FAA Seeks Comments on Updates to Airport Noise Control and Compatibility Planning Guidance
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
WASHINGTON– The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) invites the aviation industry and the public to comment on a planned update to guidance for evaluating noise and land use around airports.
The agency will consider comments received as it prepares to update the Noise Control and Compatibility Planning for Airports advisory circular, AC 150/5020-1. The advisory circular provides airport sponsors guidance on how to conduct an airport noise and land use compatibility study to meet the requirements of Federal Aviation Regulation, Part 150. The study, commonly called a Part 150 study, provides a structured process to evaluate the compatibility of property surrounding airports with airport noise and develop mitigation measures.
Sponsors who participate in the Part 150 process may be eligible to apply for Airport Improvement Program grant funding to mitigate noise impacts. Conducting a Part 150 study is voluntary, but once an airport sponsor chooses to participate, it must comply with statutory, regulatory and Airport Improvement Program grant assurances.
The public may review the document and submit comments until February 25, 2022.
FAA Public Comment Period is Open Now
April 1, 2021 - Comment by the April 14, 2021 Deadline
Commenting is quick and easy...
- Open the comment form.
- Copy the Sample Comment below and paste it where the form says ‘Start typing comment here...’.(If you put them in your own words, you can do this also.)
- Where the form says ‘Select a Comment Category’, click on the down arrow at the end of the line and select ‘Public Comment(s)’.
- Skip ‘Attach Files’.
- Enter your email address where the form asks for it and tick the box below or not.
- Choose whether you want to identify yourself by selecting either the ‘An Individual’ box or the ‘Anonymous’ box. If you select ‘An Individual’, you’ll be asked for your name. Your street address and phone number are optional.
- Check there CAPTCHA box, proving you’re not a robot.
- Press the blue ‘Submit Comment’ button at the bottom of the form and you’re done. Easy!
FAA Issues Denver Environmental Assessment
WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Denver Metroplex project.
Before the FAA makes a final decision on the project, the agency will hold a 32-day public comment period. This will allow people to comment on the changes made in the Final EA compared to the Draft EA, and on any of the preliminary determinations under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
The project would use cutting-edge satellite navigation to move air traffic more safely and efficiently through the area. Satellite-based routes would allow for more direct and efficient routing of aircraft into and out of Denver and surrounding airports, enhancing aviation safety and efficiency, and potentially reducing flight delays.
The project also would expand the number of entry and exit points into and out of the Denver airspace, by segregating Denver arrival traffic from satellite airport traffic and creating additional departure routes, similar to creating more on- and off-ramps in the sky. The project includes two major airports, Denver International Airport and Centennial Airport, and three satellite airports – Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Northern Colorado Regional Airport and Greeley-Weld County Airport.
Prior to issuing the Final EA, the FAA held a total of 24 public workshops in 2017 and in the spring of 2019, conducted approximately 78 briefings for community groups, airport officials, and local, state and federal officials. The agency also evaluated and responded to 518 public comments.
The public is invited to submit comments by mail, or via the web comment form available online throughout the comment period.
Electronic copies of the Final EA and supporting materials, including all Section 106 materials, are available at the following locations:
- Online at the Project website.
Electronic versions of the Final EA have been sent to 78 libraries in the General Study Area with a request to make the digital document available to patrons. A complete list of libraries with electronic copies of the Final EA is available online at the Project website.