To the editor:

To the editor:

Ohio State University would like to thank area residents, students, pilots, elected officials and others for attending the April 24 public meeting and providing thoughtful input to the Federal Aviation Regulations Part 150 Noise and Land Use Compatibility Study currently being conducted at the airport.

Using FAA guidelines and industry best practices, the Reynolds, Smith and Hills consultant team has spent six months analyzing aircraft activity at the OSU airport. They determined the extent of the noise that exists around the airport today, and is expected to exist around the airport in the future. The analysis has determined that the 65 Day-Night Sound Level (DNL) contour -- the FAA's threshold for significant noise -- falls mainly within airport property. Land uses falling outside the 65 DNL contour are considered compatible.

While the airport is not required by the FAA to pursue noise abatement strategies when the 65 DNL noise levels do not reach into residential neighborhoods, the university understands that noise concerns continue to exist throughout the surrounding community, and remains committed to further exploring noise abatement strategies.

To that end, we are actively working to secure the FAA's support and funding for Phase II of this study process. This next step would evaluate a broad range of aircraft operational procedures and land use practices to help further reduce noise impacts on surrounding neighborhoods.

The draft noise exposure contour maps and all public meeting materials are available at Public comments can also be provided at any time via the Web site.

Doug Hammon, director

Ohio State University Airport