Stormville Airport : Questions and Concerns
Isn't an airport noisy?
The sound of a small airplane departing Stormville is less audible than that of a police or fire siren, a passing train, traffic on a local road, a truck passing on I-84, and your neighbor's lawn mower or leaf blower. It is also brief in duration.
The effect for a very few properties near the departure end of the runway could be as if they had relocated to a slightly busier street. Controlling residential development near the departure end of runways, and close to the airport in general, can very effectively mitigate the noise impact of the airport.
Fortunately, one of Stormville's departures leads over undeveloped property owned by the State Correctional Facility. (It does not lead directly over Greenhaven Prison.) Departures from Stormville could favor that runway. The land southeast of the airport belongs to the Metro-north railroad.
Would Stormville grow to the size of Dutchess County Airport, with large business jets and possibly passenger jets?
In a word, no. The runway is too small to accomodate most business jets, let alone passenger jets. It is suitable in size only for small airplanes and very unlikely to grow larger.
With all of those small planes flying around, would we be safe?
If you mean, "will one come crashing into my house?" the answer is that's highly unlikely. There are many more probable scenarios you could choose to keep you awake at night. You're more likely to find a car or truck overturned on your front lawn. Airplane accidents make news because they are news. Automobile accidents happen every day, everywhere. Ask your local EMT, fire volunteer, or ER nurse.
The vast majority of airplane accidents that do occur result in only minor injuries, and only to the pilot and passengers of the plane.
Could a prisoner escaped from Greenhaven use the airport to make their getaway?
More power to them, if they know how to fly. Good riddance. Realistically, it would only take one or two officers to watch the airport in the event of an escape. A person trying to break-into a plane, taxi, and take-off from an airport would be more than a little bit of a standout. Once they were airborne, their every movement would be tracked by radar. Even a get-away plane with pilot as accomplice is an easy standout. An escapee is far better off taking advantage of the relative anonymity of an automobile.