This morning’s Dallas Morning News has an analysis of noise at Dallas Love Field during March. (Free subscription required: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/bus/stories/050306dnbusnoise.2c41a23.html)
The top-line findings:
The 10 loudest planes that flew into Dallas Love Field in March were not the commercial jetliners flown by American and Southwest airlines. They were cargo planes, business jets and sports team charters, according to the city’s aviation department research obtained by The Dallas Morning News.
"General aviation and cargo flights, with older engines and far fewer noise restrictions, make up about two-thirds of Love’s total flights. That puts the noise debate and the tussle over the Wright amendment in a new light.
Wright amendment backers have made noise the central focus of their campaign, through television ads, direct mailings and door-to-door canvassing.
"Any changes to the 26-year-old law that restricts long-haul flights from Love would bring more planes and more noise to neighborhoods, they contend.
“We just don’t want Love Field to get any bigger and bring more large jets in there,” said Jay Pritchard, executive director of Stop-and-Think, funded by American Airlines Inc. to get residents to oppose changes to the Wright amendment.
“But pro-repeal forces say more commercial flights would actually make Love Field quieter by pushing out louder business jets and cargo planes an assertion backed by the airport’s staff. Theoretically, they say, the business jets would seek less congested airports so they wouldn’t have to compete with commercial schedules.”