Opinion: City needs to address Scottsdale Airport noise issues

I read Bob Littlefield’s guest commentary in the March 30 edition of the Scottsdale Independent.

I own two homes — one in Northeast Phoenix and one in Scottsdale near Bob Littlefield.

The Scottsdale Airport has been flying planes low over the home I reside in for two years now … huge international flight jets; low and polluting.  I have lived in this home for 40 years and never complained once in 38 years.

When we have attended Scottsdale Airport meetings, Bob Littlefield has been there and when we attempt to address our concerns at either a meeting or through e-mails, he has been sarcastic and uncaring in his remarks.

He indicates he is a pilot and we need the revenue  that the airport brings to Scottsdale.   That is easy for him to say, as when I am at the Scottsdale home near his home, there are no flights overhead.

But when I am in the 85254 ZIP code there are sometimes 44 flights in an hour over the same homes.

The FAA recommends the airport fly the planes off the north runway over the canals.  The Scottsdale City Council, which Bob sat on (and now his wife, Kathy, does), supports the airport flying them off the south runway and then turning these same planes north to run over the 85254 ZIP code instead because we cannot vote in Scottsdale.

Well, Bob will be surprised this year, because I can vote in Scottsdale now and I have talked to all the neighbors in that neighborhood and they agree no neighborhood, be it Scottsdale or Phoenix, should be subjected to what Bob endorses.

This is a politician who does not care how he affects the residents’ lives.  He feels the public should put up with all sorts of inconveniences so a few can have the luxury of flying 24/7 over your homes.

Yes, look at the ads the Scottsdale Airport runs nationwide and worldwide now claiming to be open for business 24/7.   Bob does not care as he is not awaken at 3:45 a.m. with a low-flying loud jet over his home.

No other city, large or small, allows this.

As I wrote this, five planes have gone over my roof from the Scottsdale Airport.

Editor’s note: Linda Bliss is owner of Bliss Creative Senior Living, LLC, and a resident of Scottsdale.


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