Naples Airport Authority has appointed Richard Krawczun to a four-year term on its Noise Compatibility Committee, which helps monitor the impact of aircraft noise, receives public input and makes recommendations about noise mitigation initiatives for consideration by the NAA.
Krawczun was appointed to represent the geographic area southeast of the airport. A Naples resident since 2017, he previously served as a member of the Collier County Water and Wastewater Authority from 2017 to 2019. His 35-year career in local government included serving as township manager, director of community development and director of finance for Lawrence Township in New Jersey. Krawczun, who holds a master’s in administration from Rider University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Seton Hall University, also served as a coadjutant faculty member of Rutgers University’s Center for Government Services.
Established in 1997, the Noise Compatibility Committee is comprised of nine local resident volunteers who represent designated geographic areas surrounding the Naples Airport. In addition to Krawczun, NCC members include Chair Cliff Holland, Vice Chair Chris Auron, Bruce Byerly, Harvey Cohen, Ernest Linneman, Justin Lobb, Gary Price and Russell Tuff.
The NAA and NCC “Please Fly Safe Fly Quiet” campaign encourages pilots and aircraft operators to minimize aircraft noise and observe the airport’s recommended 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. aircraft curfew, which is currently at 98% compliance. Pilots and aircraft operators are also encouraged to follow noise mitigation initiatives, such as using the full runway length for takeoffs and landings, observing “keep-it-high” landing procedures and quieter departure techniques, adhering to preferred flight paths, and using idle reverse thrust.
To learn more about airport noise and the challenges faced in making the airport quieter, visit www.flynaples.com/about-noise-abatement. The public is invited to attend Noise Compatibility Committee meetings; the next is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. in the Airport Office Building conference room, located at 200 Aviation Drive North.
Naples Airport is ideally located within minutes of downtown Naples, the Gulf of Mexico and I-75, connecting people to the Paradise Coast through an exceptional airport experience. The airport serviced 112,800 annual operations in the last fiscal year, while being an engaged, responsive partner to the community. Home to flight schools, air charter operators, car rental agencies, and corporate aviation and non-aviation businesses, the airport is also a central location for public services, including fire/rescue services, mosquito control, the Collier County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit and other community services.
All funds used for the airport’s operation, maintenance and improvements are generated from activities at the airport or federal and state grants from aviation-related user fees. The airport receives no local tax dollars. The Florida Department of Transportation values the airport’s annual economic impact to the community at more than $440 million.
For more information or to subscribe to email updates from the airport, visit www.FlyNaples.com.