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Letter to the editor: Airstrip could lead to headaches

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Posted on July 23, 2018 |
By Kay Smits



The recent article about the lakefront airstrip in Panton brought up some interesting details. As a neighbor of another airstrip I have some observations that these neighbors need to consider.

The airstrip next to me started as just a personal airstrip. Within a few years it became a parachute enterprise. The article stated about the flight route that would be taken. Well, our neighbor’s flight route is not supposed to be near our farm, but as I’m writing this another plane is buzzing over our barn.

I’ve gone over every year for many years asking them to stop and they have excuses like it’s not their plane or they have to come that way because of the wind (no wind blowing today).

There is no recourse for this. We have a metal barn and a noisy plane going over it at close range scares the cows. We’ve had stampedes in the barn with cows injured. The planes can be very loud and the flights are more on weekend and holidays so forget any peace with that.

I wish you neighbors of the Panton airstrip all the best, but you better know what you’re getting yourself into.

Kay Smits

West Addison

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