Noise Abatement Hotline 239-643-1879
The Naples Airport Authority and airport staff work continuously to maintain good relations with federal and local agencies, and community groups to ensure that we exhibit a commitment to being a good neighbor.
This includes working with the community to address excessive aircraft noise. A number of noise abatement procedures have been instituted to ensure that Naples Municipal Airport and the aviation community remain sensitive to quality of life issues. The Naples Airport Authority considers aircraft noise a priority issue and the airport is a noise sensitive airport. Efforts by the authority to reduce the impacts of aircraft noise date back to the first Naples Municipal Airport Master Plan in the 1970's. Since then, the authority has remained in the forefront of aviation noise issues by instituting a ban on Stage 1 and Stage 2 jets and a voluntary nighttime use restriction. The Authority has also realized the importance of having a full-time airport employee dedicated to working with the community and pilots to address noise issues.
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Noise Office Responsibilities
Deputy Executive Director Sheila Dugan takes the lead and works with the Noise Compatibility Committee.
Raul Estrada, Operations Manager, handles the noise comment hot line. The Noise Comment Hotline is (239) 643-1879. Comments may also be submitted electronically at www.planenoise.com/kapf/
Pam Rinehart assembles and publishes our Quarterly Noise Report.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How does the airport determine which runway to use?
Answer: Wind direction determines which runway will be active. Aircraft will take off and land into the wind for safety purposes. The wind helps to slow the aircraft's ground speed on approach and landing, making it easier to control and reduces the landing roll distance. On take-off, the wind helps pilots attain flying speed more quickly, which allows pilots to clear obstacles and attain a higher altitude before passing over populated areas.
Question: What is the minimum altitude for airplanes and helicopters?
Answer: The minimum altitude for airplanes is 1,000 feet above a populated area unless the aircraft is ascending after take-off or descending on approach to an airport. The exception to this is Mosquito Control spray aircraft, which may operate at a somewhat lower altitude with a special exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Question: How are pilots made aware that Naples is a noise sensitive community?
Answer: Signs are posted in the airport pilot briefing room, as well as the entrance to each runway. Additionally, notices are published in aviation reference manuals. Naples Municipal Airport also includes noise abatement information on the Automatic Terminal Information Service, a radio broadcast system for all arriving and departing pilots.
Question: Are any of the runways less noise sensitive than others?
Answer: Yes. Runway 5 is the northeast departure corridor and is over a commercial/industrial area.
Question: Why do we frequently hear aircraft revving up their engines?
Answer: Pilots are required to test the aircraft engines to ensure that the engines and systems are operating safely. This operational test is called an engine run-up, which is required prior to take-off. Routine operational run-ups are normally brief and performed just prior to take-off. Nighttime maintenance engine run-ups are prohibited from 10 p.m. until 7 a. m. Pilots are subject to fines if they violate airport regulations.
Question: Why can't the airport be closed at night or moved to the east?
Answer: The City of Naples Airport Authority cannot place operating restrictions that are contrary to the Federal Aviation Administration National Airports System Plan unless the Authority can fully demonstrate several things, including no restriction to interstate commerce. Moving the airport is cost prohibitive. Based on past studies, it would cost nearly $100 million to rebuild all of the facilities now located on the airport. In addition, there are no areas large enough for the airport that are not environmentally sensitive.
For any further questions, please contact the Noise Abatement Office at 239-643-1140.