FAA seeks public comment
The FAA invites public comments from interested individuals, entities, and other parties to review four key considerations of its civil aviation noise policy, in the context of noise metrics and noise thresholds. The civil aviation noise policy sets forth how the FAA analyzes, explains, and publicly presents changes in noise exposure from aviation activity: recreational and commercial fixed wing airplanes, helicopters, commercial space transportation vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems, as well as emerging technology vehicles (newer types of vehicles that will operate in U.S. airspace).
The FAA has clearly stated that it will use the information it receives through public comments to inform its updated noise policy and metrics for determining “significant impact” and appropriate land use going forward.
· Submit online: https://www.regulations.gov/commenton/FAA-2023-0855-0001
· Details on submitting by fax and mail are below.
· Deadline: September 29, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET, but we strongly encourage submitting well before the deadline
Here are some components to consider including:
Provide detailed, information-rich comments. The FAA states that “a constructive, information-rich comment that clearly communicates and supports its claims is more likely to have an impact on regulatory decision making.”
Characterize the problem
- Types and number of flights (general aviation, commercial jets, helicopters, private jets, etc.)
- Proximity to airport
- Times of day of flights (day, night)
- Frequency of flights (how many per day & how many per hour, esp. during the busiest times)
- Altitude of flights (provide a range if known)
- Experience of noise inside the home as well as outdoors
- Concerns about emerging aircraft (e.g., drones, air taxis)
Describe the Impacts on you, your family, your neighborhood - PROVIDE SPECIFIC DETAILS
- Sleep interruption and/or disruption
- Physical and mental health and well-being
- Emotional impacts
- Work, learning, concentrating
- Effects on children – their ability to learn, concentrate, play
- Optional: Is the average annual sound level of 65 decibels (DNL 65) sufficient to protect you from the impacts you experience?
If you have tried to complain or get help:
- What has been the response?
- Was the response helpful
- How did it make you feel?
What would you like to see done to mitigate the problem?
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: Conclude by stating that you hope and expect the FAA will adopt a new noise policy and new metrics that protect overflown communities and near-airport communities from harm based on the lived experience of people like you!
The DEADLINE to send your comment is September 29, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET.