It's time for Don Mills to make some noise!
Why is Don Mills and North Toronto getting the 50% of the flight path?
On February 9, 2012, a highly concentrated flight path was imposed over previously unaffected mid-town Toronto communities many kilometers from Pearson International Airport, including Don Mills. The new arrivals flight path has resulted in aircraft flying too low (e.g., below 3,000 ft), being too loud and flying too frequently (e.g., every 2 to 5 minutes) over Don Mills, which compromises the quality of life and health of residents under its path. Mid-town Toronto neighbourhoods now bear a disproportionate amount of excessive noise and intrusions daily with more than 86,000 flights passing over our homes representing an astonishing 50% of all aircraft arrivals into Pearson International Airport.
The Toronto Aviation Noise Group (T.A.N.G.) represents a broad consensus of Toronto ratepayers associations, including DMRI, and is committed to achieving an amended airspace design to provide a more fair and equitable distribution of Pearson airport’s arrivals traffic over Toronto.
Renewed worries for Don Mills residents
What has been a constant disturbance for Etobicoke residents over the past three weeks has been a welcome respite for people living farther east in Don Mills.
In 2012, Nav Canada shifted flight approaches and condensed the flight traffic over a smaller area near that area of the city. Residents said the amount of sound created increased dramatically — claiming plane engines could be heard overhead every three to five minutes.
"I've been outside with my neighbours and you have to stop talking at times because they're flying so low and so loud."
- Cara McKerracher, Don Mills resident