McKinney National Airport invites public to review master plan update

McKinney National Airport

The McKinney National Airport will hold two public open houses to review elements of its master plan update related to inventory, aviation demand forecasts and facility requirements.

The open houses will be from 5:30—7 p.m. March 8 and 9 at the McKinney National Airport, 1476 E. Industrial Blvd.

According to the press release, the airport’s master plan study aims to produce an efficient and environmentally conscious development plan to sustain healthy growth and service during the next 20 years.

A Technical Advisory Committee made up of airport tenants and users as well as a Planning Advisory Committee appointed by City Council will provide input during the master plan update process. The committee will meet at City Hall, 222 N. Tennessee St.:

• Planning Advisory Committee: 9:30—11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 8

• Technical Advisory Committee: 1:30—3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 9

These meetings will be aired on McKinney TV, the city’s broadcast television station. McKinney TV is available to Spectrum subscribers on channel 16 and to AT&T U-Verse subscribers on channel 99.

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7 thoughts on “McKinney National Airport invites public to review master plan update

  1. We already have a constant stream of planes. What most frustrating is the take off and landings past 10PM at night. I hear several planes a week around midnight 1AM and 4AM.

    Complaints to the airport and city have been ignored

    • Dear Mr. Gomez: We are concerned that you are bothered by aircraft operations in the airspace near your home. Here are a couple of points for your consideration.

      — McKinney National Airport is concerned about our neighbors because it is our goal to be environmentally friendly, especially with our neighbors who live in the vicinity of the Airport.
      — In 2003, the Airport (City) conducted what is known as a formal Federal Aviation Regulations Part 150 Noise Study along with a Master Plan Update to determine (as best as we could at the time) the impact that aircraft operations were having on nearby residents. The Part 150 Noise Study can be viewed on the Airport website at http://www.flytki.com.
      — The Study determined that, ” . . . conditions indicate that the noise exposure deemed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to be significant (65DNL and greater) is limited to the Airport property and adjacent undeveloped areas.”
      — The Study also concluded that the, ” . . . level of noise considered to be an impact can vary greatly from one person to the next.”
      — The Airport Staff clearly understands that any noise does not end at a fact-formulated line, so we implemented a Hotline (972) 547-7399.
      — Staff monitors the Hotline for citizen compliments and concerns.
      — When we hear about an aircraft flight that may be counter to federal regulations (an anomaly), we look into it.
      — During the past 12 years, our reviews have led to three actions in which pilots were confronted and their actions corrected. Incidentally, in every case we found that the pilot was unaware of his impact on people on the ground and were happy to adjust their operation.
      — The on-going 2017 Master Plan Update will be used to determine whether a Noise Study Update is needed.
      — Aircraft operate in federal airspace to and from McKinney National Airport, which has been open 24/7 since 1979,
      — Aircraft operations increased steadily between 1979 and 2001, when they hit 161,000 per year high.
      — They dropped significantly after 2001 primary due to the construction of new control towers at nearby General Aviation Airports like McKinney National.
      — Since 2013, when annual operations were at about 88,000, operations have increased a little more than 10% per year, which brings us to last years count, which was 119,000, so they are on the rise.
      — By regulation and generally speaking, the pilots of aircraft are supposed to maintain a distance of 1,000 above the highest terrain or man-made obstacle along their flight path unless they are taking off or landing at an airport.
      — If you should witness an aircraft that you believe is below this altitude, you may contact the FAA Flight Standards District office at (214) 277-8500. Be prepared to proved your location, date and time of the viewing, direction of flight, color and type of aircraft, and a registration number. This information is very helpful in identifying the aircraft and its crew.

      We sincerely hope this information is helpful and promise that we never ignore a complaint about an aircraft operation that, from a citizen’s report, appears to be outside of flight regulations and/or best practices.
      Thank you for speaking out!

      Airport Staff
      McKinney National Airport

  2. I am very concerned about the noise of planes taking off and landing. We live at Heritage Ranch and it is very loud now..do we not have any rights on the noise levels over our homes? Did you plan these meetings in the middle of Spring Break on purpose? Many people will be out of town..maybe that’s why you chose this time. Please think about how a larger air port will effect us on the ground…your noise will drive us out of our homes. Is there any way to change your landing paths so they go over more open land instead of dense populated homes like we are at Heritage Ranch? Please, please think about how you are effecting our everyday lives. Planes are VERY LOUD WHEN THEY ARE TAKING OFF AND LANDING.

