Saturday, January 24, 2009

Noise Abatement Procedures in Effect

We were parked on the ramp at an airport in NJ and this was the view outside of our door. As you can see, the painting on the asphalt is one yellow line and dashed lines. According to the AIM these are Nonmovement Area Boundary Markings. These markings delineate the movement area, i.e., area under air traffic control. These markings are yellow and located on the boundary between the movement and nonmovement area. The nonmovement area boundary markings consist of two yellow lines (one solid and one dashed) 6 inches (15cm) in width. The solid line is located on the nonmovement area side while the dashed yellow line is located on the movement area side. The nonmovement boundary marking area is shown in FIG 2-3-21.

Non movement just means you don't need clearance from ATC to taxi around - however, if you are planning to taxi to the runway, it's a good idea to call ground before you move. If you are delayed, you might block other traffic from entering the ramp. In the picture above, runway 6 is a 90' left turn and then a 90' right. Not a lot of time to do the Taxi Checklist!
To add to the pressure is the little yellow sign to the left. It says: Noise Abatement Procedures in effect. Aircraft over 2500 lbs turn left to a 40' heading - climb to 1500 feet. This statement about Noise Abatement Procedures in effect will also possibly be repeated on the ATIS, in the NOTAMs, in a poster inside the FBO, on different airport diagrams, etc. (See sidebar for abbreviations.) They don't want pilots to neglect this procedure! More information is given in airport remarks such as ACFT & HELICOPTER NOISE ABATEMENT RULES IN EFF; CTC ARPT NOISE ABATEMENT OFC 201-393-0399/288-1775 FOR COPY OF PROCEDURES & RULES PRIOR TO ARR. RY 24 NOISE CRITICAL RY MAX NOISE LIMIT OF 80 DB BETWEEN 2200-0700 & 90 DB ALL OTR HRS.
In order to help pilot "fly quiet" and to ease ATC duties (just like in a STAR) the Teteboro 5 departure may be assigned by ATC. It tells us to - without awaiting any further instruction- that when taking off runway 6 we should additionally turn left direct to PNJ NDB (a navigational aid). Maintain 2000 feet until crossing the PNJ NDB, then climb and maintain 3000 feet. Thence.... as per notes or via vector to assigned route/fix. Expect clearance to filed altitude/flight level ten minutes after departure. This is an example of the information that a pilot has to become familiar with before operating out of an airport. A pilot also needs to consider that they will be operating in airspace that requires them to operate below 200kts. Don't forget this - or you'll get a "speeding ticket."
So why do have to try to abate their noise levels? Airplanes are loud, right? Just ask anyone who lives underneath the arrival routes for an airport. Heck, you don't even need to live that close. Which always makes me wonder why the newest and biggest houses are right near the airport. 1. Available land, cheap! and 2. It's convenient to the aiport, of course. The industry surrounding noise abatement is a huge one. Just type in a search for noise abatement and you'll get tons of hits. There are companies that insulate old houses from the increasing noise from the bigger aircraft utilizing an airport near them.
But we're talking TEB. If you visit the Teteboro airport website, you'll see that:
Teterboro Airport is designed as a "reliever" airport that serves vital interests and general aviation requirements of the Northern New Jersey and the New York Metropolitan Area. Located in the Bergen County boroughs of Teterboro, Moonachie and Hasbrouck Heights, it is the oldest operating airport in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area, and has been owned and operated by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey since 1949. The property was acquired in 1917 by Walter C. Teter, and the first flight was made in 1919. For more history, click
There is a special section for operations and noise. It includes procedures for people who are bothered about the noise to log a complaint. Even if no one complains, some airports have monitoring equipment to record the noise level. The airport can send you a bill for exceeding their maximum amount! This chart from TEB diagrams the procedures and tracks along the ground that pilots should fly. It also tells you where this Noise Monitor equipment is located. Consider yourself warned...

But TEB still wants to welcome pilots and the airplanes. Which is why they have this lovely little pond here. It's probably covered by snow by now and is probably viewed by a few dozen people every year.
I'm not exactly sure the reason for the plastic deer standing on the edge of this pond.

1 comment:


    I found this while researching runway/taxiway environments. It is about the modifications being made to airport markings to help mitigate runway incursions. I found it to be a very interesting read. :)