Noise Abatement Program
Noise Abatement Program

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October 30, 2019 | 6:00pm | Jetport Administration Conference Room


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Working With Our Neighbors

The Portland International Jetport recognizes that neighborhoods surrounding PWM are affected by noise from aircraft operations. The Noise Advisory Committee (NAC) provides an official forum for collaborative discussion of airport noise issues and other related matters. Local jurisdictions and the City of Portland appoint the 12-member committee to represent residential and business concerns. The NAC was organized in 1988 as an official City of Portland advisory committee on aircraft noise issues.

The NAC members review noise abatement projects, provide input for the implementation of the current Portland International Jetport Noise Compatibility Plan, develop ideas and recommend proposals for consideration in future airport noise plans, participate on advisory committees involved in long-range airport facilities and capital improvement planning, and promote citizen understanding of airport noise issues.

Noise Control at the Jetport - A Brief History

In June of 1988, the City of Portland initiated a federally funded noise study for the Jetport and the nearby community. As a result, noise exposure maps (NEMs) were completed and submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in November 1989. The FAA accepted them in March 1990 and the Noise Compatibility Program (NCP) was approved in September 1990. Seventeen of the eighteen operational recommendations contained in the NCP were approved, and the remaining one was partially approved.

Although most of the recommendations were implemented, circumstances have changed since then, including the number of flights and the types of aircraftoperating here. Because of these changes and the length of time since our last noise study, the airport noise advisory committee requested that we update our noise study.  The FAR PART 150 update was completed in March 2006.

Fly Quiet Program

This voluntary program is designed to encourage aircraft operators to use "fly quiet" flight patterns and procedures that reduce noise in the communities surrounding Portland International Jetport. The airport's Noise Office is a timely resource for in-depth analysis and credible data about flight operations and noise monitoring reports. The Noise Office responds to residents' reports of specific noise events and investigates them to determine deviations from adopted Fly Quiet flight patterns and procedures.

Noise Advisory Committee Meeting Archive
Part 150 Noise Study

Part 150 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), “Airport Noise Compatibility Planning,” sets standards for airport operators to use in documenting noise exposure and for establishing programs to minimize noise-related land use incompatibilities. A formal submission to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under Part 150 includes two principal elements:

(1) A Noise Exposure Map (NEM); and,
(2) A Noise Compatibility Program (NCP).

The City of Portland completed its first Part 150 Study for Portland International Jetport in 1989. The FAA completed its review of the NEM and found it in compliance with Part 150 requirements, publishing a notice of its determination in the Federal Register on 27 March 1990. The FAA approved the Jetport's Noise Compatibility Program in July 1990.

In 2001, the City of Portland began an update of the 11-year old Part 150 study, including a comprehensive evaluation of the previously-approved program elements, development and documentation of an updated NEM, investigation of new alternatives, and preparation of the required NCP documentation. View the completed report by clicking on the links below.

Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F
Appendix F: mtg01
Appendix F: mtg02
Appendix F: mtg03
Appendix F: mtg04
Appendix F: mtg05
Appendix F: mtg06
Appendix F: mtg07
Appendix F: mtg08
Appendix F: mtg08-workshop
Appendix F: mtg09
Appendix F: mtg10
Appendix F: mtg11
Appendix G
Final text

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