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Noise Abatement Programs have been established at MCO and ORL. These programs include noise exposure reductions through establishment of:
- Operational procedures
- Federal legislation
- Compatible land use plans
Most of these airport operating procedures were established and have been in effect since the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Occasionally, minor modifications to these procedures occur when they are shown to reduce noise exposure to the overall community. Changes to operational procedures will result whenever a new runway is placed into operation, such as when MCO opened a fourth runway in late 2003. Environmental and noise studies have been completed which establish the basis for its operation.
Federal legislation mandated air carrier/air cargo and aircraft manufacturers to stricter noise standards. Aircraft operators must comply with this legislation by the end of 2003. Existing aircraft which do not meet the new standards must be replaced or retrofitted (aircraft weighing over 75,000 lbs.). The resulting noise reduction would benefit communities affected by these aircraft serving MCO.
GOAA has acquired property in high noise exposure areas to improve the compatibility between off-airport land use and aircraft overflight activity. Local governments have enacted ordinances that require future development to be compatible with aircraft noise exposure. In addition, certain areas around MCO and ORL are subject to avigation easements, waiver of claim, and/or notice of aircraft activity. These represent forms of notification that overflights occur today or will occur in the future as a result of growth in aircraft activity and planned runway development. It should be noted that there are off-airport areas affected by aircraft operations that do not include a site specific notification.
Information concerning aircraft activity and noise exposure at specific sites can be obtained by contacting the Noise Abatement Officer (407) 825-2674.
The Aviation Noise Abatement Committee (ANAC) has 10 voting members representing both impacted and non-impacted communities as well as technical and Aviation Authority appointed members. The Committee also has non-voting members representing various government entities and a Noise Abatement Officer. Members and the Noise Abatement Officer may be contacted via the Noise Office at: 407-825-2674 or by e-mail to the: Noise Abatement Manager
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has the authority and is responsible for controlling aircraft noise by regulating source emissions. The FAA’s Air Traffic Control has the authority to implement noise abatement operational procedures which have been recommended by the airport proprietor and have been shown to be consistent with air safety and all legal requirements.
The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) is responsible for planning and implementing actions designed to reduce the effect of noise on residents of the surrounding area. Such actions include noise abatement procedures, land acquisition and other controls that do not discriminate, create an unsafe situation, impede the management of the air navigation system, or interfere with interstate or foreign commerce.