COMMUNITY REACTIONS TO THE CONCORDE: AN ASSESSMENT OF THE TRIAL PERIOD AT DULLES AIRPORT

This study addressed two general questions: what has been learned about the changes in the noise environment and about the reactions of people around Dulles airport toward those changes? What has been learned about the design and operation of the monitoring program during the Dulles trial that could be used to improve any similar program in the future? The study findings which are derived from data collected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from its noise monitoring, community opinion survey and complaint collection programs are tabulated. The data from the FAA's monitoring program are compatible with predictions that would be made on the basis of existing knowledge about aircraft noise and resulting community response. For communities in the Dulles survey sample, there is a general relationship among the cumulative noise levels for all aircraft operations, the percentage of survey respondents who reported that they had heard the Concorde, the annoyance with aircraft noise expressed by survey respondents, the reported attitudes toward the Secretary's decision, and spontaneous complaints about the Concorde. A new phenomenon associated with the Concorde is the high level of low-frequency noise. Further results are discussed, and it is noted that the data reinforce confidence in the validity of the cumulative noise descriptors for prediction of the changes in people's annoyance with aircraft noise.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Research Council

    Committee on Community Reactions to the Concorde
    Washington, DC  USA  20418
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 17 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00173839
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1978 12:00AM