In response to Michael Monson’s letter on his hopes regrading projections for Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, the first question you have to ask, “is there room for a second parallel runway at Ault Field?”
Personally, I don’t think so.
Second question is, “who is going to pay for it?”
The Navy doesn’t have the money to meet its operational requirements now. The carrier deployment schedule was reduced as a result of budget cuts.
The third question is, “would this just move the noise problem to more densely populated North Whidbey?”
I still think the best, and least costly solution, is to buy out the people who object to the noise and let them move out of the noise zone.
If the Growlers were moved to Lemoore Naval Air Station in California it would be a greater economic loss than gain when you consider losing 12 operational and one training squadron to gaining six operational VP squadrons.
It comes down to Mr. Monson’s property value increase versus the disruption and economic loss of hundreds of people impacted by the Growler relocation.