Why can’t planes take off in the “other” direction?

Airplanes must take off and land into the wind. The prevailing wind direction at RMMA is from the northwest, and the primary sets of runways are oriented accordingly. 

The areas immediately underneath the departure and approach ends of the runways will experience high volumes of aircraft overflights. Areas underneath the standard traffic pattern will also experience substantial volumes of aircraft overflights. 

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1. What can the RMMACNR do to keep airplanes from flying over my neighborhood?
2. How busy is the airport? How is the level of activity at the airport measured?
3. What are RMMA’s hours of operation?
4. Why can’t planes take off in the “other” direction?
5. Who do I call to complain about airplane noise?
6. What noise abatement procedures are in effect?
7. Is there a legal minimum altitude that airplanes can fly over residential areas?