Today JWA is home to 600 general aviation aircraft. According to OCAir.com, the number of passengers flown in and out of JWA in 2011 totaled 8,609,000. The number of takeoffs and landings in 2011 equaled nearly 253,000.
This scenario has serious inherent problems. It does not take a scientist to conclude that these two close entities — the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve and JWA — do not make for compatible neighbors. Both birds and airplanes use wings to fly, but while birds flap their wings for flight, airplanes require jet fuel, which contains chemicals harmful to human, plant and animal health.
I was bothered by the airplane-induced noise pollution, which has its own negative health effects. However, I believe the even greater issue of JWA is the threat to the environment: our wildlife, our own health and quality of life, local housing values and more.