"Good Neighbors Keep Their
Noise To Themselves"
Aircraft and airport noise is one of the most difficult noise problems
to address. Large airports are getting larger, and expansion of small
regional airports is the single greatest threat placed upon us by the
aviation industry today. Below you will find resources available on the
NPC website that focus specifically on the aviation noise problem.
If you are looking for a grassroots group that is fighting the airport
near you, contact the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse using our
Also see this list of websites for grassroots
- Chapter 9 of California's Land Use Planning
Handbook. This is a good resource regarding safety around
airports. To get the entire handbook, or other chapters from this
handbook in PDF form,
- Improving General Aviation
Security. This is a report to Congress from the FAA after the
September 11th terrorist attacks.
of Noise Annoyance (2001)
This paper provides an excellent critique of the FAA's reliance on
65 DNL. The author is the executive director of the Institute of Noise
Control Engineers. If you don't already have it, you will need the free
Reader to view this PDF file.
- Hatton and Others v. The United Kingdom
European Court of Human Rights decision that residents around
Heathrow Airport in London have the right to undisturbed sleep.
- Oakland Airport Court Decision
This decision in the California appeals court system sets a
precedent, at least in California, that 65 DNL is not a sufficient
criteria to use in Environmental Impact Reports; single event noise
levels must also be considered.
- SeaAir v. City of New York
This landmark decision will set a precedent for municipalities
nationwide that want to regulate heliports. This is the first case to
focus on air tour regulation.
- Aviation Noise Effects
This report, written by the FAA, summarizes the effects of aviation
noise in many areas, ranging from human annoyance to impact on real
estate values. (This is a very long text, so wait for it load
- Draft Aviation Noise Abatement Policy (July
The Federal Aviation Administration recently published this draft.
This Policy provides guidelines for most FAA actions related to
alleviating aviation noise. The current draft policy has a number of
objectionable features and glaring ommissions. We have until August 28,
2000 to make ourselves heard over the roar of airplanes! For more
information see NPC's FAA Noise
Abatement Policy Alert page.
- House Air
Noise Caucus Membership (June 2000)
This page lists the 20 members of the Air Noise Caucus in the
United States House of Representatives. The caucus concentrates on:
bills to limit aircraft operations that unreasonably impact residents;
advancing noise reduction technology; and relevant appropriations. See
if your politicians are representing your interests-- and if they're
not, ask them to join the Air Noise Caucus!
- EPA Comment Letter and Attachment sent to the
FAA, opposing the expansion of Logan Airport (April 1999)
This letter from EPA Region One to the FAA states that the
expansion of Logan Airport (Boston) can not be justified. The letter and
attachment review several relevant statutes and guidelines, and
concludes that the FAA has not complied with federal law. Consequently,
the EPA evaluation of the proposal is "Environmental Objections;
- EPA Comment Letter to the FAA, opposing the
expansion of Piedmont Triad International Airport (June 2000)
This letter and attachments from the Federal EPA Region Four
opposes the expansion of the Greensboro, North Carolina, Piedmont Triad
International Airport. The proposed action involves the addition of the
Piedmont Triad Airport Authority (PTAA) overnight express air cargo
runway and associated facilities, and would make PTIA a hub for Federal
Express. The EPA states that it does not believe that the DEIS fully
describes the proposed air cargo operations and the associated potential
noise impacts, nor fully addresses the mitigation of those impacts.
- A Review of Recent Public Comments on the
Application of Aircraft Noise Descriptors (Does the Public Support our
Noise Policy?) (July 1991)
This report presents selected recent public comments by individuals
and communities concerning reactions to aircraft noise. It shows that
patterns of denial, obfuscation, delay, stonewalling, and total
disregard for environmental noise impacts is repeated from coast to
coast, underlying the need for altered attitudes as well as technical
procedures and processes.
- Estimation of Cancer Risks Attributed to
Air Pollution in SW Chicago (April 1993)
A study prepared for the EPA that estimates the cancer risks from
30 pollutants in Southwest Chicago, including pollutants emitted by
- Air Toxic Report: New York, New Jersey,
Connecticut Metro Area (1989)
This report summarizes data gathered pursuant to the Community
Right-To-Know Act. Data shows that staggering amounts of toxins are
released into the air in the Tri-State area, which is home to three
major airports. Unfortunately, the report does not distinguish between
airports and other "manufacturers."
- Resolution of the National Parent Teachers
Association (PTA) (1999)
This National PTA resolution recognizes the need to protect
children from the effects of aircraft emissions. The National PTA
supports toxic emission study, remedial steps, airport reporting
requirements, and environmental restrictions on airports.
- Resolution of the City of Minneapolis
This resolution by the city of Minneapolis resolution discourages
work-related travel by city employees and members of downtown committees
on flights to and from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
- Resolution of the Rutherford, New Jersey Board
of Education (January 1998)
Recognizing the effects of airport noise on children, the
Rutherford Board of Education resolved to call upon authorities to
institute immediate steps to dramatically reduce aircraft noise
pollution over Rutherford schools.
- NPC's Noise in Our National Parks
feature provides resources and information to protect national parks,
wildlife, and our rural environment from the effects of aviation noise.
- Fifteen Ways to Quiet the Skies
- Growth in air travel
- Growth in airports
- Stage III noise control
- Wrong Priorities