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Aeroplanes are noisy shocker

The rather attractive beasts above are F-15J's, as flown by Japan's air force. Those based at Komatsu in the Ishikawa Prefecture (about half way down the west coast of the mainland, and its watch presumably includes the 'Democratic People's Republic' of Korea) have been the subject of litigation over the noise they make, and "The court ordered the government to pay a total of 1.188 billion yen to 1,580 people who live around the base".

Assuming we are talking American billions, that's about £3,150 per head. Should pay for a bit of double glazing, and ear plugs for all the family plus spares for visiting friends and relatives. Note further, "During the appeal, the plaintiffs claimed the noise caused sleep disorders to those who work during the night, which the high court rejected. The government said the noise from air drills has largely decreased due to various measures, including financial assistance for sound-proofing of nearby houses".

Ishikawa is not exactly Tokyo in population density terms, nor is it the middle of nowhere. A bit of sniffing around shows that it has a density in line with that of Northamptonshire, at 282/km to Northants' 275/km.

A couple of points for the appeal: How in tarnation is the Japanese air force supposed to operate, and were people living in and around Komatsu not aware of the prospects of an airborne racket when they moved there?

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Blogger Newmania said... 11:27 am

Well here I am ready and willing to do some citizen blogging about serious issues and you are going with a flimsy excuse to show some seductive death machines firing up the sky with their terrible beauty.

Pornographer in chief Mr. C is not on quite the moral high ground he may have thought he was...erm on  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:40 am

Harrumph. Mine is a remarkably picture-free blog compared to many.

Feel free to address the issue and ignore the pretty picture.  

Anonymous Moi said... 11:51 am

My parents live near an RAF base. Despite the planes going over the village at midnight (again and again), it makes a pleasant change from endless police and ambulance sirens where I live (I can hear one as I type this) and it's quite exciting in a juvenile way.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:07 pm

I was in the region of Lakenheath and Mildenhall last week and the cloud cover masking the planes was far more annoying than the noise.  

Anonymous moi said... 12:50 pm

Yup, it's quite exciting. But I suppose that must wear off when you live with it every day
Dunno about Japan, but the RAF bases seem to be more 'active' at the moment.  

Blogger hatfield girl said... 1:30 pm

Hatfield once used to tremble to the roar from the testbeds. No aerospace there now of course but I sometimes wonder what damage was done to my childhood ears. Perhaps I have a case against Dehavillands and BA.  

Blogger Newmania said... 2:28 pm

Do you know the Comet HG I used ti think that look so exciting when I was young  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:52 pm

I seem to recall there were always pictures of Comets in the bumper boys' books of my youth. Along with informing us that we'd all be holidaying on the moon, cars would be nuclear powered and there would be no house without a Teasmade and so forth.


Blogger Newmania said... 3:33 pm

Thats nothing we have previously discussed the woeful inability of boffins to bring us the feely suit not to say the pleasure-bot. Resources have been squandered on pointless trivia like the human genome  

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