WebTrak System To Allow Residents To Monitor Nearby Flights And
Report 'Excessive' Noise
Jacksonville (FL) Aviation Authority (JAA) announced that it has
added the WebTrak Flight-Tracking and Noise Information system to
the Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (JAXEX) page of the JAA
WebTrak is a system that allows individuals to watch the movement
of flights to, from and overflying all four airports in the
Jacksonville Aviation Authority's system, Jacksonville
International Airport (KJAX), Cecil Airport, Jacksonville Executive
at Craig Airport (JAXEX) and Herlong Recreational Airport.
Displayed information includes the aircraft's beacon code,
altitude, and the point of closest approach to a designated
address. In addition, if the aircraft filed a flight plan, aircraft
type, registration number, originating and destination airports are
displayed. Military, law enforcement and other government aircraft
are not trackable and will not be displayed on Webtrak.
Flight and aircraft radar data originate from the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) ARTS radar system at the JAX TRACON facility
at JAX. The data is then down loaded and processed by JAA's Airport
Noise and Operations Monitoring System (ANOMS). The FAA requires at
least a 15 minute delay for aviation security reasons and for
system processing. Historical data goes back up to 90 days. If
needed, further research can be conducted using portable noise
monitoring terminals (NMTs) set up in neighborhoods.
"We recognize that it is important for us to connect with the
community surrounding our airports," said JAA Executive Director
and CEO Steve Grossman. "We want our neighboring residents to have
this tool so they can report any issues in their area to us."
If a resident wishes to report a noise event, he/she may log on to
the WebTrak system to view flights that may have created the noise
disturbance and submit an online complaint to JAA.
The airport has long been the center of controversy, with
residents living nearby adamant that the airport's main runway not
be extended. They claim the longer runway would invite larger and
noisier airplanes to the airport, which is surrounded by
residential, commercial, and light industrial properties. While
there have been discussions of lengthening the main runway at JAXEX
(KCRG), airport authorities say there are no current plans for the