Touching Bases: Palwaukee group tackling noise issues

 - May 8, 2008, 6:37 AM

A noise study will be one of the first jobs of the new Palwaukee Airport Community Engagement Council (PACE), an airport/citizen group organized earlier this year to address issues the local community has with the Wheeling, Ill. general aviation airport. A subcommittee of eight PACE members, including those from two major companies whose business jets are based at Palwaukee, has started the process of identifying what noise-related issues are most important to local residents and airport users. The group submitted to the airport commission a list of noise-reducing recommendations that could be implemented at “minimal cost.” The airport is now using computers to track noisier aircraft operations. “In most cases, pilots have acknowledged their responsibility in generating the complaints and promised voluntarily to operate their aircraft in a more noise-friendly manner as often as practical,” according to PACE.