- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Commercial jets landing at Jackson Hole Airport may be changing course to reduce noise over the Snake River.

Up to a dozen commercial jets land at the airport over a period of a few hours in Grand Teton National Park, disturbing sports enthusiasts and visitors.

A professional planner is being hired to draw up new flight plans, which could take two years because of engineering and geographic obstacles for modern jetliners that have to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

In 2013, the FAA approved the current flight paths because of improvements in GPS instruments that gave pilots more control during difficult landings.

However, some jet pilots are descending into Grand Teton National Park’s airstrip visually and not using the standardized approaches, a practice that’s most common in the winter, the Jackson Hole News and Guide reported (https://tinyurl.com/h2q9g9k ).

“Given the location of this airport, we have a heightened sense of responsibility and awareness for our noise footprint,” airport board member John Eastman said.

Officials said jet noise is starting to creep up slightly, even though it complies with FAA guidelines and limits imposed by the airport’s lease with Grand Teton National Park.

An increase in plane traffic is also reason for new guidelines, officials said.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, https://www.jhnewsandguide.com

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