Tecumseh resident is bothered by plane noise

To the Editor,I have followed almost every article written in the Herald and Telegram regarding Mr. Aalto’s decision to terminate the use of his airport by Skydive Tecumseh. I for one support him and his decision. It appears to me that the one item that no one has addressed is the noise. The larger Super Grand Caravan 850 Blackhawk, which can carry up to 20 jumpers, is the best in the industry, super fast, making it a fast ride to your altitude. This is according to the advertising put out by Skydive on their website. This plane has a supercharger engine, which to me is the main reason for the excess noise being created. With takeoffs and landings almost every 20 to 25 minutes during the hours of operation for approximately eight months, the noise becomes almost unbearable with the current direction used for take offs and landings that being south. The takeoff path heads over Herrick Park, Tecumseh Middle School and Herrick Hospital then south of M-50. The landing pattern then comes from the east over Hantz Golf Club and Hawthorn Hills, then passing over the new homes built between Burt Street and Macon Road then bank to the north. It seems to me that the best take off and landing direction would be to the north over a far less populated area. In that direction there is only a few homes then out over farmland. The conditions would be reversed upon landing. The economic impact on the community by the loss of the tourists that the Club brings is not in question only the noise issue. Jerry RoslinTecumseh

Tecumseh Herald

 

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