Techniques for Modifying NextGen Flight Track Design to Reduce Noise Exposure and Annoyance

Implementation of performance-based navigation (PBN) across the entire National Airspace System is a key NextGen goal. PBN is a critical enabler of trajectory-based operations, which are intended to reduce delays through increased operational predictability. With the implementation of PBN flight procedures through FAA’s Metroplex and related processes, some communities have expressed concern regarding increased aircraft noise exposure. Multiple lawsuits have been filed, and in some cases, FAA has been directed by the courts to return to the pre-area navigation (RNAV) flight procedures, negating the benefits of reduced fuel consumption and air emissions. It is likely that, to ensure the continued successful rollout of NextGen procedures, consideration will need to be given not only to efficiency improvements but also to minimizing community impacts; yet there is no established technique to balance these two goals. The objective of this research is to identify viable techniques for considering both capacity/efficiency and community impacts when modifying NextGen flight tracks.


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  • Status: Terminated
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-88

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Start Date: 20180730
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01677270
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-88
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 31 2018 8:07PM