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AIRPORT ACRP SYNTHESIS 9 COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM Effects of Aircraft Noise: Research Update on Selected Topics A Synthesis of Airport Practice

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ACRP OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE* TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD 2008 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE* CHAIR OFFICERS JAMES WILDING Chair: Debra L. Miller, Secretary, Kansas DOT, Topeka Independent Consultant Vice Chair: Adib K. Kanafani, Cahill Professor of Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley VICE CHAIR Executive Director: Robert E. Skinner, Jr., Transportation Research Board JEFF HAMIEL MEMBERS MinneapolisSt. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission J. BARRY BARKER, Executive Director, Transit Authority of River City, Louisville, KY ALLEN D. BIEHLER, Secretary, Pennsylvania DOT, Harrisburg MEMBERS JOHN D. BOWE, President, Americas Region, APL Limited, Oakland, CA LARRY L. BROWN, SR., Executive Director, Mississippi DOT, Jackson JAMES CRITES DEBORAH H. BUTLER, Executive Vice President, Planning, and CIO, Norfolk Southern DallasFt. Worth International Airport Corporation, Norfolk, VA RICHARD DE NEUFVILLE WILLIAM A.V. CLARK, Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles Massachusetts Institute of Technology DAVID S. EKERN, Commissioner, Virginia DOT, Richmond KEVIN C. DOLLIOLE NICHOLAS J. GARBER, Henry L. Kinnier Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, UCG Associates University of Virginia, Charlottesville JOHN K. DUVAL JEFFREY W. HAMIEL, Executive Director, Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, MN Beverly Municipal Airport EDWARD A. (NED) HELME, President, Center for Clean Air Policy, Washington, DC STEVE GROSSMAN WILL KEMPTON, Director, California DOT, Sacramento Oakland International Airport SUSAN MARTINOVICH, Director, Nevada DOT, Carson City TOM JENSEN MICHAEL D. MEYER, Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia National Safe Skies Alliance Institute of Technology, Atlanta CATHERINE M. LANG MICHAEL R. MORRIS, Director of Transportation, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Federal Aviation Administration Arlington GINA MARIE LINDSEY NEIL J. PEDERSEN, Administrator, Maryland State Highway Administration, Baltimore Los Angeles World Airports PETE K. RAHN, Director, Missouri DOT, Jefferson City CAROLYN MOTZ SANDRA ROSENBLOOM, Professor of Planning, University of Arizona, Tucson Hagerstown Regional Airport TRACY L. ROSSER, Vice President, Corporate Traffic, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, AR RICHARD TUCKER ROSA CLAUSELL ROUNTREE, Executive Director, Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority, Huntsville International Airport Atlanta HENRY G. (GERRY) SCHWARTZ, JR., Chairman (retired), Jacobs/Sverdrup Civil, Inc., EX OFFICIO MEMBERS St. Louis, MO SABRINA JOHNSON C. MICHAEL WALTON, Ernest H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, University of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Texas, Austin RICHARD MARCHI LINDA S. WATSON, CEO, LYNXCentral Florida Regional Transportation Authority, Orlando Airports Council International-- STEVE WILLIAMS, Chairman and CEO, Maverick Transportation, Inc., Little Rock, AR North America LAURA McKEE EX OFFICIO MEMBERS Air Transport Association of America THAD ALLEN (Adm., U.S. Coast Guard), Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, DC HENRY OGRODZINSKI JOSEPH H. BOARDMAN, Federal Railroad Administrator, U.S.DOT National Association of State Aviation REBECCA M. BREWSTER, President and COO, American Transportation Research Institute, Officials Smyrna, GA MELISSA SABATINE PAUL R. BRUBAKER, Research and Innovative Technology Administrator, U.S.DOT American Association of Airport GEORGE BUGLIARELLO, Chancellor, Polytechnic University of New York, Brooklyn, and Foreign Executives Secretary, National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC ROBERT E. SKINNER, JR. SEAN T. CONNAUGHTON, Maritime Administrator, U.S.DOT Transportation Research Board LEROY GISHI, Chief, Division of Transportation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC SECRETARY EDWARD R. HAMBERGER, President and CEO, Association of American Railroads, Washington, DC CHRISTOPHER W. JENKS JOHN H. HILL, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator, U.S.DOT Transportation Research Board JOHN C. HORSLEY, Executive Director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DC CARL T. JOHNSON, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administrator, U.S.DOT J. EDWARD JOHNSON, Director, Applied Science Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, John C. Stennis Space Center, MS WILLIAM W. MILLAR, President, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC NICOLE R. NASON, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator, U.S.DOT JAMES RAY, Acting Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, U.S.DOT JAMES S. SIMPSON, Federal Transit Administrator, U.S.DOT ROBERT A. STURGELL, Acting Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S.DOT ROBERT L. VAN ANTWERP (Lt. Gen., U.S. Army), Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC *Membership as of June 2008. *Membership as of May 2008.

