Effective aircraft noise management requires a collaborative effort between aircraft operators, airport operators and ATC. Minimizing noise impacts is in the best interest of all stakeholders. NBAA offers the following guidance for air traffic control:

  • The airport and ATC management should conduct a procedures review to recommend and implement new airport noise awareness programs. The recommendations should add a statement such as “use noise abatement procedures” to all ATC clearances issued by control tower operators.
  • Control tower operators should be permitted to give any needed special attention to jet aircraft that may, for purposes of noise abatement, be required to land or takeoff using a different runway than the one in use by smaller aircraft.
  • Control tower operators should develop procedures that will separate high-performance aircraft from low-performance aircraft as much as possible.
  • The air traffic control procedures should keep aircraft more than 3,000 feet AGL over noise-sensitive areas to the extent that this can be accomplished without excessive derogation of air traffic flow.
  • It is recommended that high-performance aircraft within reasonable operating limits and consistent with noise abatement policies remain at the highest possible altitude as long as possible when arriving and climb to the requested altitude filed by the pilot as soon as possible after departing.
  • SIDs should include references to the use of noise abatement procedures.