Colorado’s aviation industry association on Tuesday announced its opposition to a recent bill from U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse that would expand communities’ influence over airport operations in the name of noise reduction.
“H.R. 5423 – which seeks to grant ‘local control’ over airport operations, ostensibly to reduce noise levels – is unnecessary and could compromise safety and jeopardize jobs both at regional airports and in surrounding communities,” said Colorado Avaiation Business Association board chairman Chris Swathwood.
He added that airports “work diligently every day” to minimize noise.
Neguse’s bill, the Aircraft Noise Reduction Act, allows airport operators to restrict the number of flights taking off or landing — and the dates and times of operation — but they must “take into account input received from individuals or entities in communities surrounding the airport.”
The proposal would apply to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Boulder Municipal Airport and Northern Colorado Regional Airport, all in Neguse’s district.
“Under current law, airports must undergo a lengthy and difficult approval process with the Federal Aviation Administration before pursuing mandatory noise-based restrictions, such as a curfew or restrictions on flight operations, which very few airports are able to do successfully,” Neguse’s office said in a December statement.
Neguse’s bill has the support of the mayors of Boulder, Superior, Louisville and Lafayette.