OGDEN -- Ogden-Hinckley Airport is changing its procedures so planes taking off will be higher in the air when they clear the airport boundaries in the direction of Roy.
The change is in reaction to the events of Dec. 5, when a plane attempting to land in heavy fog crashed into a neighborhood in Roy.
Ever since then, residents have been asking for airport changes to protect their homes.
Ogden Chief Administrative Officer John Patterson said the city is still negotiating with the Federal Aviation Administration to change flight patterns around the airport.
Airport Manager Ed Rich said Tuesday he sent an e-mail notification to all pilots who normally use the airport, advising them of the new procedures for takeoffs.
The memo says: "Due to the recent aircraft accident in Roy city, there will be no more fixed-wing intersection departures on Runway 16 and 21. This procedure will be followed unless directed otherwise by the Control Tower. This procedure will put the aircraft at a higher altitude over Roy city, thus reducing the impact of low-flying aircraft over the people and houses."
Ogden-Hinckley Airport has three runways laid out around a triangle, with the ends of each side of the triangle extending out. The runways have six number designations depending on which direction planes use to take off or land.
Runways 16 and 21 go south and southwest, both aimed at Roy. In doing an "intersection departure," planes would taxi to the runway by the shortest route, turn onto it in the middle of the runway at an intersection, then take off.
Rich said under the new rule, those planes have to go to runways 16 and 21 and taxi all the way to the north or northeast ends, farthest from Roy, before turning to take off.
Small fixed-wing aircraft can take off in less than 1,000 feet, he said, and the runways are more than 5,000 feet long, "so planes will be higher up in the air when they get over Roy."
Rich said the crash Dec. 5 was the first time in recent history the airport had a crash at landing.
"Most accidents are on takeoff, because you've got a cold engine, you've got a hot day and you're full of gas. Landing is not a high-danger situation," he said.
Roy Mayor Joe Ritchie is happy with the new rule and thinks it is a step in the right direction.
Although Ritchie is happy with the decision to go all the way to the north end of the runway before takeoff, he said more needs to be done.
He is still in talks with Ogden and is working with the FAA in the hope of reducing the frequency of flights over his city.
"I think all of this shows a great deal of cooperation with Ogden city and everyone involved," Ritchie said.
He shared the new information with residents at Tuesday's city council meeting.
The city has not yet set a town meeting that was proposed to residents two weeks ago, but Ritchie said that would probably occur after the new year when more information is available from the investigation of the recent plane crash, and when steps are taken that will give Roy residents more positive information.
Standard-Examiner correspondent Rachel Trotter contributed to this article.
Click here to see a map of the airport showing the runways.