I am frequently asked, "What is happening with OSU Airport's Part 150 study?" I phoned the Federal Aviation Administration in April to ask. The FAA indicated its review of the study has not begun.

I am frequently asked, "What is happening with OSU Airport's Part 150 study?" I phoned the Federal Aviation Administration in April to ask. The FAA indicated its review of the study has not begun.

They said information provided by OSU and its consultants was incomplete; data used for the noise compatibility study was too old; submitted public comments/questions were unorganized; and there was no record that the public's questions were answered.

The FAA also listed a 46 percent decrease in operations (take-offs or landings) from the Terminal Area Forecast used in the study. They said $851,739 has been spent, and they will not pay for corrections. Doug Hammon, airport manager, has yet to update the public or Advisory Committee members who, with the airport, worked years on this study.

This week and last, OSU Airport hosted SAFECON, a national collegiate flying competition. Airplanes have been here practicing landing at the airport from 8-6 daily. OSU Airport last hosted the national competition at the airport in 2006; it significantly increased operations by 15,000. The SAFECON Daily (www.safecon2006.org) reported, "1,200-2,000 operations with maximum traffic peaking at approximately 200 operations per hour." Those numbers put aircraft over homes every 20-30 seconds.

We fully support the educational mission of the OSU Airport; however, the noise impact of SAFECON on the residential communities surrounding the airport is great. The noise impact of SAFECON 2006 was discussed by the Airport Advisory Committee and resulted in changes for the 2007 event which OSU again hosted with aircraft based at OSU and the flying portion of the competition held at Rickenbacker with grounds large enough to contain the practice, the competition and the noise. We wish the student pilots safe landings and request OSU Airport, as a good neighbor, permit other institutions the opportunity to host the event in the future.