Jackson Hole Airport - Airplane
The Jackson Hole Airport Board will meet for a special meeting tomorrow, Dec. 17 at 9 a.m. Photo: Sarah Averill // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Hole Airport Board will meet tomorrow Dec. 17 at 9 a.m. for a special meeting. Amongst other items on the agenda, the board will be presented with the 2021 noise update.

Concerns about noise impacts from planes and jets have recently been brought to light from Jackson Hole Airport neighbors. Neighbors recently created The Airport Noise and Pollution Action Committee (ANPAC), to lobby the Federal Aviation Administration and Airport, to take steps to reduce noise and adopt new procedures.

According to the ANPAC website, Working with the JAC Airport, Airport Board and FAA and Local Governments as necessary, our goals are to:

  • Urge commercial and private aircraft to follow the established, but (currently) voluntary noise abatement procedures, including the 45 degree turn eastward on southern departures
  • Promote departure vectors that reduce commercial and private flight traffics over nearby residential communities
  • Ensure that one member of the Airport Board lives within an affected community, south of the airport
  • Promote decisions are made that preserve and protect the qualities that make Jackson attractive to residents and visitors alike for generations to come

ANPAC currently has a petition, gathering signatures from community members who support their goals.

According to a recent report by Jackson Hole News&Guide, about 1,100 people neighbor the airport, between Meadow Road and Bar BC Ranch. About half of those permanent and seasonal residents have signed the petition.

During tomorrow morning’s meeting, the Airport Board will receive comments from Grand Teton National Park, the Town of Jackson, Teton County and the public.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.