From Bill Butler, Longmont, CO:
I understand that the noise from the Twin Otter airplane comes from the propellers. I also understand that there are propeller designs that result in a much quieter plane, but these propellers are expensive. If true (and if they can be shown to be significantly quieter), how about the City of Longmont loaning the Skydiver outfit the money to buy the quieter propellers? The loan (not gift) could be paid back with a “noise abatement surcharge” levied by the company on each jumper.
If the plane noise from Vance Brand cannot be significantly reduced, then there is no sense in expanding the airport, and citizens should therefore seriously consider CVBAN – Closing Vance Brand. This is not a crazy idea, but a real option, and one that has been done before. Before we do that, we should consider filing a complaint with the State against Boulder County and the City of Longmont for their failure to eliminate a public nuisance.