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Abstract Aviation enplaments are soaring higher each year and they are deplaning into a system that is already saturated and bulging The industry must expand and keep pace with this growth but this is being met with fierce opposition This paper introduces the opposition coalitions and groups that are surmounting It takes an in depth look at their number one concern aircraft noise and the effect it has on the health of those in the local airport communities Several health studies are referenced and statistical information is offered throughout Noise abatement is addressed and future growth figures are offered Opposition To Aviation Expansion John Q Public wants to fly He wants to fly in more numbers now than ever before Forecasters explain that these numbers show no sign of decreasing in the near future The only drawback to the industry is that the system is already saturated and bulging As the demand to fly continues to take-off it is bringing with it serious delay capacity and environmental concerns These issues must be addressed and answered before we can expand the aviation infrastructure Airport planners have several attainable ways to accommodate and alleviate the major concerns to the system but everyone of them are facing fierce opposition from those that feel they and their communities will be adversely affected OPPOSITION COALITIONS New runways or extensions have been proposed at 60 of the top 100 airports that lead in the number of annual enplanements Studies for new airports have been conducted in New York Boston Seattle San Diego Chicago and Miami to name a few Wells 1996 For nearly every organization that is steadfast on building or expanding existing airports there are a growing number of coalitions that oppose their ideas and are ready to challenge them Most are local groups and communities that are confronting the governmental bodies in their own areas but there are a number of national
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