    • Dear Ms. Carlson: Although this reply is a duplicate of a reply sent to another citizen who expressed concern about aircraft fly-overs and noise, it should not be considered to be any less serious. The Staff at McKinney National Airport takes all complaints very seriously. In the future, we ask that you log your concerns on the Airport Hotline at (972) 547-7399. Thank you.
      ___________________________
      We are concerned that you are bothered by aircraft operations in the airspace near your home. Here are a couple of points for your consideration.

      — McKinney National Airport is concerned about our neighbors because it is our goal to be environmentally friendly, especially with our neighbors who live in the vicinity of the Airport.
      — In 2003, the Airport (City) conducted what is known as a formal Federal Aviation Regulations Part 150 Noise Study along with a Master Plan Update to determine (as best as we could at the time) the impact that aircraft operations were having on nearby residents. The Part 150 Noise Study can be viewed on the Airport website at http://www.flytki.com.
      — The Study determined that, ” . . . conditions indicate that the noise exposure deemed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to be significant (65DNL and greater) is limited to the Airport property and adjacent undeveloped areas.”
      — The Study also concluded that the, ” . . . level of noise considered to be an impact can vary greatly from one person to the next.”
      — The Airport Staff clearly understands that any noise does not end at a fact-formulated line, so we implemented a Hotline (972) 547-7399.
      — Staff monitors the Hotline for citizen compliments and concerns.
      — When we hear about an aircraft flight that may be counter to federal regulations (an anomaly), we look into it.
      — During the past 12 years, our reviews have led to three actions in which pilots were confronted and their actions corrected. Incidentally, in every case we found that the pilot was unaware of his impact on people on the ground and were happy to adjust their operation.
      — The on-going 2017 Master Plan Update will be used to determine whether a Noise Study Update is needed.
      — Aircraft operate in federal airspace to and from McKinney National Airport, which has been open 24/7 since 1979,
      — Aircraft operations increased steadily between 1979 and 2001, when they hit 161,000 per year high.
      — They dropped significantly after 2001 primary due to the construction of new control towers at nearby General Aviation Airports like McKinney National.
      — Since 2013, when annual operations were at about 88,000, operations have increased a little more than 10% per year, which brings us to last years count, which was 119,000, so they are on the rise.
      — By regulation and generally speaking, the pilots of aircraft are supposed to maintain a distance of 1,000 above the highest terrain or man-made obstacle along their flight path unless they are taking off or landing at an airport.
      — If you should witness an aircraft that you believe is below this altitude, you may contact the FAA Flight Standards District office at (214) 277-8500. Be prepared to proved your location, date and time of the viewing, direction of flight, color and type of aircraft, and a registration number. This information is very helpful in identifying the aircraft and its crew.

      We sincerely hope this information is helpful and promise that we never ignore a complaint about an aircraft operation that, from a citizen’s report, appears to be outside of flight regulations and/or best practices.
      Thank you for speaking out!

      Airport Staff
      McKinney National Airport

  3. On behalf of McKinney National Airport, we invite all citizens to attend the public workshops (referred to as Open Houses).

    The Workshops will be held from 5:30—7 p.m. March 8 and 9 at the McKinney National Airport, 1476 E. Industrial Blvd. (Follow the “Event” signs.

    According to the press release, the airport’s master plan study aims to produce an efficient and environmentally conscious development plan to sustain healthy growth and service during the next 20 years.

    A Technical Advisory Committee made up of airport tenants and users as well as a Planning Advisory Committee appointed by City Council will provide input during the master plan update process. The committee will meet at City Hall, 222 N. Tennessee St.:

    • Planning Advisory Committee: 9:30—11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 8

    • Technical Advisory Committee: 1:30—3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 9

    These meetings will be aired on McKinney TV, the city’s broadcast television station. McKinney TV is available to Spectrum subscribers on channel 16 and to AT&T U-Verse subscribers on channel 99.

    Thank you!

  4. I am also concerned about take offs and landings, which happen extremely close to our neighborhood in Wolf Creek estates. I have lived here for 5 years and the traffic has increased too much and especially late at night and early morning, even on the weekends. Your letter mentions the 1000 distance which doesn’t apply to us because it is the take offs and landings that effect the most noise in our area. I am sure the noise study was done before all our homes were built, but the growth of the airport has not taken our homes into account. I am also worried about accidents because the increasing amount of private smaller planes and pilot instruction planes which practice continuously over our properties. They should be made to go to more deserted areas.

  5. I can only echo the concerns expressed above. We moved to Lucas in July of 2014. Air traffic and noise (in particular for jets) has increased substantially. Assuming I read this correctly, a study from 2003 would be obsolete considering the rapid residential expansion. I also believe the approach and takeoff altitude is feeling lower and lower (but that is just daily visual observation). It’s very disappointing unfortunately.

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