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"Quiet please..."
by Mike Ellis


July 30, 2004

Airplane noise has been a concern in Ketchikan for many decades for both residents and pilots. I can remember my father, Bob Ellis, encouraging his pilots at Ellis Air Lines in the 1950's & 60's to be conscious of the noise they made on take off and climb. He requested that when weather and winds permitted that they take off across the Narrows, rather than along the waterfront and that when conducting those very early morning departures in the summer, they utilize reduced power for take offs and climbs. He even had a big rubber stamp made to mark their flight sheets on Sunday mornings that said "Quiet please, church services in session" - and he offered the same reminder to pilots of other airlines coming through Ketchikan.

Mike Ellis
Ketchikan, AK - USA



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