FAA Seeks Public Comment on Aviation Noise Research Program

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Airport Improvement Program

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is requesting public input on agency-sponsored research into the effects of civil aircraft noise on the well-being of residents in areas surrounding U.S. airports. The comment period is open through March 15th. 

FAA said Thursday it will hold a virtual event Monday to present results from the Neighborhood Environmental Survey (NES) and initiatives to address community impacts of noise exposure.

For the NES program, FAA polled more than 10,000 people who live close to 20 airports nationwide and found increased noise annoyance levels among respondents to the national survey compared with previous studies.

The agency added it works with airlines, local governments and community groups to reduce aviation noise and manage use of land to avoid exposing residential locations to the disturbance caused by aircraft sound.

According to FAA, the number of people exposed to airport noise throughout the country dropped by 94 percent during the past 40 years to roughly 400,000.

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