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AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM ACRP SYNTHESIS 9 Effects of Aircraft Noise: Research Update on Selected Topics A Synthesis of Airport Practice CONSULTANT VINCENT MESTRE Mestre Greve Associates Laguna Niguel, California S UBJECT A REAS Aviation Research Sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD WASHINGTON, D.C. 2008 www.TRB.org

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AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM ACRP SYNTHESIS 9 Airports are vital national resources. They serve a key role in Project 11-03, Topic S02-01 transportation of people and goods and in regional, national, and ISSN 1935-9187 international commerce. They are where the nation's aviation sys- ISBN 978-0-309-09806-9 tem connects with other modes of transportation and where federal Library of Congress Control Number 2008925355 responsibility for managing and regulating air traffic operations intersects with the role of state and local governments that own and 2008 Transportation Research Board operate most airports. Research is necessary to solve common oper- ating problems, to adapt appropriate new technologies from other industries, and to introduce innovations into the airport industry. 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ACRP COMMITTEE FOR PROJECT 11-03 COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAMS STAFF CHRISTOPHER W. JENKS, Director, Cooperative Research Programs CHAIR CRAWFORD F. JENCKS, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research BURR STEWART Programs Port of Seattle ROBERT E. DAVID, Senior Program Officer EILEEN P. DELANEY, Director of Publications MEMBERS GARY C. CATHEY ACRP SYNTHESIS STAFF California Department of Transportation STEPHEN R. GODWIN, Director for Studies and Special Programs KEVIN C. DOLLIOLE JON M. WILLIAMS, Associate Director, IDEA and Synthesis Studies Unison Consulting, Inc. GAIL STABA, Senior Program Officer BERTA FERNANDEZ DON TIPPMAN, Editor Landrum & Brown CHERYL Y. KEITH, Senior Program Assistant JULIE KENFIELD Jacobs TOPIC PANEL CAROLYN MOTZ DAVID CHAN, Los Angeles World Airports Hagerstown Regional Airport JAMES F. DAVIES, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport/Deer Valley Airport/Goodyear Airport FAA LIAISON CHRISTINE GERENCHER, Transportation Research Board LORI PAGNANELLI DAVID M. JENSEN, Federal Express Corporation SANDRA J. LANCASTER, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport ACINORTH AMERICA LIAISON JOHN WALEWSKI, University of TexasAustin RICHARD MARCHI ROGER L. WAYSON, University of Central Florida FRANK WOODRUFF, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey TRB LIAISON JON M. WOODWARD, L & B, Inc. CHRISTINE GERENCHER VICKI CATLETT, Federal Aviation Administration (Liaison) JESSICA STEINHILBER, Airports Council International North America ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The author wishes to thank Lawrence S. Finegold for his assistance, advice, and access to his library. Much of the material in this synthesis was adapted with permission from materials provided by Lawrence Finegold. Cover photograph provided by Vincent Mestre, Mestre Greve Associates, Laguna Niguel, California

