May 6, 2004 — When Scottsdale, Arizona's airport came under fire recently from anti-noise activists, AOPA President Phil Boyer came to its defense. He wrote an op-ed piece for the local newspapers, reminding residents of all Scottsdale Airport (SDL) does for the community. "The airpark generates $2.5 billion to $3 billion in annual economic activity," he wrote. And he noted that an updated noise study at the airport found that although operations have increased since the original study five years ago, the number of people impacted has decreased. "A mile of highway will get you one mile, but a mile of runway will get you anywhere in the world — an important consideration in today's global economy," Boyer noted. "It would be a shame for a progressive community like Scottsdale to lose its competitive edge."