Under pressure from a pair of local high-profile congressmen, Howard Berman (D) and Brad Sherman (D), the FAA has announced it will hold a community hearing on helicopter noise in the L.A. basin during the first week of August. The hearing will take testimony from concerned parties that will be the basis of a report that could provide the basis for imposed and/or voluntary solutions.
A new noise-cancelling headset introduced in April at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, is set to find a market in business and private aviation.
Middletown, R.I.-based Avid claims the headset “effectively reduces environmental external noise by 85 percent with a 20-decibel maximum noise attenuation.” Forty-millimeter speakers, said an Avid spokeswoman, “ensure crisp, clear sound and well defined bass.”
Less than two weeks before California’s June 5 primary election, some federal lawmakers in the state are again making helicopter noise in the Los Angeles area a campaign issue. In a letter sent yesterday to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, seven members from California’s congressional delegation are urging him to jump-start the public comment period of the FAA rulemaking process.
In an age when general aviation airports are under attack as sources of unwanted noise, Cannes-Mandelieu Airport on France’s Mediterranean coast has reached an accommodation with its neighbors. Just four years ago Côte d’Azur residents were threatening to shut the airport down.
Cannes-Mandelieu Airport has apparently reached an accommodation with its neighbors, who threatened to shut down the airport permanently four years ago. According to Umberto Vallino, marketing and statistics manager for the airport, the key is a noise-abatement effort launched in April using a computer program developed by A-Tech Acoustic Technologies of Brussels, Belgium.
Arinc Direct announced today that it has added standardized airport noise abatement procedures to its product suite for flight planning, thanks to an agreement with FlightRisk and Whispertrack. As such, the company’s flight-planning suite now includes noise-abatement procedures for more than 22 North American airports, including Teterboro, N.J., and Oakland and Santa Monica, Calif. Arinc Direct claims it is the first flight-planning service to provide this data as standard information for its operators.
The FAA approved the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s noise compatibility program following a two-year noise study. Its new program focuses on three areas: noise abatement, land-use planning and program management.
InspecTech Aero Service has launched its iShade iQ electrically dimmable window, and the new technology includes a breakthrough in noise damping, according to the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company. “Cabin windows are a main path for noise transmission,” explained the company at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in April in Hamburg, Germany.
If the FAA reauthorization bill currently under debate in Congress is finally passed in its present form, one provision that it contains could seal the fate of Stage II aircraft operations in the continental U.S., based in part on the efforts of an aviation industry group known as Sound Initiative.
As part of its good-neighbor program, Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, N.Y., presented its annual Spirit of Noise Abatement awards at an environmental event organized by the Westchester Aviation Association at the end of May. Since 1994 the program has honored those business aircraft operators who have abided by the airport’s noise-reduction policies during the previous year.