Please Standby While this Airplane Passes Over

Humanity has achieved good and bad. Our buildings often suggest our best progress, though we have been known to destroy them in wars.

NightVision, by Luke Shepard

Watch this short video and notice how you are allowed to focus, even disappear, into the time-lapse images and the music. The video is not interrupted by needless noise and distraction. It’s technologically impressive, honoring humanity.

Now, here’s a question: would the glorious achievements presented herein be diminished, if we had to pause our tour of these achievements, while planes passed over, one after another after another?
Can aviation be brought back to balance, to serve people first and money last?

Food for Thought: How Drones and Time-Lapse Photography can Reduce Aviation Impacts

Here are a few short videos that show the power of time-lapse photography. Combine this with the close-up agility of drone photography and, well, there’d hardly be a need for manned aerial photography or air tourism. On top of all that, the safety record would improve dramatically; people would not be put at risk paying for rides with profit-driven aviation companies, with a long track record of cutting corners.

Imagine that: experiencing the Grand Canyon or lower Manhattan and NOT hearing a helicopter? Wow!!

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Noise Annoyance is a Real Problem, for both Health and Quality of Life

Silence is “fundamentally embedded in everything that we do — in our relationships, in our work, in our waking, in our sleeping.”

We need silence in our daily lives; it “…allows us to be much more balanced in the way that we relate to the world, much more conscious.”

Humans, and all animals, are hard-wired to be stressed by noise. “All of our hearing apparatus originally developed as an early warning system. When sound is loud, we brace ourselves against noise protectively.”

Vice.com‘s UK branch posted a good article by David Hillier, about the health impacts of noise. It includes a link to a film-festival trailer for ‘In Pursuit of Silence’, a documentary film by Patrick Shen. Copies/links to both are provided below:

Click on the image below for a scrollable view; the PDF file may be downloaded.

Aviation Should Serve People, Not Profits

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Grand Canyon National Park:

“There are few places in this great land so

suited for contemplative recreation.”

The destructive noise impacts of aviation are many and varied: from FAA’s newly imposed concentrated NextGen routes, to circling skydive climbs, to helicopter flight schools, and more. Add to that list air tourism, even in places as sacred and beautiful as Grand Canyon. This 4-minute video is well worth watching.

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‘In Pursuit of Silence’ – a documentary film

A meditative film by Patrick Shen, ‘In Pursuit of Silence’ will resonate with many who are impacted by aviation noise. There is beauty in natural silence, and we need to structure our lives – including our air commerce – in ways that ensure each of us can benefit from as much natural silence as is possible. Here’s an embed of a movie trailer:

Click on the image below for a scrollable view; the PDF file may be downloaded.

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Mental Health and Aircraft Noise: Frankly, Who Gives a Damn?

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Here’s a screen-cap of a tweet, linked to a thoughtful article about how aviation noise undermines mental health…

(click on image to view article at HACA,org.uk, or click here for a PDF copy)

(click on image to view article at HACAN,org.uk, or click here for a PDF copy), or click here for the original tweet.

‘Dear President Obama’ – An Outstanding Anti-Fracking Website

This Post is not directly about aviation, but it is highly relevant and presented for four reasons:

  1. just like aviation, the hydro-fracking industry is highly impactful against the environment and local quality of life;
  2. the adverse impacts of both aviation and hydro-fracking tend to be focused on specific communities, whose members increasingly find a rigged system, wherein the industry is bolstered by captured regulatory agencies while the People have no real voice;
  3. aviation is horribly dependent on the use of fossil fuels (there are simply no clear alternative energies that can feed aviation’s energy appetite), thus is a key industry driving hydro-fracking and other ‘dirty energy extraction processes; and,
  4. the ‘Dear President Obama’ website presents an outstanding format, using video, images, and written content, to help illuminate the national scope of these many local problem areas.

Here are two sample videos…

Pennsylvania:

Colorado:
If you are concerned about aviation impacts, by NextGen or by your local unregulated activities (e.g., skydiving, air tours, banner tows, etc.), please spend a few minutes looking at the ‘Dear President Obama’ website and watching some of the videos. Think about your own local story, and the letter you want to send if/when we can find an official who cares to fix aviation problems. In the coming years, we will need to work together; creating a similar website focused on aviation impacts is a project some of us should take on, and it would be a great step forward.