July 3, 2014 5:50 pm

Roaring planes prompt complaints from Calgary residents

CALGARY- The new runway at the Calgary airport is only a few weeks old, but it’s already proving problematic for those who live nearby.

Dozens of complaints have poured in from residents saying the low-flying planes travelling directly over their homes are loud.

“On Saturday and Sunday, I guess because of the way the wind direction was going, it was just constant,” says Mark Gornik who lives in Southview. “Non-stop, every five minutes, huge aircrafts were landing and screaming.”

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“I was not prepared for the airplanes flying right over my house,” adds John Arnold, president of the Whitehorn Community Association. “It gets to be quite noisy, especially when it’s a heavy aircraft.

“It feels like it’s coming right through the back of the house.”

Environmental specialists have been brought in to examine the issue, and are using radar to identify which aircrafts are causing problems.

“If there is some consistency and commonality in a problem, we can look at potential changes to operations or modification to flight paths,” says Terry Thompson, director of environmental services. “To some extent we can tweak a few things.”

The airport says most of the problems aren’t caused by noise violations, and that people will have to get used to new flight patterns.

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