UPDATE, Longmont, CO: Second Reading and Final Council Vote on Mile-Hi Skydiving Lease, set for March 15

(click on image to view CFQS web notice)

(click on image to view CFQS web notice)

Skydiving noise is a substantial impact, due primarily to the fact that operators are allowed to use very noisy equipment and fly repetitive patterns that drone on for 10-20 minutes each flight. If you have ever heard a skydive plane, you will know what I mean; you will hear a loud airplane and look and look, then see a tiny speck far above the surface … and far louder than your average airplane. Operators could install quieter props, use quieter engine/prop settings, and reduce their rate of climb – all reasonable practices to minimize noise impacts – but FAA effectively shields skydive operators from evolving their practices, by federalizing the rules and thus obstructing local efforts to ‘manage’ the impacts.

The history of the ongoing skydiving noise impacts around Longmont are aptly summarized in Norma Figgs’ statement, offered as citizen testimony on 2/23/2016:

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And, here is a copy of Karen Antonacci’s article at the local newspaper:

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Importantly, lease approval requires two readings. This helps to ensure that City Council members, who serve part-time as elected citizens, have a chance to more closely investigate the issues before they finalize a decision. The first Mile Hi Skydiving lease, approved years ago, in 2007, proved to be filled with serious problems. So, we are on the verge of replacing that flawed lease, and have a chance to get it right this time around.

For a deeper analysis of why the current lease needs to be terminated and a better new lease needs to be negotiated, and to see aiREFORM’s suggestion for what the Longmont City Council needs to do, please see page two.


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