In the spring, GTAA announced plans to increase flights in and out of the airport, which would have significant impact on our quality of life. Born out of this announcement, CAAS (Community Alliance for Airport Safety) was formed. Many communities in the flight paths, including Rockwood and Markland Woods, already disturbed with increasing noise and the potential for safety issues/problems, joined forces to lobby against the proposal.
The message from CAAS was successful in gaining the support of Provincial, Federal and Municipal Legislators, airport unions, 19 communities and many concerned citizens. Together, the voice of the people was heard loudly and clearly. While this battle has been won, the fight continues. The GTAA will be reviewing flight paths again in five years. In the interim, they will still be using the North/South runways as they normally have in the past, notwithstanding weather conditions, maintenance, and other issues. While noise is a factor of increased traffic, the number one issue must be safety. It is imperative that we continue to support efforts to ensure that the safety overhead is paramount in any plan to increase traffic.
Rockwood residents who are concerned about airport issues should make an effort to join CAAS at caasafety.ca. CAAS can provide the most up-to-date details on what is transpiring at the airport on the efforts to ensure safety to our community.