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  • Writer's pictureClaire Marie

Noise Complaints

[Warning - this is a mini-rant, but maybe not in the way you think.]

I've lived near airports most of my life, including what was once the busiest airport in the world - Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL or Hartsfield as commonly named). I remember sunbathing in my mom's back yard, watching the planes fly overhead, thinking occasionally about how low some could be - almost like I could reach up and touch the belly of some of those huge planes.

In my current home, I live near the second busiest airport in Georgia - Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (or Peachtree-Dekalb or PDK). We hear and see planes almost daily from both PDK and Hartsfield. It's part of life and Jeffrey Walter has gotten pretty good at being able to tell what kind of plane is flying over just by the way it sounds. Never once has it occurred to me (or Jeffrey Walter) to complain about the noise. It's part of living near an airport and besides, they are WAY quieter now than they were when I was a child.

So, imagine my surprise when I learned that there are actually people who complain about airplane noise (525 complaints by the same person in January of 2022 alone!!!). Really? That's a thing? (Hold up - there's also a woman in my neighborhood that complains about the noise from the transit bus that parks on the main road outside our neighborhood.) Like, didn't you know there was an airport (or bus stop) there when you moved into the neighborhood? If not, you didn't really pay attention when you were looking for a house. If so, you must be one very unhappy person, with way too much time on your hands. Get a life - there are lots more important things in this world to worry about!

Anyway, Hartsfield became an airport in the mid-1920s, and the US government authorized what is now PDK to be a military airport in 1940. I really doubt those people complaining about the noise were alive before PDK was built, much less Hartsfield. So, think before you complain.

In the meantime, here are some photos and videos Jeffrey Walter and I have taken - most of which were just before Good Neighbor Day at PDK in 2022. We got to see some really cool, old planes along with some super-sleek, Gulfstreams and other new planes that are really quiet comparatively speaking.

This clock was in my dad's stuff and was once in a Hellcat.

So, that's my mini rant. What do you think? Aren't there more important things to worry about than the noise from the planes at an airport that has been around longer than you've been alive?

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Christopher Tipton
Christopher Tipton
17 de mai. de 2022

People who intentionally moved near known busy airports have no room to complain. They should be happy that noise abatement measures have been instituted years ago to cut jet engine noise down drastically.

Want jet engine noise? Live on a military base that flies AV-8 Harriers, or older model F-4 Phantoms, older model B-52 bombers, and older model KC-135 refuelers. BTDT.

How about going to Marine boot camp literally next door to the San Diego airport in 1971 before noise abatements and trying to understand what your drill instructors were saying while calling drill commands. They didn't care if you couldn't understand and you suffered if you didn't.

Try sleeping during the day while KC-135A models took off on missions…

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