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Features November 2016 Issue

Reducing the Ruckus

I’d just cleared an afterburning F/A-18 for takeoff at 7:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning. The tower phone rang immediately with a complaint—from my wife—yelling, “Whatever the %$&* that thing was just woke up the baby.” Inexplicably, she wasn’t very reasonable when I explained that military, emergency, and air ambulance aircraft are exempt from noise-abatement procedures. I dared not tell her how much I’d just enjoyed it.

Reducing the Ruckus

Preserving the peace and quiet of airport neighbors is an FAA priority—and it should be one of yours too. Don’t play nice, and you might not be allowed to play at all.

Airports are usually born in the lesser-populated outskirts of their namesake town. Over time, they often find themselves enveloped by suburbs and industry. This close contact inevitably leads to tension, as city populations and aviation traffic demands grow in parallel, spurring a need to reign in the noise. Noise abatement often begins with “good neighbor” policies—typically voluntary, common-sense practices designed to assuage the locals.

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