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Tauscher's Feel-good Stage 2 Aircraft Ban

Original post made by Stacey, Amberwood/Wood Meadows, on Jul 19, 2007

I'd just like to write to all of those folks who think Tauscher is doing great for her move against stage 2 aircraft as if she is listening to citizen concerns more than the Livermore City Council is. Most stage 2 aircraft were already banned back in 2000. She is filling in some loophole on a national level that still allows stage 2 aircraft under a certain weight. I highly question what effect it will have on aircraft noise at Livermore Airport and expect the answer is "not much". Does anyone here know how many stage 2 aircraft actually fly into/out of Livermore and what the frequency is? Well it definitely isn't enough that a ban will satisfy the anti-airport fanatics around the Tri-Valley.

Comments (2)

Posted by guest
a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2007 at 5:47 pm

What would you know.

Posted by Frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 20, 2007 at 4:55 pm

That's some comment from "guest". Sure is informative.

Well, what Stacey is referring to is exactly right. The proposed legislation will force retirement of jet aircraft under 75,000 pounds that don't meet stage 3 or better noise requirements. These aircraft are mostly business jets, so there is the potential that they may use Livermore airport. However, according to Sound Initiative, there numbers are estimated to represent only 8 percent of the business jet fleet. A listing by the same organization shows that all of the subject aircraft are older business jets which were manufactured mostly in the 1970's and 1980's. The newest one on the list is the Gulfstream III, last manufactured in 1991.

As a long time tenant of Livermore airport I witness first hand the types of business jets that are based there (a few) and the transient jets that regularly use it. All are newer aircraft, and therefore meet stage 3 or better noise requirements.

So, it's a "feel good" ban, but won't satisfy the complainers.

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