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Oldsmar family says jet noises destroy peace at their home

St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport tries to mitigate jet noise

OLDSMAR, Fla. (WFLA) - An Oldsmar family is fed up with loud jet engine noises from planes coming into or leaving St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

They'd like to see them re-routed so they can get some peace.

From her home, Kay Rose uses her cell phone to document the airplane noise.

“If I can sit here and basically look at the tread on the tires, they're a little too low,” she said.

The prime noise maker is Allegiant, the dominant carrier at PIE.

“It woke me up last night at 10:30. I was exhausted, trying to sleep.  And I hear this whistle and a noise, I thought I was dreaming and I woke up and I heard the plane go over,” said Dallas Rose.

The airport has an extensive, voluntary noise abatement program for arrivals and departures.

“The airplanes do stay over the bay, but you have houses on the bay, you have neighborhoods,” said Mark Sprague, PIE Deputy Director.

The guidelines were coordinated with the FAA to attempt to reduce noise heard by neighbors.

“Right now, we have overall compliance of about, higher than 92 percent,” said Sprague.

Above the Rose home, the planes are supposed to be at 2000 feet.  

“I say move it to a different route. I mean, we're right here in a dense populated area,” said Dallas.

“We had a couple of people tell us, 'well, just shut your windows.' Well, it's beautiful outside right now,” said Kay.

A "Noise Abatement Board" investigates all complaints and works with the airlines to keep noise to a minimum.

“The pilots are also our neighbors. Alright, they live in the community” said Sprague.

Complaints about noise from this airport are not very common. Sprague said the Roses and one other person call or email frequently.  

Last year, about 22 others voiced concerns.

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