European Airport To Install Noise-reduction System

 - July 4, 2013, 4:20 AM

As part of a growing suite of noise- and pollution-control measures, France’s Nice Cote D’ Azur Airport will invest in the installation of a new underground power system that will reduce business jets’ dependency on auxiliary power units on the ramp. The system, the first of its kind in Europe, provides hatches under each aircraft engine start-up stand for access to a centralized power and heating/cooling system, greatly reducing the number of APU operation hours, as well as reducing exhaust emissions. The $2.7 million project is expected to begin this summer. The airport authority plans to impose a special fee on business aviation to fund such noise- and pollution-reduction projects. “In this way, business aviation will contribute solely to reducing the noise pollution it makes,” the airport authority stated in a release.