https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/the-airbus- ... -1.1163235
“It’s even louder than other machines flying in,” said Klaus Stoehlker, spokesman for the Zurich-based Foundation Against Aircraft Noise. “They’ve been describing it as temporary while they make assessments, but for nine months now it hasn’t gone away.”
Zurich Airport has received complaints on its noise hotline of unusual sounds when the A220 passes overhead, a spokeswoman said, adding that it’s working with Swiss to seek a quick solution. The plane -- developed by Bombardier Inc. and now part of the Airbus lineup -- isn’t breaching rules and the sound, which last for a few seconds, hasn’t triggered higher fees that apply to louder jets.
I'm wondering not just how many complaints they've had, but how many people are making those complaints. Swiss apparently isn't breaking any noise regulations...it's the tone of the sounds, which last for a few seconds and have been compared to the mating call of an Orca, (are there a lot of Orcas in Zurich?), not the volume that's the issue.
The guy from the esteemed Foundation Against Aircraft Noise, (whose acronym is ironically FAAN), insists that the 220 is louder than other aircraft. Does he have any data to back that up or has Klaus had his ears calibrated? Maybe he lives in a tent at the end of the runway. Maybe Swiss is smuggling Orcas. Perhaps he's just a sensitive soul.
For some reason, I'm having trouble working up a lot of empathy for this guy.