One of the main problems with shifting the flight paths inland is that the Navy pilots do not fly precise routes. So although these changes make sense to the Navy on paper, these paths are rarely flown properly, leaving more residents and businesses under a larger crash-zone coverage. As you can see from the Interfacility Flight Routes and Actual Flight Paths images below, the helicopters are not taking precise flight paths at all.
The “helos” vary off course so much that they spill over into the residential neighborhoods including the Coronado Cays, Coronado Village, and over many houses on 1st Street. The paths the helicopters fly are much wider than their designated zones. While not shown on these images, the same issue and problem exists for fixed-wing aircraft along the ocean front.
Interfacility Flight Routes
Actual Flight Paths
The Interfacility Flight Route image shows the actual paths the helos should be flying. The Actual Flight Paths image shows the number of flights just in the month of August 2016 and how inconsistent the Helo flight paths actually are. The data above is provided by the FAA and shows 4,587 Helo flights during August 2016 alone. Again, this data does not include fixed-wing aircraft.
The flight paths the Navy currently navigates, known as the "PAR-ASR Runway 29 Radar Approach," (shown to the right) has an Offset Path () that is intended to be the path during normal flying conditions, taken for safety and noise abatement. However, this path is rarely used. Instead, the Navy flies the Centerline route ( ) that takes these aircraft directly over neighborhood homes, residential towers, the Hotel Del, and Coronado's hugely popular waterfront. We understand that using this path is necessary when visibility is poor and occassionaly for practice. However, this path is exclusively used in a place where there is barely any cloud-cover in the sky for the most of the year.
The longer these aircraft stay on this route, the longer they are flying directly over our houses, our neighbors, tourists on the beach, and much more. Although there are safer routes available today, this potentially dangerous route is still mainly used today.
Runway 29 - Current Flight Path
Already in existence is a flight path known as the "" that is specifically designed for the arrivals and departures of these helicopters. The of these interfacility flight paths will not only mitigate accident concerns in highly populated areas, but will also dramatically reduce air and noise pollution.
Interfacility Flight Routes
Another existing alternative is the rarely-used "". The use of this alternative flight route would keep the H-60s away from the shoreline and residences. This would not only remove many safety concerns, but would also greatly reduce the noise and air pollution given off by the aircrafts.
Hotel Visual & Overhead Runway 29
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