Friday, 24 July 2015

Noisy Whiners, I Mean Cyclones
It was reported in the June 10, 2015 edition of Victoria, BC's Times Colonist newspaper that local residents living near the Victoria International Airport seems to think that all the RCAF’s new Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclones should be based at CFB Shearwater in Nova Scotia, or at least until a noise review is done, because they believe the helicopters are too noisy. That one of the complainants is a retired Provincial Court judge, who should know better than to protest those who protect our freedoms, just adds to the foolishness. I was going to comment upon first seeing the article, but decided that anything I could say would probably fall upon deaf ears. The more I watched (and heard) the new helicopters flying around the Halifax area however, the more it irked me that once again, our military was being attacked by someone who clearly is not looking at the broader picture.

But hey, this isn’t the first time that a story like this in a news paper has made me shake my head. Some time ago, arriving at Virginia Beach, one of my favourite vacation spots, I picked up a copy of the local Virginian-Pilot newspaper and the headline was a very similar story, albeit this time, the ‘noisy aircraft’ were the new US Navy F-18 Super Hornet fighters just arriving at NAS Oceana south of Virginia Beach, Virginia. In that case, the whin…er, I mean complainers were people who had, in spite of numerous warnings, built their homes very close to the base.

 Seeing the new Super Hornets flying over Virginia Beach was actually one of the things I had looked forward to on that trip, along with touring some of the ships at nearby Norfolk Navy Base. Little did the noise complainers, or myself and the rest of the world for that matter, realize what lay in store the next morning. Ironically as it turned out, fully armed Super Hornets were the only thing flying over Virginia Beach the next afternoon.

So hopefully the judge, along with the rest of the complainers in Victoria will learn a lesson from those, who after complaining about noise one day, gave thanks for every decibel of it the very next.