A review of the problem of aircraft noise in Canada and the USA, points out that in the USA the total sought by plaintiffs from airport operators on account of excessive noise at present exceeds $5.5 billion, and about $23 million has already been awarded to schools and hospitals. In Canada it is estimated that 15% of the population live where aircraft noise is excessive. The numerical representation of aircraft noise is analysed in terms of disturbance effects. Physiological and psychological effects discussed include, work performance, loss of sleep, speech and hearing interference, the startle reflexes of sonic booms and the consequent risks to health in some situations (the handling of machinery, sharp objects or dangerous liquids), and the effects on pregnancy and low birth weight. Air and water pollution associated with air transport are also briefly discussed. /TRRL/

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    Royal Aeronautical Society

    4 Hamilton Place
    London S1V 0BQ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Hurtubise, F G
    • McKay, D H
    • Macenko, F
  • Publication Date: 1977-11


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 469-477
  • Serial:
    • Aeronautical Journal
    • Volume: 81
    • Issue Number: 803
    • Publisher: Royal Aeronautical Society
    • ISSN: 0001-9240

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00172457
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1978 12:00AM