Flight paths keep us up at night

Mercury (Hobart) - - YOUR TASMANIA - Josce­lyn Pat­man New Town

THANK you Chris Davey (“Busy skies and ur­ban sprawl, Let­ters, No­vem­ber 8). It’s good to know that at least one other south­ern Tas­ma­nian res­i­dent has some in­ter­est in what is go­ing to be­come quite a prob­lem for many of us if the new flight plan ad­ver­tised be­comes a re­al­ity. The amount of noise and pol­lu­tion will be huge and de­stroy many of our scenic places and the in­come of a great num­ber of peo­ple who have in­vested in tourist busi­nesses. What I can’t un­der­stand is that if all our in­com­ing traf­fic is ap­proach­ing from the north, why do planes re­ally need to fly hun­dreds of miles out of their way to land at Ho­bart Air­port? Un­til re­cently, planes could ap­proach the run­way from the north di­rectly or to the south by swing­ing out and around over Fred­er­ick Henry Bay. Why is this no longer pos­si­ble? Has there been a re­duc­tion in flight con­trol of­fi­cers? Try sleep­ing at night while time and time again a noisy as­cend­ing plane has flown over and flood­lit your home.

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