The Federal Aviation Agency does take disciplinary action if aircraft are flying under a minimum standard safe altitude, agency spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says. But aircraft have to land and take off, she adds.
“I haven’t heard of that here. There is a process in place for them to be fined,” says airport director Jon Rosborough.
Instrument landing systems are in place on the airport’s three main runways that provide precise runway alignment.
“I doubt they would be anywhere close in terms of being low over a residential community that would result in fines,” Rosborough says. “Air carriers can be fined if they do that.”
There sre set criteria of acceptable decibel levels generated by aircraft taking off and landing at ILM, he says.
“All the noisiest aircraft have been phased out,” the FAA’s Bergen says.
Other than takeoff and landing, the minimum safe flight altitude for fixed-wing aircraft set by the FAA for urban and congested areas is 1,000 feet. The minimum for rural and unpopulated shore areas is 500 feet.
Private civilian aircraft that fly too low can be reported to the FAA, but the person doing the reporting must have the registration number of the aircraft in general. The number should be affixed on the side of the aircraft and start with an “N,” Bergen said.
The FAA customer service phone number is (800) 322-7873. For more information, go to www.FAA.gov
Any noise concerns involving military aircraft should be reported to the nearest military installation, Bergen says.
Date posted: September 24, 2009
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