Studying Noise

Studying noise for proactive planning

Periodic noise studies - known as a Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program Study - are voluntarily conducted by the Columbus Regional Airport Authority at John Glenn International and Rickenbacker International airports in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) set forth by the FAA.

  • FAR Part 150 regulations govern the technical aspects of aircraft noise analysis and the public participation process for airports.
  • Part 150 Noise Compatibility studies help us develop balanced and cost-effective plans for reducing current noise impacts and minimizing future impacts on the communities surrounding our airports.
  • Key outcomes of the study include noise exposure maps, analysis of existing noise abatement measures, and recommended noise abatement and land use management strategies.
  • The FAA examines the Study and issues a Record of Approval.

Including and informing the public

A key component of a Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program Study is keeping the public informed with study findings and related airport noise management plans.

Public workshops are scheduled and publicized in local newspapers. These workshops provide an opportunity for open dialogue between interested citizens and airport officials relative to the Part 150 process and study findings.

For more on the most recent, FAA-approved Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program Studies:

Mapping noise exposure

Noise Exposure Maps (NEMs) are the official, FAA-approved noise contours defined for John Glenn International and Rickenbacker International airports, depicting existing and 5-year future conditions.

Created using Part 150 Noise Compatibility methodology, NEMs graphically show where levels of annual average noise around the airport are anticipated.

  • Airport officials use NEMs to create and revise Noise Compatibility Programs (NCPs) which set forth measures intended to mitigate the impacts of significant noise exposure on land uses that are considered by the FAA as incompatible with significant levels of aircraft noise. Examples of incompatible land uses include: housing, hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes, parks, recreation areas, wildlife refuges or historic properties. Other measures in the NCP are identified to restrict the introduction of new incompatible land uses into locations exposed to significant noise levels.
  • An airport with an FAA-approved NCP may be eligible for funding assistance to implement the measures in the airport’s NCP.

View most recent FAA-approved noise exposure maps: