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Santa Monica airport upgrades overflight software

December 3, 2010, 05:21 pm

The Santa Monica Airport, generally known as one of the worst general avation airports in the country in terms of residential encroachment, is now upgrading its systems to help reduce noise complaints and improve safety in the air.

The airport will soon become the 51st in the country to integrate its complaint management and overflight investigation programs using the WebTrak program, which will allow members of the community to find their own location and look back at old flight tracks to see what airplane may have caused a particular disturbance.

The operations manager at SMO, Stelios Makrides, says that the new system should "make complaint management better for everyone."

The system also allows residents to completely file their complaint online, and receive confirmation that it has been received and placed on record. The airport says that the system should be up and running later this year.

Noise remains a health issue not just for those on the ground, but for pilots as well, heightening the need for pilot insurance. A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research found that pilots who were exposed to high levels of noise were at a higher risk for hypertension and other health issues.

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