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[A brief consideration of the usual definition of noise as “unwanted sound” is a convenient starting point. In the context of community exposure to aircraft noise, “unwanted sound” is a rather elliptical definition of noise, because it lacks an acknowledgment that aircraft noise is sound that...
[The following sub-sections describe some of the major legislative and regulatory actions affecting aviation noise in the United States. See Bennett (1982) for discussion of additional case law, and Sabel (2004) for further discussion of early legislation affecting air commerce.]
[Like other forms of transportation noise, aircraft noise annoys people, interferes with their speech, disturbs their sleep, and can interfere with performance of some non-verbal tasks. Aircraft noise does not pose a meaningful risk of hearing damage in residential settings (as it does in some...
[Community exposure to aircraft noise can be both measured and modeled. Modeling (i.e., prediction) of noise exposure is unavoidable in prospective applications, such as disclosure of the impacts of proposed airport infrastructure construction, since noise that has not yet been created cannot be...
[Aircraft noise is such a central concern in airport-vicinity land use planning that in practice, “land use compatibility” is a catch-all term for maintaining a buffer zone around airports in which land uses which pose a risk to the continued operation and expansion of airports are excluded from...
[In the context of aviation noise control, mitigation is the practice of providing noise relief to communities already affected by aviation noise. The general practice has been to focus on acoustic measures to reduce the noise impact, even though both acoustic and non-acoustic factors contribute...
[Community noise issues remain the major impediment to airport capacity enhancements in the United States. This chapter focuses attention on policy issues of the greatest salience in contemporary airport/aircraft noise controversies. Various stakeholders have differing opinions about these...
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