City and flight tour operators to meet about aircraft noise

Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- The Juneau Assembly has directed city officials and flight tour operators to meet within the next two weeks to discuss concerns about aircraft noise.

The two sides will explore options for monitoring and reporting aircraft noise contained in the city's voluntary compliance program.

NorthStar Trekking President Bob Engelbrecht said flightseeing operators are using quieter aircraft and have adjusted routes and hours to respond to community concerns. For example, a new route this year will take helicopters to the Herbert Glacier and the Juneau Icefield over McGinnis Creek on good weather days, avoiding the Windfall Lake area, he said.

Under the voluntary compliance program, operators agreed not to schedule glacier tour flight departures before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m. and to complete all tour flights by 9 p.m.

Operators plan to send a newsletter to Juneau residents this month with descriptions and maps of flightseeing routes.

Wings of Alaska President Bob Jacobsen said his company routinely goes beyond the guidelines in the program. The company's latest departure is 6 p.m., he said.

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