Naples Releases Draft Update to Airport Noise Program

 - February 14, 2023, 11:52 AM
Naples Airport Authority is updated its noise plan with proposals surrounding operations, land use, and program management. (Photo: Naples Airport Authority)

The Naples Airport Authority (NAA) has released its draft noise compatibility program (NCP) update that outlines various operational, land use, and program management approaches to addressing aircraft noise and noncompatible uses at Florida's Naples Airport (KAPF).

The noise study, NAA said, “provides a structured approach for airport operators, pilots, neighboring communities, and the FAA to evaluate opportunities to address community concerns regarding noise exposure while preserving safety and operational capabilities of the airport.”

Proposals in the draft NCP range from potential changes to various operational procedures into and out of the airport to implementing an enhanced voluntary "Fly Quiet" program and improving in areas such as zoning, soundproofing, and real estate disclosures, among others.

Noting that the draft NCP is part of an ongoing Part 150 noise study, the NAA is planning a public hearing and open house on March 9 to solicit input on the effort. Staff will be on hand at the open house to answer questions about the NCP and noise study, the first such that the NAA has undertaken in more than 20 years.

“We encourage the public to review the draft NCP update and provide their comments,” said NAA executive director Chris Rozansky. “This is an important step as we near the end of the process and prepare to submit our proposed measures for FAA review.”

NAA said the airport serviced 122,281 operations in the last fiscal year while remaining an “engaged, responsive partner to the community.” Estimating the airport generates $781 million in annual economic impact the airport authority further stated it is home to flight schools, charter operators, car rentals, corporate aviation, and non-aviation businesses, in addition to serving a central location for public services and a hub for emergency staging during natural disasters.