Thursday, January 27, 2011

An Open Letter to All Sufferers of Aviation Arrogance

I ask for all concerned Sufferers of Aviation Arrogance to realize this issue in not airport noise, it is aviation noise. I live many miles from any major airport and experience hundreds and often thousands of aviation disturbances every day. Many are over 60 decibels in what used to be a quiet rural environment. Right now at 12:30 AM Thursday January 28 I am listening to jet over flights about every two minutes [inside my house with all windows closed].

I am trying to understand how to tackle this problem but find no one or no agency represents us on the ground. Aviation has a big bad government agency stonewalling any effort to understand the problem.

Could those of you that are more knowledgeable then me please suggest to the small community of aviation sufferers how we might use our collective energies to mount a credible fight?

At least speak to this problem as a national / international issue, not a neighborhood airport matter. This further divides our meager efforts.

Thank you,

Phillip Gilbert

Monday, January 10, 2011

General Aviation is Self-regulated!

How special is general aviation? According to Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine;

general-aviation industry is almost entirely “self-regulated.” The TSA has proposed that it be allowed to impose certain security measures on private jets, such as requiring operators to ensure that their passengers are not on the no-fly list, but for now the agency screens only those Americans who cannot afford to fly on private planes. The TSA administrator, John Pistole, suggested he sees a less substantial threat from general aviation than he does in the commercial realm, and the general- aviation “community” is not enthusiastic about government regulation. “Clearly the general-aviation community has a lot of equities and interest in our rules,” he told me, delicately

Wow, the general aviation community is not enthusiastic about government regulation! Very convenient for the special few. They are not enthusiastic about unleaded fuels even though one gallon of aviation fuel has enough lead to measurable lower the IQ of many thousands of children. Maybe even yours. DO you every notice those private planes in your environment? If you live in the United States you and your family are subjected to airborne lead. Just don't get enthusiastic about this.

Oh, don't be surprised when a general aviation craft is part of a terrorist attack. At least that's what Jeffrey Goldberg says. See his article here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Avoid excessive airport security!

I have a solution to the excessive pat down process of airport security checks. DON’T FLY!

I have a solution to avoiding mega doses of radiation at the airport security check full body scan.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Biofuels for the Manifest Destiny Crowd

How special is aviation in America? The federal government through the USDA is working on a plan, subsidized by the US taxpayer to create biofuels for the aviation industry. ‘Farm to Fly’ is the supporting lymric. Biofuels have been largely discredited for various reasons, not the least is the intensive use of petro fuels and chemicals to produce this misnamed product.

Recently we saw the beginnings of food riots in Mexico and other countries when a similar biofuels effort drove up the cost of corn. Wait until starving people realize the limited availability of food is caused by the production of aviation fuel for privileged members of the manifest destiny crowd.

Other issues to consider? How about the increase in petro chemicals into our water sheds thus increasing the impact of a growing dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

Scientists say the farming areas of the mid west are headed to a resurgent dust bowl of unprecedented magnitude. At least us chosen people will be able to fly into the dusty sunset.

More detail regarding this news can be found here:;_ylc=X3oDMTJwNWtxazVpBF9TAzk3MzU5NzE1BGdycElkAzY1OTg0BGdycHNwSWQDMTcwNTA2NDE3NwRtc2dJZAMyMTI2NgRzZWMDZG1zZwRzbGsDdm1zZwRzdGltZQMxMjg4MDA1NDIz

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Again, Aircraft Noise Associated with Mortality

Once again a medical study has shown that aircraft noise causes serious health problems. As aviation noise becomes louder the incident of heart attack increases.

In science speak the conclusion indicates:

Aircraft noise was associated with mortality from myocardial infarction, with a dose-response relationship for level and duration of exposure. The association does not appear to be explained by exposure to particulate matter air pollution, education, or socioeconomic status of the municipality.

The complete study results can be found here:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

‘If you fly you destroy other people’s lives.’

