Holland, Auron and Cohen appointed to airport noise committee
Naples Airport Authority has reappointed one member and appointed two new members to four-year terms 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.
Cliff Holland was reappointed to the city-at-large position. Retired after 37 years of employment with Johnson & Johnson, he served as corporate vice president, responsible for worldwide government affairs and policy organization. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Holland completed executive management courses at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He has been a Naples resident since 2014.
Chris Auron was appointed to represent the geographic area northwest of the airport. A Naples resident since 2011, he is a senior software engineer and project manager at Prognos, a health care artificial intelligence company based in New York. Auron has a reputation for communicating complex technical ideas into generally understood concepts. He served in the United States Air Force for 10 years maintaining F15 avionics and later in the Arizona Army National Guard operating satellite communication systems. Auron holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation technology from Embry Riddle University.
Harvey Cohen was appointed to the county-at-large position. He was introduced to general aviation through a fundraising position with the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association to lead fundraising for its Air Safety Foundation and became its first certified sport pilot. Cohen recently completed a new scholarship endowment fundraising campaign for the Wings Club Foundation of New York. He is a member of AOPA, the Naples Pilot Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association, locally and nationally, and he volunteers locally with the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples and the Harry Chapin Food Bank.
Established in 1997, the Noise Compatibility Committee is comprised of nine local residents and volunteers who represent designated geographic areas surrounding Naples Airport. Other NCC Members are Chair Bruce Byerly, Vice Chair John Mastrocinque, Ernest Linneman, Justin Lobb, Gary Price and Russell Tuff.
The NAA and NCC launched the “Please Fly Safe Fly Quiet” campaign in 2012 to encourage pilots and aircraft operators to do all they can to minimize aircraft noise. The campaign encourages pilots to observe the airport’s recommended 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. aircraft curfew, which is currently at 98 percent compliance, as well as 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, June 27 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 services more than 112,000 annual operations, while being an engaged, responsive partner to the community. Home to flight schools, air charter operators, car rental agencies, and corporate aviation and nonaviation 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 property tax dollars. The Florida Department of Transportation values the airport’s annual economic impact to the community at more than $400 million.
For more information or to subscribe to email updates from the airport, visit www.FlyNaples.com.