Residents near the airport may notice fluctuations in air traffic activity because OMN has four runways pointing in different directions. Aircraft will use the runway that allows for the safest take off or landing. Aircraft generally need to take off and land into the wind, and smaller aircraft are more sensitive to wind conditions. Therefore, depending upon the direction and intensity of the wind on any given day, residents may not see a single plane overhead, and on other days they may see quite a few. The active runway for OMN is dictated by the direction of the wind along with the active runway at other airports in the area. Pilots flying into OMN will not be allowed to use an approach that would conflict with the approach being used at nearby airports, like Daytona Beach International Airport. Safety and aircraft separation are the air traffic controller’s main priorities.
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