The FAA has issued a final rule establishing a class of “quiet technology” aircraft to fly commercial tours over Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP). The rule requires no action by commercial air-tour operators; it simply identifies specific aircraft that qualify for the GCNP quiet-aircraft-technology designation.
All jet and transport-category airplanes with an mtow of 12,500 pounds or more for which application of a new type design is submitted on or after Jan. 1, 2006, will have to meet new noise certification levels.
San Diego County, which has jurisdiction over the McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ), is currently updating its FAR Part 150 noise compatibility plan for the airport. Part of the process involves evaluating existing operating procedures, with an eye toward reducing noise in the surrounding area.
Management at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Fla., has submitted a proposed noise compatibility program (under FAR Part 150 guidelines) to the FAA, which is scheduled to approve or reject it no later than January 16. Public comments can be submitted through September 20. For more information, contact Bonnie Baskin, at the FAA in Orlando, Fla., at (407) 812-6331, ext. 130.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the FAA are considering a proposal to expand noise-abatement procedures at Teterboro Airport (TEB). Currently, Runway 24 has published noise-abatement procedures. The new proposal would implement similar noise-abatement procedures for aircraft departing from the other three TEB runways.
• Incentives/disincentives in rental rates. Establish a set of incentives and disincentives through differential rental rates to encourage the greater use of quieter aircraft and less use of noisier aircraft at VNY. Rental rates for leases and tie-downs would correlate directly to the level of noise generated by the aircraft.
The Los Angeles World Airport Authority (LAWA) recently awarded a $6.5 million, three- to five-year contract to Harris Miller Miller and Hanson (HMMH) of Burlington, Mass., to conduct simultaneous FAR Part 161 (noise-control) studies at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY).
Proposed noise mitigation measures under study by the Los Angeles World Airport Authority do not contain an outright ban on Stage 2 jets at Van Nuys Airport. However, the airport authority’s goal of establishing a maximum daytime noise limit of 77 dBA for all aircraft operations at the airport effectively bans Stage 2 jets.
Both sides claimed a measure of victory in the June 3 U.S. Court of Appeals ruling, but the Naples (Fla.) Airport Authority (NAA) is crowing much louder than representatives of general aviation. The court decision upheld the NAA ban on Stage 2 jets–a ban disputed by the FAA and a host of aviation advocacy groups, including NBAA.
All jet and transport-category airplanes for which application of a new type design is submitted on or after January 1 next year will have to meet Stage 4 noise certification levels. Stage 4 is a cumulative 10 EPNdB (effective perceived noise level in decibels) less than the current Stage 3 limits. All business jets currently manufactured meet Stage 3, and nearly all would qualify to be recertified to meet Stage 4.