By lex, on August 15th, 2008
The City of Coronado is notoriously sensitive to siren song of naval aviation. So much so that many retired pooh-bahs have the noise complaint hotline on their speed dial. S-3s got to live and play there over the years because their high bypass fan engines frankly don’t make much noise, and what noise they do make can be easily mistaken for a vacuum cleaner. Likewise helicopters don’t make much noise, so long as they’re not clattering over your stucco tiles – and the local course rules ensure that those stationed at North Island won’t.
Real airplanes – those with afterburners on the back end – are frowned upon by the locals. Many of whom probably need hearing aids in order to whip themselves into an appropriate frenzy. “Single approaches only to a full-stop” reads the flight information hand book, while the “precision” approach for the main runway at North Island keeps aircraft out over the ocean until minimums, where – if they break out of the weather – they have a startlingly sharp turn to align with the runway.
So they’re probably not all shot in the a** with the realization that CVW-5 has come to stay, at least until they can get USS George Washington swimming again, and on her way to her new home * :
Residents living in the flight paths of North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado can expect heavier-than-usual air traffic through Aug. 24, Navy officials said…
Carrier Air Wing 5 is conducting training with its roughly 70 aircraft. Daytime flights are taking place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, said Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown, a Naval Air Forces spokesman. Nighttime flights will occur between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. Aug. 18-20.
LCDR Brown provided a hotline number for those who didn’t already have it. I’ve got an easier one to remember: 1-SWN-DOF-FRDM.
* 08-25-2018 Link Gone; no replacements found – Ed.