Roles & Responsibilities

Air Traffic Control

The FAA is responsible for the safe movement of aircraft both on the airfield and within the contiguous airspace of the United States. They communicate voluntary noise abatement procedures recommended by the Aviation Authority and approved by the FAA. Any noise mitigation procedure must meet all FAA air safety, environmental and legal requirements.

Residents and Prospective Residents

The residents in areas surrounding an airport should seek to understand community aircraft operations and strive to be aware of what procedures that can and cannot be taken to minimize the effect of aircraft noise. Individual and community responses to aircraft noise differ substantially and, for some individuals, a reduced level of noise may not eliminate the annoyance or irritation. Prospective residents should investigate the location of airports and aircraft flight tracks to determine the potential effect on their individual quality of life and make their decisions accordingly. 


As the person in charge of operating the aircraft, the pilot has the ultimate responsibility. It is up to the pilot to follow the recommended noise abatement procedures, while adhering to all safety measures. 

Minimizing aircraft noise over residential areas and operating a safe and efficient air transportation system is a worldwide challenge. Courteous and responsible pilots make the difference by avoiding unnecessary residential over-flights and by flying as quietly as safety permits. 

Safety always supersedes noise abatement procedures. Please follow air traffic control instructions and other safety considerations caused by weather or emergencies. 


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