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Floatplanes spark noise complaints
Airport officials logged 351 noise complaints from Richmond residents in the first three quarters of 2013, according to a report presented to city council Monday.
Behind those complaints are 78 residents, including one who logged 225 complaints alone. Most of the complaints dealt with floatplane operations, according to the report.
In all of 2012, just 172 complaints from Richmond residents were fielded by the YVR Aeronautical Noise Management Committee over airport operations.
According to the report from transportation planner Joan Caravan, new guidelines for floatplane operations were published this year, including "avoid departure routes that fly over the City of Richmond, whenever possible." Operators are also being told to avoid using "reverse thrust" after landing and maintain a minimum altitude over Richmond.
A brochure outlining best practices will be distributed to floatplane operators next spring, according to Caravan's report.