Authority Noise Compatibility Committee, and members of the public are invited to apply for a four-year term. Applications are available online at www.FlyNaples.com, under Noise Abatement/Noise Committee/Volunteer Application, and must be submitted by Feb. 27 to Deputy Executive Director Sheila Dugan.

The committee helps monitor the impact of aircraft noise and makes recommendations about noise-mitigation procedures for consideration by the City of Naples Airport Authority Board of Commissioners. The nine committee members are volunteers who serve as representatives of the Collier County Commission, Naples City Council, general aviation pilots and six geographic areas surrounding the airport. The three members whose terms end in March are Kenneth Lohmann, who represents general aviation pilots; Byron Meade, representing the area southwest of the airport; and Duane Repp, who represents the northeast quadrant. Each of them is eligible to reapply.

Other committee members are Chair Edith Scott “Scottie” Yeager, Vice Chair William E. Cox, City Councilman William Barnett, Bob Erbstein, Bill Goddard and Bob Tweedie, who represents the Collier County Commission.

During the past year, the committee developed the “Please Fly Safe Fly Quiet” program to encourage compliance with noise-abatement measures at Naples Municipal Airport.

Naples Municipal Airport, a certificated air carrier airport, is home to flight schools, air charter operators and corporate aviation and nonaviation businesses as well as fire/rescue services, mosquito control, car rental agencies and the Collier County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit. All funds used for the airport’s operation, maintenance and improvements are generated from activities at the airport or from federal and state grants; the airport receives no property tax dollars. During the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the airport accommodated more than 87,000 takeoffs and landings. The Florida Department of Transportation named it the state’s general aviation airport of the year for 2012 and values the airport’s economic impact to the community at more than $273 million annually.

To learn more about the airport, review the Noise Compatibility Committee bylaws or subscribe for email updates, visit www.FlyNaples.com.

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