Airport Expansion Research Links

photo by D Wray

Vance Brand Airport, Longmont, CO

Reproduced from the CARE website due to repeated pseudonymous claims that CARE is ‘distorting’ the facts. I’ve read many of these and they’re quite definite. Other communities have gone this route and airport expansion is not the great boon that its proponents claim it will be. Longmont citizens are encouraged to educate themselves. There are private monetary interests at work and in my opinion, it is they, not CARE who are distorting the facts. –frl

Note:  The studies referenced below collected data AFTER airport and runway expansion.  These are not studies that predict outcomes but analyze the outcomes of expansion.  Some of the studies point out that predicted benefit outcomes of airport expansion fell short of expectations and costs of expansion (enviromental impact, noise, negative economic impact, etc.) where higher than predicted.

NOISE
FAA Aircraft Noise Levels
http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/aep/noise_levels/

Effects of Aircraft Noise on Housing Values.  Commissioned by FAA.  Extensive bibliography.
http://airportnoiselaw.org/propval.html

Health problems in children resulting from chronic airport noise.  Cornell University.
http://www.news.cornell.edu/releases/March98/noise.stress.ssl.html

Children living near airports lagged hehind in reading skills.  The Lancet , British Medical Journal (2005)
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673605666603/abstract

Children in noise impact zones are negatively affected by aircraft.  Fican Report
http://www.fican.org/pdf/FICAN_Findings_on_school_study.pdf

A link between chronic noise exposure and lower academic achievement in reading skills.  Cornell University
http://robbinsville.freeservers.com/cornell.htm

NOISE COMPLAINTS TO FAA
To report a violation the concerned citizen should contact the Flight Standards Offices (303) 342-1170 with any information they have on the plane (color, number on tail, one/two engines, time of day).

THE 5 LINKS BELOW WILL TAKE YOU TO ARTICLES ON FAILED OR FAILING RUNWAY EXTENSION PROPOSALS AT SMALLER AIRPORTS.   REASONS INCLUDE:   ENVIRONMENTAL/NOISE, INACCURATE DATA PROVIDED BY CITY, TAX PAYER REVOLT, AND-BELIEVE IT OR NOT- THE EXTENSION WOULD ACTUALLY REDUCE SAFETY.  SOUND FAMILIAR?  LINK AND READ.

FAA rejects West Bend, WI runway extension.  Environment and inaccurate flight data provided by city.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/51411037.html

FAA rejects Blue Earth, MN runway extension.  Taxpayer revolt, environmental issues.
http://freedomfoundationofminnesota.com/small-airports-big-plans-grounded-by-faa-following-taxpayer-turbulence

Kodiak , AK  Advisory Board unamiously rejects runway extension.  Environmental Impact.  Citizen protests.
http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=7598

Ann Arbor, MI.  Township rejects runway extension.  Extension would reduce safety. Misleading city data.
http://www.annarbor.com/news/residents-applaud-pittsfield-townships-opposition-to-ann-arbor-municipal-airport-runway-expansion/

Madison County, AL.  FAA stops extension.  Environmental impact.  Citizen protest.
http://blog.al.com/breaking/2010/02/faa_puts_runway_extension_on_h.html

IMPACT ON PROPERTY VALUES
Just the announcement of an airport expansion reduces property values.
http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/listing.aspx?id=2158

The negative impact of airport expansions on property values.  Note conclusion statement.
http://research.stlouisfed.org/publications/review/03/05/Cohen_Coughlin.pdf

CITY COUNCIL
http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/city_council/index.htm

AIRPORT MASTER PLAN INFORMATION
http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/

LONGMONT AIRPORT INFLUENCE ZONE MAP
http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/planning/maps/documents/airport.pdf

LONGMONT AIRPORT-VANCE BRAND
http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/airport/index.htm

AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD
http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/boards/directory/airport.htm

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