It's time for Don Mills to make some noise!
Why is Don Mills getting an excessive amount of airplane traffic?
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., often below 3,000 ft), being too loud (over 60 decibels) 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.
In 2018, another concentrated arrival path was placed along the Don Valley Parkway during overnight hours (i.e., 12:30am to 5:30am) whereby all overnight flights arriving from the south fly over the eastern portion of Don Mills.
Don Mills also suffers under concentrated departure paths from Pearson planes flying to eastern destinations (e.g., Ottawa, Montreal, Maritime Provinces, Europe and the Middle East), where large planes fly over Don Mills at below 8,000 feet, ascending at full throttle at 500 feet per second sounding causing loud, thunderous noise minutes apart.
Consequently, Don Mills now bears a disproportionate amount of excessive noise and intrusions daily with more than 86,000 flights passing annually over our homes representing an astonishing 50% of all aircraft arrivals into Pearson International Airport. As such, Don Mills suffers under constant airplane traffic and its associated noise all day, every day.
The DMRI is committed to achieving an amended airspace design to provide a more fair and equitable distribution of Pearson airport’s arrival and departure traffic over Toronto.
For further information regarding airplane noise over Don Mills please refer to the resources listed below or contact Cara McKerracher, DMRI Board Member at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to track Pearson airplanes over your house through flightradar24 web site https://www.flightradar24.com/43.74,-79.6/10 and the Greater Toronto Transportation Authorities (GTAA) web site at http://webtrak5.bksv.com/gta
To register an airplane noise complaint with Pearson International Airport, please call 416-247-7682 or fill out the on-line form at https://www.torontopearson.com/en/noisecomplaint/
To attend one of the public meetings held three times a year at Pearson International Airport (either in person or via webinar) where Toronto residents can learn about Pearson air traffic and voice their concerns about the air traffic over their neighbourhoods, please sign up for notification of meetings through the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) community outreach site: email@example.com
To complain about the concentrated flight paths over Don Mills and demand a more equitable and fair distribution of aircraft over Toronto, please contact your Member of Parliament (i.e., Yasmin Ratansi, MP Don Valley East, 416-443- 0343, firstname.lastname@example.org) and demand that she attend the GTAA Politician Meetings three times a year to discuss the issue of airplane traffic/noise distribution in Toronto and to demand a more equitable spacing of Pearson airplane traffic for the sake of her constituents.