Aircraft noise has had an impact on the operations of existing airports and on the development of new airports. Runway restrictions, schedule controls, and changes in flight procedures have been instituted. Adjoining lands in high noise impact areas are being acquired by some airports for compatible land usage. Several major new airports have been delayed because of community concern for noise and other environmental problems. Aircraft noise from flight and, in some instances, from ground activity, has been a source of serious complaint to airport management and, in several instances, lawsuits have been filed for damage and injunctive relief. Generally, the same pressures that have been focused on airport management also have been directed at the airlines. In response, many airlines have changed approach, departure, and maintenance procedures which for the most part result in increased costs of operation. The airlines are being asked to consider retrofitting engine nacelles on existing aircraft with acoustical materials to reduce noise at its source. Aircraft and engine manufacturers have performed extensive work to find ways to reduce aircraft noise. This has resulted in a new generation of quieter aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is developing noise measurement methods and impact area formulas. These methods apparently do not accurately describe the human annoyance factors or clearly delinate the areas of the surrounding community on which airport noise may impact. The foregoing activity will alleviate current noise problems to some extent, but with the anticipated growth in air traffic, both passenger and cargo, longer range fundamental solutions need to be pursued.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Industrial Pollution Control Council

    14th between E Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20230
  • Publication Date: 1972-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 35 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00155612
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Aviation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM