HOOD RIVER, OR – The Port of Hood River will hold a public meeting to provide an update on efforts to minimize neighborhood noise resulting from operations at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield. Scheduled for Thursday, April 12, the meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m., at the WAAAM museum located at 1600 Air Museum Road in Hood River.
Port staff will present details and informational materials for the newly implemented “Fly Friendly” program, geared toward encouraging visiting and resident pilots to operate their aircraft according to a set of guidelines that could help minimize noise impacts on airport neighbors. While the FAA controls all air space and has ultimate authority over any restrictions on aircraft, the “Fly Friendly” program is within the Port’s authority to implement. Although pilot participation is voluntary, these programs are well-known to the flying public and typically achieve success. “Many airports similar to the Ken Jernstedt Airfield have developed and implemented such programs and successfully reduced noise impacts to their neighboring communities,” says Anne Medenbach, Port Development and Property Manager.
The “Fly Friendly” program was developed collaboratively with pilots, the Port’s Airport Advisory Committee, impacted neighbors, the Fixed Base Operator, and Port staff. Brochures describing “Quiet” take-off and landing procedures, posted signage at the airport, and announcements broadcast to approaching pilots on the airport’s AWOS system are the planned methods of distributing the guidelines to pilots. Informational materials are available for download at the Port’s website at https://portofhoodriver.com.
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