General aviation issues
The takeover of Boulder skies by the general aviation industry is not unique to Boulder. Communities across the US are experiencing the same problems.
Lead in aviation fuel
Many of these planes are decades old. Most burn leaded aviation fuel. The dangers of lead on humans and animals have been known for centuries. Lead was banned from automotive gas in 1996.
What does it mean to live underneath uncontrolled airspace? Since May 2022 there have been six plane crashes in or very neary Boulder County, resulting in 10 deaths.
It is undisputed that noise can negatively impact human health. Wildlife, also, depends heavily on hearing to find food, mates, and avoid predators.
The 'pilot shortage'
The industry's ongoing claims of a dire shortage of pilots is an extremely skewed story.
Aviation enthusaists regularly tout the economic benefit of this industry. But there's plenty they don't tell you because they don't want you to know.
Regional airport growth
The US has more airports per capita than possibly any country on Earth.