There are currently seven flight schools that operate out of the county airport and there are currently no enforceable restrictions, according to Debra Hurst, an attorney working with residents living near the airport located at 1960 Joe Crosson Dr in El Cajon. The pending lawsuit alleges the county over-burdened the homes near Gillespie Field after opening several pilot schools.
“They have the most flight schools in the county and it’s become an international flight school hub,” said Sue Strom, a neighbor who lives near the airport.
Residents are demanding restrictions on flight times and financial compensation for their pain and suffering.
"Periodically, they would fly over and it was no big deal. Then, all of sudden, we saw an increase in traffic and heard more noise," Christopher Dean.
"The airplanes come so low you feel like you could take a tennis ball and racket and hit away and almost hit the planes out of the sky," said Brian Markworth, neighbor.
Pilots told FOX5 they are courteous.
“I was always taught to take off at a steep incline to minimize noise to the neighbors and I do…but this airport has been here forever so it’s kinda to be expected,” said pilot Mike Reeves.
County officials declined to speak about pending litigation.
The lawsuit could be filed as soon as June 30.