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Fewer noise complaints for Republic Airport

A worker uses a leaf blower to remove

A worker uses a leaf blower to remove debriis at the end of Runway 32 at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale. (June 14, 2011) Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

Republic Airport began its fiscal year with fewer noise complaints in April than in the same month last year, but also fewer takeoffs and landings, according to numbers released at the Republic Airport Commission meeting Monday night.

For the month of April, nine noise complaints were registered, compared to 18 for the month last year.

The airport had 14,011 takeoffs and landings during the month, down from 16,308 in April 2010, a dropoff airport manager Shelley LaRose-Arken attributed to the frequency of fog and rain in the spring.

For the fiscal year, which ended March 31, the airport reported 173,596 takeoffs and landings, up from 154,084 from the previous year.

In other meeting business, commission officials said they hoped to schedule a final open house this summer designed to solicit public comment for the airport’s “vision plan.”

That plan, intended to create a guide for the facility’s future, will be based on the needs of airport stakeholders including pilots, business owners and neighbors from surrounding communities.

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