By Ed Elliott
August 31, 2005
I bought an airplane, kept it at Peninsula Point and I'm sure I made my share of noise. Now I'm flying the same 185 on wheels, off of a small grass strip outside of Portland Oregon and the noise issue didn't stay in Ketchikan. I've been confronted for making too much noise at Renton Airport, Lenhardt Field in Oregon and by the owner of the field where I base the plane. On the one hand, most pilots like the sound. On the other hand, for those that aren't aviation enthusiasts, it's just a bunch of unbearable racket. I've learned to take off at reduced power and RPM settings to make the plane a little quieter. It seems to be working as I haven't been accosted since I started using this technique. It works fine when you are on wheels but, I wouldn't want to take off with less than full power, on floats, with a load of people and boat wakes to skip over.
Where would Ketchikan be without airplane noise?
Bottom line is, it doesn't seem to matter where you are, airplanes make noise and there is always someone within earshot that will find it irritating.
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