NAS Commanding Officer Discusses Noise Concerns

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Meridian, Miss NAS Meridian will host a pair of open houses this week to discuss the noise caused by flight training there.

There have been changes in noise levels over the years with the various planes that have flown in and out of NAS. Captain Charles Moore says there is a science to the flight training.

"The practice for the aircraft carrier, we call it field carrier landing practice, or FCLP for short, that pattern is dictated to be a very low pattern which results in the aircraft being in a shallow descending turn as they approach the run way," Captain Moore explains. "Halfway through the turn they are only 375 to 450 feet high and for residents in that airspace it can become noisy."

So why is it necessary for it to be so noisy? Moore says that certain parts of the plane require maximum power in order for the plane to keep from stalling.

"It has to be flown the same way every time and its exactly how we fly it at the aircraft carrier," Moore says. "The students are trained to be motory responsive to the numbers the pattern dictates and as a result, because the wheels are down, the flaps and down and the air brakes deployed as they make that turn, they are very high up on the pattern. That creates a lot of noise obviously, and that's where the friction and challenge comes from."

The first open house will be Monday October 28th at Northeast Middle school at 5:30 p.m. and will be a very casual meeting where the public can voice their concerns and have questions answered. The second will be held on the 29th at Dekalb Senior Citizens Center at 5:30 p.m.