Naples Airport Authority Finalizes Noise Study
The Naples Airport Authority (NAA) Board of Commissioners voted on the final measures to be included in its Part 150 Noise Study.
The study, which began in 2019 and involved over 100 public meetings and presentations, resulted in nearly 100 initial recommendations from the community. The NAA Board of Commissioners voted on Thursday, April 20 to adopt a series of recommendations to be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for review and approval.
“The Part 150 Noise Study was the necessary first step to address community concerns about aircraft noise,” said NAA Board of Commissioners Chair Kerry C. Dustin. “These recommendations were developed with the vital input of the community, the Naples City Council, Technical Advisory and Noise Compatibility Committees. We are grateful for their engagement throughout the process.”
“The adoption of these noise abatement measures demonstrates our ongoing commitment to our community, neighbors and the environment,” said Chris Rozansky, Executive Director of NAA. “This is a significant milestone, but we’re not stopping here. We will continue working on additional initiatives, including the design of more efficient flight procedures, that could result in noise reduction for the entire community.”
The measures will be submitted to the FAA for its 180-day review period, after which the NAA can begin the process of implementing approved measures. A summary of noise abatement measures that will be submitted to the FAA for approval as part of the noise study is below.
- Implement procedures to increase glide slope to all runway ends
- Modify the 2,000-foot hold down (commonly referred to as “higher-faster”)
- Promote voluntary use of NBAA Noise Abatement Departure Procedures
- Implement Optimized Profile Descent (OPD) procedures to all runway ends
- Route south and eastbound jet departures from Runway 23 down the bay (approximately 9 jet flights per day when Runway 23 is in use)
- Shift Goodlette-Frank Road Departure Corridor East and Create a “Golf Course Corridor” (approximately 10 jet flights per day when Runway 32 is in use)
- Increase use of the crosswind Runway 14/32 (approximately 22 additional days per year)
The NAA Board of Commissioners also adopted a dozen additional Land Use and Programmatic measures to further improve noise abatement and compatible land use including the adoption of a residential sound insulation program and supporting local government efforts to maintain compatible zoning.
While this marks the end of the Part 150 Noise Study, it is not the end of the NAA’s ongoing noise abatement efforts, which include improving the airport’s 98.9% voluntary curfew compliance rate. Over the past year curfew violations have been reduced by more than 34% and jet curfew violations have decreased by 51%.
The NAA continues to pursue these innovative noise abatement initiatives in addition to its ongoing noise abatement programs:
- Engaging a global airspace and flight procedure design firm
- The installation of Noise and Operations Monitors to better measure and report on actual aircraft noise exposure through a public website
- Establishing an enhanced Fly Quiet Program
About Naples Airport
Naples Airport is ideally located within minutes of downtown Naples, the Gulf of Mexico and I-75, connecting people to the Paradise Coast through an exceptional airport experience. The airport serviced over 122,000 annual operations in the last fiscal year, while being an engaged, responsive partner to the community. Home to flight schools, air charter operators, car rental agencies, and corporate aviation and non-aviation businesses, the airport is also a central location for public services, including fire/rescue services, mosquito control, the Collier County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit and other community services. The airport also prides itself on being the hub of emergency staging during natural disasters, like hurricanes and tornadoes, for first responders, lighting, and power crews.
All funds used for the airport’s operation, maintenance and improvements are generated from activities at the airport or federal and state grants from aviation-related user fees. The airport receives no local tax dollars. The Florida Department of Transportation values the airport’s annual economic impact to the community at $781 million.
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