The presence of an airport in a community has a positive impact on the quality of life and the opportunities presented to its residents and businesses. Air transportation facilitates business operating effectively, the movement of people and products around the world, and an expanded reach into the global marketplace. Easy air travel offers individuals the opportunity to expand their horizons and experiences through travel to new and interesting places.
But, aircraft make noise. And since the Ottawa International Airport Authority (OMCIAA) wants to be a good neighbour, it is always looking for ways to reduce noise discomfort, all while keeping a close eye on safety requirements.
What are we doing about noise?
Here are some of the things that OMCIAA and the aviation community are doing to reduce aircraft noise:
- Arrivals and departures are routed to the least disturbing flight paths – without compromising flight safety;
- Radar and navigational aids provide precise control of arrivals and departures;
- Noise levels are monitored using fixed microphone systems located at various points;
- We work with planners at the municipal and provincial levels to coordinate growth around the airport in an effort to minimize disturbance for future residents;
- Aircraft manufacturers are continuing their research in noise control technology. Today’s generation of jet engines deliver more power to carry larger aircraft, with a dramatic decrease in noise; and
- Air carriers are gradually phasing the noisiest of their aircraft out of their fleets or retrofitting them with new, quieter engines.
OMCIAA’s Aircraft Noise Management Program requires that all noise complaints are investigated to determine whether or not noise abatement procedures were followed. Transport Canada is notified of all infractions after which they can pursue further investigation, and issue fines accordingly. Noise incidences have fallen from a high of 210 in 1998 to 81 in 2010, with no violations to published noise abatement procedures.
Airport Operations Influence Zone (AOIZ)
The Ottawa International airport has taken noise abatement one step further. In partnership with the municipal and provincial governments and other community stakeholders, we have created the AOIZ. This line is a composite of the 30 NEF and 30 NEP noise contours, and takes into account visible features such as roads and watercourses. The zone was established to restrict noise-sensitive development such as residential housing, schools, and libraries, all of which are easily disturbed by noise.
We’re listening! Call 613-248-2023 if you have a noise-related issue.