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Debate: Flight Paths Over Residential Areas

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Should we avoid having flight paths over residential areas?

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Background and Context of Debate:

Airports need to be somewhere but often planes have to fly over residential airports on their approach or when they take off. Airplanes create a lot of noise and the problem is that residents don't want noise every five minutes. I personally live under a flight path and we have noisy planes going over all the time. What do you think - is the airport in the people's way or are the residents in the way of the airport?

There are many issues about this - Should we build suburbs under existing flight paths? Should we make flight paths over existing suburbs? Should there be a plane curfew at night? Is it really that noisy?

Is aircraft noise a big problem?

Pro

  • Planes are noisy and they disturb people.




Con

  • It's not that noisy.




Should we go as far as not building suburbs under flight paths?

Pro

  • A lot of cities regret having houses under flight paths. A lot of major cities wish they didn't build suburbs under flight paths. Sydney is one. It is a busy airport and they have large jets flying over houses very frequently. Some of the noise is deafening. Where it can be avoided, no-one should have to live under a flight path.

Con

  • That would create large uninhabited areas.

Aircraft noise carries several kilometres either side of the plane. If we avoided building anything under flight paths, there would be huge gaps of nothing through the middle of cities. It is not logical.


Curfews: Should there be aircraft curfews where noise is an issue?

Pro

Con

Should flight paths be adjusted to avoid being over residential areas?

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