Some people think wind turbines are bad. Science has proven that noise levels for wind turbines do not affect public health. But airplane noise is a real annoyance. Many people in Oakville think so and attended a recent consultation to express their concern. But the concerns raised by about 50 or so people are not enough to change Navigation Canada’s decision for flight paths that go over Oakville.
Moving flight paths over other communities is not an option. NAV Canada, the company that manages the flight paths of 12 million aircraft movements a year, is unlikely to budge. Complaints from a few dozen Oakville residents are unlikely to affect decision making of NAV Canada.
Flight paths were changed in 2012. Since then, NAV Canada has mandated strategies for airlines that help to mitigate flight noise. But it’s still not enough for many residents. Planes that are approaching runways at low altitudes continue unabated throughout night and day.
Greater Toronto Airports Authority is installing a noise monitoring terminal that will help to record accurate noise levels. When background noise levels are beyond a certain threshold, they can have negative effects on human health.
If you have any comments or concerns about airplane noise over Oakville, you contact torontoAirspaceReview@askhelios.com
A report detailing final recommendations to deal with noise issues will be available in June this year.
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