Danvers Neighborhood Says Increased Air Traffic Is Intolerable

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DANVERS, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Danvers residents living near Beverly Regional Airport say noise from air traffic has gotten so bad that it is ruining their quality of life.

Joseph Rinaldi of Danvers told WBZ NewsRadio that the culprits are small vintage and hobby planes with pistons and propellers that make a lot of noise.

"Around 2020, we just got bombarded as if it was Pearl Harbor. One after the other after the other, sometimes I had 150 a day," said Rinaldi. "They would do it like in intervals of 30 seconds and one minute. [...] You couldn’t talk to your neighbor, you couldn’t have people over to your yard, your pool."

Salem News reported that Beverly Regional Airport has a voluntary noise abatement program that encourages pilots to use low power settings to reduce propeller noise in flight, avoid flying over residential areas and outdoor events, and gain altitude quickly during takeoff.

There is also concern about the type of leaded fuel that the piston planes use and its effects on the environment and people's health.

"It’s terrible that you have to hear this groan as they climb, and now we also get this even worse problem of this exhaust, leaded pollution," Rinaldi said.

WBZ's Karyn Regal (@KarynRegal) reports.

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