George Monbiot in his book ‘HEAT’ discusses the various issues related to reversing global climate change. One chapter is dedicated to aviation. Monbiot covers the significant issues related to aviation and summarizes his findings with the following statement;

‘If you fly you destroy other people’s lives.’

Read his book and visit for additional subjects.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Boycott Aviation Now

I have followed a learning curve over the past months trying to understand the pending struggle with the aviation industry for the skies and our health. One thing is certain. Aviation is winning and without challenge.

There are many reasons for our complacency in the face of challenges that far exceed those created by other battles for the public good. One recent example was the unregulated tobacco industry. Leveling the playing field regarding the issues of tobacco took several decades and the battle is far from over. Smoking bans in public places is recent for many areas of the country. Smoking was allowed and accepted everywhere as recently as the 1980’s.

People liked to smoke and many remain addicted. Medical doctors endorsed their chosen brands in television ads. Educated people argued against scientific findings that revealed links to cancer and other life threatening maladies. The same rancor currently ensues over the matters of global climate change.

There are many examples of modern cultures blindly consuming and living with products that were later found to be carcinogens. Asbestos was once a modern and benign miracle product. Formaldehyde is another slightly obscure carcinogen that lingers in almost every modern household. Mercury is still pumped into children and forged into cavity ridden teeth.

And we should not forget lead. Much effort was made in the 1970’s and 80’s to rid our culture of this very dangerous element. Except for highly leaded fuel [avgas] that remains the standard fuel for general aviation.

Which brings me back to the subject at hand. What is so exceptional about aviation? Maybe because aircraft manufacturers are a major component of the military industrial complex? Maybe law makers are disproportionately wealthy and thus likely to be pilots or benefit from aviation in special ways? Maybe we all want to be ‘jetsetters’.

I have listened to several interviews of Bill McKibben, climate change environmentalist. Mr. McKibben, bless his heart, always mentions how many miles he’s traveled over recent periods of time. This is from an educated man that understands the ravages of global climate change yet does not sense the incongruency of his beliefs and actions. Maybe he believes his efforts are worth the cost and incongruency. Sounds like exceptionalism to me.

And then there is the culture itself. I recently read a major vacuum cleaner designer / manufacturer makes separate models for America. Know why? The American models are louder because Americans equate noise with power!

How bad is aviation? We know that even low levels of jet noise causes an elevation in blood pressure and hyper tension. We know exhaust from jet engines creates some of the deadliest carcinogens know to science. We know high levels of noise cause aggressive behavior. We know that tiny levels of lead can permanently damage a child’s brain. These are facts.

But what about the large communities in major cities that are blasted day and night by the noise and pollution of aviation. Is it simply a coincidence that areas of significant gang violence in Los Angeles fall beneath the flight patterns of LAX airport. Every major city has a similar relationship. Coincidence? Considering the many know facts related to health issues prompted by aviation can we really believe these are coincidences? Can a civilization afford to overlook these types of coincidences?

Aviation remains basically an unregulated industry with the punitive and well funded arm of the FAA defending and promoting the industry down to the most minuscule facility. Anytime there is a conflict between citizens and aviation there will always be the battle cry; ‘if the peasants cause trouble for aviation the FAA will step in and cancel any advances made.’

There are many examples of aviation exceptionalism. Ground citizens cannot identify individual aircraft as identification is not required to be visible from the ground. Even if you could discern the tail wing ID number FAA considers ownership information to be confidential. Hey, they are part of the military industrial complex, aren’t they?

Helicopters can fly anywhere they want. They can hover right over your house for hours and there is nothing any ground citizen can do.

This is just a small set of justifications for a Boycott Aviation Now effort.

What can be done to support sanity in our skies? We need to communicate with our neighbors, friends and coworkers. We need to write our newspapers and email news programs in an effort to educated a very illiterate public. Everyone needs to know how often aviation is supported by our purchases and decisions and what aviation means to our health and the health of our children.

We need to create a ‘bank’ of basic letters ready for personalizing and forwarding to all that will listen.

We need bumper stickers that say:



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