The Columbus Regional Airport Authority's noise program for Port Columbus, Rickenbacker and Bolton Field airports aims to improve the compatibility between aircraft operations and noise-sensitive land uses, while allowing the airports to continue serving their role in the nation's aviation system.
The City of Columbus and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first implemented an FAA grant program at Port Columbus in 1988 following a noise compatibility study and subsequent reviews. Since the program's inception, the Airport Authority has applied for and received 22 noise grants from the FAA totaling over $32 million. Grant funds were utilized for a variety of projects including installation of an airport noise and flight track monitoring system, property acquisition, construction of noise abatement walls, residential sound insulation, school soundproofing, acquisition of portable noise monitoring equipment and adoption of zoning codes for areas located within the airport noise contours.
A new, state-of-the-art noise and flight track monitoring system was installed in 2006 to replace the initial system. The replacement system is linked with air traffic control radar systems and permanent noise monitoring terminals placed in nearby communities. This, paired with a variety of other noise-reduction efforts, ensures that the airports remain pleasant neighbors. Click here to read the most recent annual report on the noise complaint hotline.
Today there are three elements to our noise program: Noise Abatement, Land Use Management and Program Management.
1. Noise Abatement: Noise Reduction & Residential Sound Insulation
Noise Reduction Efforts at Port Columbus
• Implemented a nighttime curfew for jet operations on the north runway
• Initiated a nighttime engine maintenance run-up policy
• Installed taxiway signs to warn pilots of noise-sensitive areas
• Installed noise abatement walls at three locations on the airport to reduce noise generated by nighttime engine maintenance run-ups
• Residential and school sound insulation projects
Noise Reduction Efforts at Rickenbacker
• Developed departure procedures to minimize overflights of residential areas
• Implemented arrival procedures during nighttime hours to minimize overflights of residential areas
Residential Sound Insulation Program at Port Columbus
• The Airport Authority makes the initial contact with residents living within the 65 DNL (Day/Night average sound level) noise contour, which is a qualifying factor for eligibility to receive sound insulation treatments. Here is the current modeled noise contour map which shows the predicted noise levels after the relocated runway opened in 2013. CRAA will begin updating the current noise contour map in late 2017.
• Through Phase XI, which was completed in May 2012, CRAA has sound insulated 770 homes.
• Treatments include one or several of the following: acoustic windows, attic insulation, new primary and storm doors, patio doors, central air conditioning and furnaces and electrical upgrades.
• Participants in this voluntary program are required to sign a Homeowner Agreement as well as an Avigation Easement.
2. Land Use Management
Land use management involves developing measures to both diminish the noise impact on existing land uses and promote compatible development in undeveloped areas in the airport's vicinity.
3. Program Management
Program management involves the detailed procedural and document management associated with the implementation of noise and land use measures, thus making program management responsible for monitoring and updating all aspects of the Noise Compatibility Program.