Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Problems. Topic S02-03. A Compilation of Airport Noise Programs in Areas Outside DNL 65

Over the past three decades, the collective efforts of governments at all levels, airport officials, aircraft and engine manufacturers, airlines and other aircraft operators, pilots, communities and other stakeholders has reduced the size of the 65 </span><font size="3">day-</font><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt">night average sound level (DNL) contours around the nation's airports. Today only a half million people now reside within the DNL 65 dB contour in dwellings that were either not built with or subsequently retrofitted with sufficient sound insulation. This success is reflected by the fact that most aviation noise complaints now come from persons residing outside DNL 65 contours. The Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) have determined that noise must be aggressively addressed in order to meet the tripled capacity requirements of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). </span><font size="3"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span></font><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt">Federal law and policy concerning noise abatement and mitigation outside DNL 65 is considered on a case-by-case basis, which has resulted in a wide range of airport responses to these complaints from ignoring them on one hand to spending millions of dollars to address them on the other, particularly where they were ordered to do so by courts. Many airports are currently struggling to respond appropriately to noise concerns, particularly those experiencing rapid growth in operations. While some airports have explored the options for reducing the impacts of aviation noise outside DNL 65, most have concentrated efforts within the DNL 65. </span><span style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt">The goal of this synthesis project is to compile in one location current applicable Federal law and policy; and to provide the state of the practice on airport responses to noise complaints outside the DNL 65 contour.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The synthesis of practice will compile the existing and proposed applicable laws, policies, and regulations, plus relevant court decisions (published and as-available). The other major component of this synthesis will be to identify the airports that have or are planning programs to address noise beyond DNL 65 and to summarize those programs including the underlying reasons for undertaking those programs.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span></span></p>


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $25000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Alabama, Huntsville

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Huntsville, AL  United States  35899
  • Start Date: 20080401
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090501
  • Source Data: RiP Project 15468

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  • Accession Number: 01462745
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:09PM