Cutting Through All the Noise
How the FAA is Working to Reduce the Impact of Aircraft Noise
Growing up in a neighborhood just over a mile north of JFK Airport’s Runway 22R/L, I know a thing or two about aircraft noise. We’re talking about the mid-1970s too, when 707s, 727s, and DC-9s freely roamed the skies well before the quieter Stage 3 noise requirements were in place. Ah yes, then there was the Concorde. It felt like time stopped for a minute or so as the sleek supersonic airliner passed a mere few hundred feet above my garage on approach. The vibrations from its engines rattled dishes in my mother’s cupboard and good luck if you were at a pivotal point in any TV show. Of course, as a wide-eyed aviation buff, I relished the extra loud engine noise and would always bolt to the backyard to watch the Concorde’s iconic “droop-snoot” in action. However, I’m fairly sure my neighbors did not share my same enthusiasm for these routine aerial encounters. I can’t say that I blame them.