Massport and FAA Work to Reduce Overflight Noise
SEVERAL TEST PROJECTS DESIGNED TO MAINTAIN SAFETY AND REDUCE NOISE CONCENTRATION
Friday, October 7, 2016
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced preliminary results of months of collaboration to develop test projects that are designed to help address the concentration of noise that some residents face because of aircraft flight procedures.
The two agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding to frame the process for analyzing opportunities to incrementally reduce noise through changes or amendments to Performance Based Navigation.
Over the last several years, the implementation of the new Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures – including Area Navigation, or RNAV – has resulted in flights becoming more concentrated because of the more precise nature of the technology. This has generated community concerns about persistent noise in specific locations. Previously, flights were more spread out because planes were using less precise navigation systems. Massport has proposed several ideas for a test program with the FAA to better understand the implications of the flight concentrations and to study possible strategies to address the neighborhood concerns. The FAA has agreed to study Massport’s ideas for a test program.