AOPA has asked that the proposed Paseo Bridge near Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo., be deemed a hazard to air navigation because it would violate the FAA’s obstruction standards and move the VFR traffic pattern, creating new noise and environmental concerns. Currently, the airport does not generate noise complaints because the traffic pattern lies over industrial areas and rail yards. “However, if all VFR pattern operations are shifted to the west side of the airport, traffic will be forced over the Briarcliff residential community, resulting in a considerable increase in noise complaints,” Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services, warned the FAA. Noise complaints can escalate to calls for airport closure, so AOPA wants to head off the threat before the bridge is built. The association also has called for a supplemental environmental impact statement.
March 7, 2008