Springbank Airport night-time policy for small jets causing turbulence

Some residents say a new policy to allow night-time takeoffs and landings for small jets at the Springbank Airport west of Calgary is causing noise pollution and keeping them up at night.

Nearby residents say they're forced to endure noise pollution at night

Springbank Airport has changed its policies to allow jets to take off and land at night. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

Some residents who live near the Springbank Airport west of Calgary say they're being forced to endure noise pollution because of a new airport policy on small jet takeoffs and landings.

Some residents who live near the Springbank Airport are concerned about new rules that allow jets to land and take off at night. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

"When it's busy there's plane-plane-plane-plane-plane," said Sean Leonard, who lives near the airport.

He was one of about 60 residents who gathered Wednesday to share their concerns at a town hall. 

Leonard says the planes that fly now are so disruptive they shake his house. 

"It rattles right, the windows, it's like errrrrr," he said. 

This week the airport authority began a trial project to allow small jets to take off and land overnight. It estimates there will be about 14 flights a month, for now.

"There is really no significant impact associated with this," said Terry Thompson, director of environmental services with the Calgary Airport Authority, which runs the airport on behalf of the federal government.  

Terry Thompson, of the Calgary Airport Authority, says the new rules for small jets at Springbank Airport will amount to no more than 14 takeoffs and landings. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

The number of flights currently is minimal, he says.

Some residents say they should have been consulted before going ahead with the new rules.

"In a year they're going to tell them if it's too noisy, so the whole thing is backwards," said Jerry Arshinoff, who attended the town hall.

"It should be, the study should be, go speak to these people and they will tell you if it's too noisy."

There are already overnight flights by helicopters that are keeping many residents awake, according to Alexandra Novoselov, a new resident who says she now wants to move out.

Alexandra Novoselov says she's thinking of moving because of noise at night from helicopters and jets at the Springbank Airport. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

"It wakes you up, it's impossible to go to bed and sleep. If you want to sleep with the windows open, it's unbearable," she said.

The airport authority says this is only a pilot project, but Noveselov isn't convinced it won't be permanent.

"It's just all nonsense, I don't think there's anything we can do," she said.