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Project Experience: Naples Municipal Airport, Florida

The Challenge

Naples Municipal Airport required assistance to address citizen concerns related to noise exposure outside the FAA's 65 decibel Day-Night Average Sound Level (DNL).

The Strategy

HMMH identified a comprehensive, practical, productive, cost-effective approach to define and address citizen concerns in a manner that balanced community and aviation industry interests, including:

  • Part 150 updates for 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2010
  • Noise analyses for a 1996 Master Plan Update
  • Part 161 Study for restriction of Stage 2 general aviation jet operations
  • Noise monitoring and complaint analysis software, a portable noise monitoring field kit, and associated staff training
  • Community outreach and education assistance

The Solution

The series of Part 150 Update studies and the Part 161 study set national precedents in three areas:

  • FAA’s first approval of a new airport noise restriction since passage of the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 and promulgation of Part 161 in 1991; i.e., a 24-hour restriction on non-emergency, non-government Stage 2 g.a. jet operations
  • FAA’s first finding that an airport had successfully complied with Part 161 notice and consultation requirements (for extension of the restriction to include Stage 2 aircraft).
  • Establishment of a comprehensive, non-restrictive noise compatibility program that included a balance of aircraft noise abatement and compatible land use measures that provided Naples with the critical basis for defending the use restriction

HMMH recently completed a Part 150 Noise Exposure Map update for the airport and is providing continuing assistance in two areas: (1) the noise elements of an Environmental Assessment to pave runway safety areas to provide additional takeoff length, and (2) pursuit of formal instrument arrival and departure procedures to maximize adherence to existing informal noise abatement procedures. 

The noise abatement procedures include aRea NAVigation (RNAV) based Standard Instrument Departures (SIDS) and RNAV or Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) based precision approaches that will provide pilots with state-of-the-art lateral and vertical guidance on takeoff or landing.