The object, to open a dialogue with the pubic, was prefaced with presentations by Jetport Director Paul Bradbury and Security and Communications Manager Jennifer Dunfee.
And, although Dunfee
said the Jetport tries to send planes to the west whenever possible, a good portion of the time conditions dictate that they pass directly over South Portland neighborhoods, like Knigtville, Mill Creek and Willard Square.
Pilots are instructed to "fan out," said Dunfee
, meaning some bank right or left almost as soon as they hit altitude, which lowers the number of flights that pass directly over the city.
However, while that reduces the number of flights taking off over the peninsula, it also spreads the annoyance factor around.
"This is not what we want to do going forward," she
said, noting that with the radio navigation system in place, pilots could fly the S-shaped pattern down the river and out over Casco Bay through a cloud cover as low as 600 feet.
After all, while jets currently fan out when leaving the jetport to mitigate the impact on any one neighborhood, the projected flightpaths shown by Dunfee
showed virtually every departing flight on the proposed path taking a hard right at Hog Light and flying directly over Peaks Island.