Aren't these aircraft flying too low?

Most of the jet aircraft taking off and landing at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA) are following the established departure procedures or glide path for our instrument approach and must make certain altitude adjustments at certain points to perform a safe landing. An airplane’s ability to fly the designated approach or departure is what primarily governs the design of these procedures. 

An aircraft must be able to slow from its cruising speed to its landing speed during the approach, and it must maintain a certain minimum speed on departure to stay airborne. This limits a plane’s climb angle. Terrain avoidance and obstacle clearance are also primary concerns. RMMA does not have any enforcement authority over aircraft that violate regulations and fly too low. If you believe an aircraft is flying too low, please contact the Federal Aviation Administration at 303-342-1100 and report the violation.

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1. Aren't these aircraft flying too low?
2. Can Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport change plane routes?
3. How are noise hotline statistics kept?
4. How does RMMA reconcile with the FAA and individual pilots who do not comply with the voluntary noise abatement program?
5. What about airports that have had federal assistance in their noise mitigation efforts?
6. What happens when I call the noise complaint line (303-271-4874)?
7. What is Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport doing about noise?
8. Who controls the planes flying overhead, and why do so many flights cross over noise-sensitive areas?
9. Why can't airplanes climb higher before flying over residential areas?
10. Why can't the planes fly to the south of the Rock Creek subdivision? Or, why must they fly over my subdivision?
11. Why do aircraft take off and land at early and late hours?
12. Why wasn't I notified about the airport when I moved into the area?