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FAA to Re-Evaluate Method for Measuring Aircraft Noise Effects

By Veronica Magan | May 13, 2015
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Aircraft noise simulation. Photo: Onera
Aircraft noise simulation. Photo: Onera

[Avionics Today 05-13-2015] The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will soon begin work on the next step in a multi-year effort to continue understanding the relationship between aircraft noise exposure and its effects on communities around airports. Beginning in the next two to three months, the FAA will contact residents around selected U.S. airports through mail and telephone to survey public perceptions of aviation noise throughout the course of a year. 

According to the FAA, this will be the most comprehensive study using a single noise survey ever undertaken in the United States, polling communities surrounding 20 airports nationwide. The agency hopes to finish gathering data by the end of 2016 and then analyze the results to determine whether to update its methods for determining exposure to noise, which date back to the early ‘90s.

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