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FOREWORD Airport operators, service providers, and researchers often face problems for which infor- By Gail Staba mation already exists, either in documented form or as undocumented experience and prac- Senior Program Officer tice. This information may be fragmented, scattered, and unevaluated. As a consequence, Transportation full knowledge of what has been learned about a problem may not be brought to bear on its Research Staff solution. Costly research findings may go unused, valuable experience may be overlooked, and due consideration may not be given to recommended practices for solving or alleviat- ing the problem. There is information on nearly every subject of concern to the airport industry. Much of it derives from research or from the work of practitioners faced with problems in their day- to-day work. To provide a systematic means for assembling and evaluating such useful information and to make it available to the entire airport community, the Airport Coopera- tive Research Program authorized the Transportation Research Board to undertake a con- tinuing project. This project, ACRP Project 11-03, "Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices," searches out and synthesizes useful knowledge from all available sources and prepares concise, documented reports on specific topics. Reports from this endeavor constitute an ACRP report series, Synthesis of Airport Practice. This synthesis series reports on current knowledge and practice, in a compact format, without the detailed directions usually found in handbooks or design manuals. Each report in the series provides a compendium of the best knowledge available on those measures found to be the most successful in resolving specific problems. PREFACE This synthesis study is intended to inform airport operators, stakeholders, and policy makers of updated information about aviation noise effects. In the decades since FAA Report No. FAA-EE-85-2 "Aviation Noise Effects" was first published in 1985 much has changed in the understanding of this complex issue. Increased air travel, new and quieter aircraft, increased awareness of land use planning and aviation noise, and mitigation of pre- viously incompatible land uses are just a few of the changes. Knowledge of the effects of aviation noise has also changed. The greatest increases in knowledge have come in the areas of health effects, annoyance, sleep disturbance, and potential effects on children's learning abilities in schools. This document is intended to synthesize research since 1985 to update and compliment the original FAA report, primarily by providing an annotated bibliography and summary of new research in selected topic areas. Although research inquiry has progressed in many areas, there is still much to be learned. The reader is encouraged to review each chapter for additional information and to be directed to source material. Vince Mestre, Mestre Greve Associates, Laguna Niguel, California, collected and syn- thesized the information and wrote the report. The members of the topic panel are acknowl- edged on the preceding page. This synthesis is an immediately useful document that records the practices that were acceptable within the limitations of the knowledge available at the time of its preparation. As progress in research and practice continues, new knowledge will be added to that now at hand.

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CONTENTS 1 SUMMARY 7 CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION AND METHODOLOGY 8 CHAPTER TWO HEALTH EFFECTS OF AVIATION NOISE Cardiovascular Effects, 8 Aviation Noise Effects and Children, 8 Hospitals and Care Facilities, 9 Hearing Impairment, 9 10 CHAPTER THREE ANNOYANCE AND AVIATION NOISE 12 CHAPTER FOUR SLEEP DISTURBANCE AND AVIATION NOISE 14 CHAPTER FIVE SPEECH INTERFERENCE AND AVIATION NOISE 15 CHAPTER SIX EFFECTS OF AVIATION NOISE ON SCHOOLS 16 CHAPTER SEVEN EFFECTS OF AVIATION NOISE ON PARKS, OPEN SPACE, AND WILDERNESS AREAS National Parks and Native American Tribal Lands, 16 Urban Parks, 16 18 CHAPTER EIGHT AVIATION LOW-FREQUENCY NOISE AND VIBRATION 19 CHAPTER NINE AVIATION NOISE EFFECTS ON WILDLIFE AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS 20 CHAPTER TEN AVIATION NOISE EFFECTS ON PROPERTY VALUES 21 CHAPTER ELEVEN EFFECT OF METEOROLOGY ON AVIATION NOISE 22 CHAPTER TWELVE EFFECT OF TOPOGRAPHY AND GROUND ABSORPTION ON AVIATION NOISE 23 CHAPTER THIRTEEN CONCLUSIONS 24 REFERENCES

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26 GLOSSARY 29 KEY WORD INDEX 31 APPENDIX A DISCUSSION OF TOPIC ISSUES