AIRPORT NOISE: THE ROLE OF THE PUBLIC OFFICIAL

This article presents some fundamental factors relevant to airport noise controversies and suggests possible solutions to the problem. The first fundamental is that airplane noise cannot readily be compared to most other noise because it is not only sound that is important but also fear and other psychological reactions that sound produces. Airplane noise, it is noted, is really only a catchword for a larger underlying problem such as the effects planes have on the character of the neighborhood and property values. The second fundamental is that a perfect solution would require the adoption of an unacceptable extreme. An examination of the theoretical possibilities for the eradication of airport noise shows that either of two approaches can, if carried to extremes, be used to reduce the problem of aircraft noise to zero. Many anti aviation residents believe the solution lies in prohibitive legislation, regulation and judicial orders. Some aviation groups have attempted to reduce the noise emitted from the aircraft they fly. In airport noise debates, responsible government officials are required to make difficult decisions among competing priorites and values and they are not necessarily wrong just because one side doesn't happen to agree with the results. It is important, regardless of what is decided, that each side be given a full chance to be heard and to participate. Utilimately, both sides must finally realize that some compromise must be effected if anything worthwhile is ever to be accomplished.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Lakewood Publications

    731 Hennepin
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55403
  • Authors:
    • Yasgur, S S
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

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  • Accession Number: 00179875
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Airport Services Management
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM