Regarding the recent letter to the editor “Why can’t aviation schools be awesome neighbors?” in the July 2021 Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent newspaper: aircraft training schools are awesome neighbors.
Training aircraft have been flying safely out of Williams/Gateway and Falcon Field airports for more than 80 years. At one time Williams Air Force Base had so many take-offs and landings each day it was reported to be the busiest airport in the world.
Training and other aircraft — like the Sentimental Journey B-17 and B-25 from Falcon Field Airport — frequently fly directly over my Queen Valley home and I find myself standing agape just listening and watching them go by. I find aircraft to be mechanical beauty in motion.
It appears to me that we are much more likely to be struck by lightning than an aircraft falling out of the sky. If we are going to worry about something, it should be something worth worrying about.
Editor’s note: Neal Matheson is a resident of Queen Valley.