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Frequently Asked Questions

The National Airspace System is very complex. Moving one flight track often effects many others. The FAA has a policy of not shifting noise from one community to another without the participation of all the affected communities. The SCSC Roundtable provides a forum in which these types of flight track changes can be discussed and shared with the FAA.

Due to federal and international noise standards, newly manufactured aircraft must meet increasingly stringent noise limits, which for large air carrier aircraft are currently Stage 5 in the United States and Chapter 14 internationally. Therefore, the aircraft fleet as a whole is becoming quieter. However, the regulations permit larger aircraft that carry more passengers to generate higher noise levels than their smaller counterparts.

Airlines have been “upgauging” their aircraft to carry more passengers on a single flight. Upgauging involves replacing a smaller aircraft with a larger aircraft of the small type. Twin-engine widebody aircraft (e.g., B-787 B-777, and A-350) have been increasing in airline fleets as their larger, less fuel efficient counterparts (e.g., A-380 and B-747) are replaced.

You are welcome to attend the SCSC Roundtable meetings and signup to provide comments during the public comment period. You can also send the Roundtable an email at scscroundtable@gmail.com.

Meeting locations and start times will vary based on meeting room and member availability. So, please click on the link to see the upcoming meeting locations and dates.

A list of the Roundtable members and the jurisdiction they represent can be accessed by clinking on this link.

Roundtable Membership

 

The Roundtable represents a broad geographic area with differing viewpoints on solutions to aircraft noise concerns. The Roundtable will receive input from a broad range of viewpoints including the FAA, airport operators, aircraft operators, and concerned residents and then will strive to make decisions that provide the greatest benefits in terms minimizing aircraft noise without compromising safety and efficiency.

The aircraft operators (airlines, air cargo operators, commuters, and general aviation) determine how many flights are needed, which aircraft will be used, and when flights are scheduled. For commercial passenger service, airlines schedule flights and aircraft to meet passenger demand for air service.

Restrictions that were in place prior to November 1, 1990 were grandfathered under ANCA. Only one airport, Naples Airport in Florida, has been successful in enacting a post-ANCA restriction. Many other airports have tried to enact restrictions, some spending millions of dollars, but all have failed.

In 1990, Congress passed the Airport Noise and Capacity Act (ANCA), which severely limits an airport proprietor’s ability to enact restrictions on aircraft operations including nighttime curfews.

Congress gave the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the sole authority over the safe and efficient use of the National Airspace System in the United States.

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