Kathryn Turner, who lives in a condominium in the Teton Shadows subdivision, directly under the southern flight path airplanes use to leave Jackson Hole Airport, has been measuring decibels in her home for months.

The World Health Organization says that noise exposure levels should not exceed 70 decibels over a 24-hour period and 85 decibels over a one-hour period to avoid hearing impairment.

Airport neighbors

Kathryn Turner, a resident of the Teton Shadows subdivision, has been measuring decibel levels in her home as airplanes fly over. She’s documented levels that exceed some guidelines set by the World Health Organization.

Airport neighbors

ANPAC member Michael Gumport chats with the News&Guide in Jeffrey Cohen’s Bar-B-Bar home in early September, laying out concerns with the airport’s process and waiting for planes to fly overhead to demonstrate how loud they are.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Environmental Reporter

Billy Arnold has been covering the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the people who manage it since January 2022. He previously spent two years covering Teton County government, and a year editing Scene. Tips welcomed.

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(5) comments

Andrea Coffee

Where these homeowners unaware of the existence of the airport when they bought their homes? Hard to feel sorry for the million dollar Teton views being interrupted for a minute or two throughout the day. More traffic over the park is not the answer.

David Hill

Back when pilots used paper charts to plan their departures and arrivals, there was a special page for Noise Abatement Procedures at the Jackson Hole Airport. Those procedures are still listed on the Jackson Hole Airport website at:

https://www.jacksonholeairport.com/about-jac/pilot-information/

However, almost all pilots and airlines are using electronic charts, which do not include the noise abatement procedure. Until the FAA approves an electronic version of the departure procedure, airlines require pilots to fly the straight-out approach, which goes directly over Bar-B-Bar and Fairways Estates.

David Weingart

While it's very convenient to have the airport, I wouldn't be sad to see it go. (Of course, all the private jets would just go to Driggs)

Judd Grossman

Get rid of the airport. It's a terrible source of noise pollution, and draws too many people to the valley. There. Problem solved.

Patricia Snyder

Build near an airport and then complain about noise. Now that really makes sense.

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