PDK Noise Reduction Program
Are you tired of hearing planes take off and buzz over the Drew Valley, Ashford Park, and other neighborhoods surrounding PDK? Do you feel like they are too low when they come over your neighborhood?
Dekalb-Peachtree Airport provides a great service to our community and to Atlanta as a business and recreational airport hub, along with the fantastic playground and restaurants. Currently, however, PDK does not have any Standard Instrument Departure Procedures (SIDs) which could direct traffic in a reasonable, and safe manner that would mitigate noise over our neighborhoods and surrounding areas. These procedures, if put in place, could direct traffic over major highways (Buford Hwy, Peachtree Ind for example) while airplanes climb and it would greatly reduce the noise out over our neighborhoods. For example, White Plains, NY has extremely busy airspace, but there are procedures in place which direct traffic around the surrounding neighborhoods, with reduced thrust while climbing. This is a mutually benefiting scenario in which it mitigates ground noise, and minimally impacts safety.
I've personally spoken to a pilot who flies out frequently at night and he informed me it was no trouble to adjust his air path to reduce noise to the community. In fact, he has done so at my request. I've watched airplanes climb out of PDK over Buford HIghway and the difference in noise is incredible for our neighborhood.
The noise is getting out of hand as the airport gets busier. Air traffic for March 2016 was up 40% compared to March 2015. I would like residents of surrounding areas and The Drew Valley Community Association to sign this petition to request PDK and the FAA create "Standard Instrument Departures" for aircraft taking off to mitigate the noise over our neighborhoods. If not, we will continue to get buzzed all day and all night long, which hurts our home values, pollutes the air over Drew Valley. Not having mandatory airport procedures at an airport, in the middle of a city whether small or large, presents a real threat to our safety, air quality, and home values.
Please sign this petition if you would like to see the FAA set Standard Instrument Departure Procedures I would like to present this petition, with a large number of signatures, to the PDK Advisory Board and show them our support for enforcing such provisions.
Please feel to post this on the Ashford Park/Drew Valley Facebook page.