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Raleigh-Durham businessmen decided a larger airport was necessary and founded the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. In 1942, with the impending war, the Government took control of the airport's construction dissolving the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority and routing service aircraft flying over to other stops. In 1943, 40 officers were stationed there headed by Captain James P. Schick.
The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority has over the past decades, called for the need to expand airport facilities to accommodate increasing air traffic. Area residents and businesses are often opposed to such expansions. The author examines the controversy between the parties and some alternatives to suit both sides.
The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority has not yet completed its road map for the next fifteen years of development, but should their master plan, known as Vision 2040, come to fruition, environmentalists fear its potential outcomes. Residents in opposition to the plan are petitioning to save forested lands, which might be threatened by a proposed runway near Umstead State Park.
The Raleigh-Durham Airport has hired the Urban Land Institute to generate a report on the ways the Airport Authority could use land it owns to seek revenue sources beyond ticket sales and federal funding. The rising costs of maintaining the airport have caused this to happen, but any development may mean the end of the wooded trails around Lake Crabtree County Park. Citizens oppose any move to remove the trails and have signed petitions that seek community involvement in the decision.
As development has increased in the Triangle area, so too has the noise from airplanes at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). In 1989, a local citizen’s pressured the Airport Authority to adopt a Noise Abatement Policy, and the Noise Abatement Committee was formed to make recommendations on noise policy. While RDU’s noise regulations are stricter than the federal guidelines, they are vulnerable to abuse. Options which the committee may recommend to help solve the problem are detailed along with the effect noise has on residents’ lives.