The Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus (QSC) released a response from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conceding to review its metrics based on the agency’s Neighborhood Environmental Survey, a nationwide inquiry about aircraft noise annoyance.
Communities across the country – including neighbors of Trenton-Mercer Airport in New Jersey and Bucks County – have been voicing their issues with aircraft noise for years, reporting interrupted sleep, disruption of business and concerns about its impact on young children.
According to the QSC and aircraft noise control activists across the nation this is a win for residents living near airports. “The FAA’s concession that, at minimum, they are going to review their current aircraft noise metric means that they have finally acknowledged that it may be flawed when used to determine noise policy,” said a Congressional QSC official.
The FAA has agreed with the QSC that more thorough review is required to understand the true efficacy of the DNL metric and the 65 decibel DNL threshold in particular.