Noise Mitigation Program

Noise Mitigation Program
Noise Mitigation Program 2018-04-02T10:58:21+00:00

Punta Gorda Airport strives to be a good neighbor and requests that aircraft use our noise abatement arrival and departure procedures.

NEWS UPDATE – PGD will be hosting a flying formation clinic for T-6 Texan aircraft pilots April 2 – 9, 2018. 

Noise Concerns Submission Form
Noise Abatement Maps
Flight Crew Wispertrack Info

NOISE CONCERN FAQ

No. We can only ask pilots to abide by our recommended noise abatement procedures, but have no authority to enforce them. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has sovereign control over all airspace above the United States and its Territories. Any change in departure or arrival flight paths must be approved and implemented by the FAA. The noise office is here in large part to advocate for the community, work with the FAA, and educate pilots who frequently operate out of the airport.

We advocate for the community, work with the FAA, and educate pilots who frequently operate out of the airport.

  • Purchased Flight Tracking Software to identify compliance to our recommended Noise Abatement Procedures.
  • Established Noise Concern Website page on FLYPGD.COM
  • Established Noise Concern Hot Line Phone Messaging.
  • Log and Respond to Noise Concerns by Airside Operations.
  • Put in place High Powered Engine Run Procedures.
  • Added “NOISE ABATEMENT PROCEDURES IN EFFECT” Signage at the Runway Ends.
  • Worked closely with Airline’s Flight Standards Department to insure PGD procedures are distributed to the Flight Crews and convey any non-compliance.
  • Contacted Air Carriers to distribute Noise Abatement procedures who on occasional fly into PGD.
  • Preferred Calm Wind Runway Operations: Land RWY 22, Depart Runway 04
  • Meeting with Local General Aviation Pilots on our Noise Abatement Procedures.
  • Worked with Allegiant Airlines to transition their based fleet from Douglas MD80 to quieter Airbus 320.

Signs are posted in the pilot briefing room, as well as on the airfield before the entrance to our primary runway. Additionally, notices are published in aviation reference manuals and on our website. The FBO makes available leaflets detailing the airport’s recommend noise abatement procedures to pilots obtaining fuel.

Wind direction determines which runway will be active. Aircraft will take off and land into the wind for safety purposes, and aircraft limitations.

Aircraft altitude is established by Federal law. Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations Section 91.119 which governs flight states:

Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes:
(a) Anywhere. An altitude allowing, if a power unit fails, an emergency landing without undue hazard to persons or property on the surface.
(b) Over congested areas. Over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open-air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft.
(c) Over other than congested areas. An altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure.
(d) Helicopters, powered parachutes, and weight-shift-control aircraft. If the operation is conducted without hazard to persons or property on the surface–
(1) A helicopter may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph (b) or (c) of this section, provided each person operating the helicopter complies with any routes or altitudes specifically prescribed for helicopters by the FAA; and
(2) A powered parachute or weight-shift-control aircraft may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph (c) of this section.]”

It is important to be aware of three aspects of this regulation. Most aircraft operating in the vicinity of PGD are in the process of landing or taking off, thus this regulation does not apply.

Aircraft, like cars are mechanical devices that need repairs and constant attention to function. Aircraft, due to their complexity, have more strict maintenance requirements in order to keep the passengers onboard safe.

Engine run-ups are a standard procedure to ensure the safety of flight for an aircraft. If an aircraft engine has issues that needs to be corrected before the aircraft flies again, maintenance crews maybe required to perform full power engine runs. They must ensure that the aircraft’s engines will properly function during all phases of flight.

Nighttime maintenance engine run-ups are prohibited from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. unless prior approval from airport administration is given.

Airplane routes are not like driving down the highway. Planes fly in corridors: one plane maybe over your home, the next plane over two blocks, and both will be landing on the same runway. Visually it’s like a cone with the runway being the focus. The closer to the airport the more consistent the flight paths are.

PGD’s modeled flight tracks and corridors are often used by pilots under ideal conditions. Factors such as weather, Air Traffic Control instructions, safety and the presence of other aircraft will often dictate a flight path that is different from the recommended modeled noise abatement flight tracks.

FAA requires pilots to be on a stabilized approach path when landing. To make a stabilized approach the pilot will minimalize wing movement and obtain a steady rate of decent. This means that a plane cannot make a significant turn just before landing, nor can suddenly lose altitude just before touchdown.

These noise levels primarily depend on the type of engine used by the aircraft, the size of the aircraft and whether the aircraft is taxiing on the airfield, landing or taking off. Departures tend to be louder than arrivals since the pilot is forcing more power into the engine to achieve lift.

Airplane noise is comprised of both engine noise and airframe noise. Both noises are caused by rapid displacement of air interacting with calm external air.

Weather plays an influential role in where aircraft noise travels. As the temperature heats up, the atmosphere becomes less dense, thus enabling sound waves to travel more horizontal through lower pressure air. This means an aircraft operating here in Florida during the winter will be heard further away than an aircraft operating in the much colder city New York, New York. Clouds and wind will also cause sound waves to be altered. Sound will be reflected from the clouds and back to earth, not allowing it to disperse in the atmosphere. Wind will redirect sound waves downwind from the aircraft it originated from.

No. Boca Raton commissioned a study in whether or not aircraft soot was the cause of roof staining. The results show conclusively that the roof stains are results of vegetation within the vicinity of the home, and have no correlation to aircraft operations. This also explains why there is more mold found on the roof during the wet season vs our dry season.

  • Call our noise concern hotline: 941-639-4110
  • Fill out our online noise concern questionnaire.

We will need your:

  • name
  • address
  • time of event
  • description of the aircraft
  • what it was doing
  • how/if you wish to be contacted

We strive to promote a positive community relationship. If you have a specific question regarding a flight you can file it on our noise concern submission form.