Aircraft noise is now disturbing


To the Editor:

We have been coming to the Vineyard for 36 summers without a break. Like many people, we treasure the peace and tranquility the Vineyard is known for. We are lucky to live in a wonderful part of Edgartown, near the Harborview Hotel. Recently we have been bombarded by incessant airplane noise.

When I was having breakfast at the Katama Airfield, I was surprised to see that there were now three bi-planes, not just the red one that we had become accustomed to hearing flying low over our neighborhood. I noted this week that there have been flights before 9 am and after 7 pm. There are times when the pilot does acrobatics, which increase the noise to ever higher decibels.

I am a great believer in live and let live, but the continual noise seems to trespass on our quiet sanctuary. I wish there were an easy solution to this problem, but certainly shortening the hours or choosing a less residential area to dive bomb would be a step in the right direction. If anyone else has any thoughts or suggestions, we would be glad to hear them.

Barbara and Tom Israel