Ian Steer —
Porter Airlines supporters missed the big picture at Toronto’s City Hall public hearings into allowing jets into an expanded waterfront airport. Ask any resident if jets like Boeings or Airbuses should be allowed at Billy Bishop airport and the answer is now, has always been and always will be a resounding no! Ask however, if whisper jets should be allowed and the answer must be absolutely yes. These are not jets as they are known today. Whisper jet engines, technically known as geared-turbofans, are two to four times quieter than all previous commercial jet engines. They are the first ever jet engines as quiet as turboprops.
Selling the plan as offering Torontonians easy access to the world is also thinking small. It is the world’s access to it that will transform Toronto, because it will be the only big-city destination in North America with an airport just minutes from the city’s centre, giving time-saving and money-saving convenience to business and vacation travelers alike.
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Most importantly, more than a leap for Toronto is at stake. A quantum leap for Canada is at risk because whisper jets are the future of aviation. To be part of that future, and keep the thousands and possibly tens of thousands of Canadian high-tech jobs now on the line, Toronto needs to do its part. Think big. Do the right thing. Leap with, into and upon aviation’s future and please approve whisper jet and only whisper jet access for Toronto’s waterfront.
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Ian Steer is a Toronto waterfront resident
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