AOPA is urging the FAA to "do the right thing" and support the town of Keene, New Hampshire, in an airport noise dispute with the neighboring community. In an unusual arrangement, Keene operates Dillant-Hopkins Airport, which is actually located within the Swanzey city boundaries. Swanzey is using its zoning laws to try to shut down a helicopter flight school because of noise.
But that violates federal law, which gives the FAA exclusive authority to manage the operation of aircraft in navigable airspace. AOPA has asked the FAA to assert that authority and challenge Swanzey's actions. Meanwhile, the city of Keene has filed an action in federal court to overturn the Swanzey ordinance.
May 23, 2000