The major stakeholders of the airport that are expected to provide input for the Part 150 Noise Study include the NAA, the FAA, elected officials, pilots, and residents.
NAPLES AIRPORT AUTHORITY
The NAA is the sponsor of this Part 150 Noise Study and is responsible for planning and assisting with the implementation of actions designed to reduce the effect of noise on residents of the surrounding area. Such actions, if approved by the FAA, may include noise abatement procedures, sound insulation, and other measures that do not discriminate among aircraft operators, create an unsafe situation, impede the management of the air system, or interfere with interstate or foreign commerce.
Any operational procedure recommended by NAA must first be approved by the FAA. To be approved, a measure must demonstrate that it provides a noise benefit for non-compatible land uses, while not impacting safety.
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
The FAA has the primary role to ensure safe and efficient use of the National Airspace System. FAA Air Traffic Control (ATC) is responsible for the movement of aircraft on the airfield and in the air, and the FAA has the sole authority to implement noise abatement operational procedures.
Any noise abatement procedures considered by the FAA must be consistent with air safety and all legal requirements and demonstrate a reduction in noise for non-compatible uses. The FAA makes the final determination on any new procedures resulting from a Part 150 Noise Study.
Local elected officials (Collier County and the City of Naples) have the responsibility to provide for land use planning, zoning, and housing regulations that limit land use near airports to those compatible with airport operations.
In both commercial and general aviation, the pilot has the ultimate responsibility for the safe operation of their aircraft. Although ATC assigns the flight track and altitude, the pilot still maintains the authority to make the final judgment due to safety. In general, it is up to the pilot to adhere to noise abatement procedures.
The residents in areas surrounding an airport and throughout the City of Naples and Collier County are asked to attend meetings, provide input regarding noise concerns, and strive to understand actions that can and cannot be taken to minimize the effects of aircraft noise.