General Mitchell International Airport (GMIA) is always working to reduce the effects of aircraft noise on surrounding communities while also providing for the safe and expeditious handling of air traffic. This edition of the newsletter is intended to keep you up-to-date on changes that impact standard traffic flow and nighttime noise abatement procedures.
Within the next month, construction on the main north-south runway (1L/19R) will be complete and air traffic will again start using Runway 1L/19R. 2012 marks the third and last year of major reconstruction affecting the north-south runway. Regular runway operations are expected to be in place for 2013.
Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made a change that means aircraft will fly a different pattern during nighttime hours. This FAA change has temporarily suspended all opposite direction runway operations nationwide. Opposite direction runway operations have been used at GMIA for 30 years to reduce the number of people affected by aircraft noise during the overnight hours.
GMIA is working with the FAA in an attempt to waive the temporary suspension of opposite direction runway operations. In the meantime, due to this nationwide action from the FAA and the resulting change in runway usage, some neighborhoods around the airport might experience an increase in aircraft overflights during nighttime hours.
GMIA will keep you updated as necessary, so keep an eye out for future Airfield Update Newsletters.