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Takeoff noise from the ground, especially at KSAN

Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:10 pm

For those of you who have driven to the airport, you know that the intersection of Laurel and Pacific Highway takes you as close to the departure threshold as you can get at any major airport:

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From the ground:

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What amazes me is that, from this vantage point, you can barely hear the engines at takeoff thrust. How on Earth is it so quiet, so close to the aircraft? Does it have to do with those blast deflectors on the fence (if that's what they're called..)?
"..your eyes will be forever turned skyward, for there.." yeah we know the DaVinci quote. But GA is so dang expensive these days! :(
 
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Re: Takeoff noise from the ground, especially at KSAN

Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:09 pm

OK, on further inspection on Google Maps (whatever you make of that as a source), I may have answered my own question? From maps, it looks like there's some bouncy, fun-house blue things going on inside the fence. I wonder what technology that is. From the outside, however, it still looks like the typical airport fence. Maybe someone in Ground Ops can weigh in?

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"..your eyes will be forever turned skyward, for there.." yeah we know the DaVinci quote. But GA is so dang expensive these days! :(

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