05/08/2011

More late takeoffs in May

In this first week of May, of four takeoffs after 11pm, three have been non-scheduled services. Why are such late takeoffs for private clients allowed?

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04/14/2011

Helicopter learner pilots over France

A lady in France complained to the airport about repeated helicopter overflights last Monday night. Of course, the reply was that this is quite permissible, but I found some things strange.

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04/06/2011

Late take-offs that could have woken us all!

Last night, Tuesday 5 April, people at both ends of the Geneva airport runway could have been woken up by very late take-offs. Was this really necessary?

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03/06/2011

Another helicopter overflight

March 6: a nice enough day to be in the garden, rather spoilt by a low-altitude helicopter overflight.

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01/19/2011

Vernier: another evening of unexpected noise

Last Monday evening, 17 January, the aviation activities at Geneva airport found multiple novel ways to disturb the sleep of Vernier residents.

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12/16/2010

Swiftcopters SA : hero or villain

In an article in the Tribune de Geneva today, 16 December 2010, which examines the noise nuisance of helicopter flights in winter to ski stations, the Geneva company Swiftcopters is presented as a hero. However, not so long ago its Director was cast more as a villain!

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11/29/2010

An old and noisy private jet!

A Bermuda-registered small business jet makes as much noise (in Vernier, again!) as a Boeing 747. Has it been here before under a different name?

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11/10/2010

Vernier is hiring night-time mediators

The article in this newspaper today, 10 November was actually "Vernier va engager des médiateurs de nuit". Although hired for other purposes, they could perhaps protest to the airport about Vernier being a dumping ground for late night flight noise.

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10/10/2010

Night time curfew at Zurich and Geneva airports

The night curfews at Geneva and Zurich airports are not identical. After the recent transfer of the department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) from the Socialist party to the Christian Democrat party (PDC), might this change?

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08/23/2010

Another noisy Friday, this time for Vernier

Last Friday, for people living in Vernier, it was not just the Air Mauritius flight which made a lot of noise!

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08/09/2010

The sound of silence measured in decibels

Scientifically, noise is measured in decibels and can be averaged out over a period. Human perception is different: we are sensitive to short but loud noises, in particular when there is a large difference between the noise and the level of background sound.

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