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Community Outreach 63 Source: Presentation by Russell Buck, Boca Raton Airport Authority, 2008 US Davis, Symposium on Aviation Noise & Air Quality. Figure 6-1. Example aircraft noise levels at Boca Raton Airport. this program, average noise levels have been compiled to use as an educational tool. Figure 6-1 (a page from a presentation made by the Authority) shows that the Eclipse VLJ has a smaller noise footprint than a King Air 350, a common turboprop, both in terms of the highest noise level (Lmax) and cumulative acoustical energy (SEL). 6.7 Summary Community outreach should be an ongoing and proactive effort by the airport operator. The spread of new generation GA aircraft provides an opportunity to share good news about general aviation with the community. Depending on the airport, it may also provide the opportunity to discuss the ability to improve or enhance the services provided by the airport for the community. A community outreach program should focus on developing an understanding of the airport and its value within the community at large, before support is needed. This chapter has provided basic guidance on the potential audience, message, medium, and timeframe. Given that each airport and community is unique, the airport operator is the most knowledgeable to take the information from this chapter, assess the current community outreach program, and develop and implement a new program or improve and enhance an existing program to address the challenges and opportunities presented by new generation GA aircraft. 6.8 Helpful References and Resources APTA, Public Transportation: Wherever Life Takes You, This site is designed to better inform the public about the benefits and importance of public transportation. Under the Transit Systems tab, there is a link to transit systems to airports. Airport Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Airport Support Network, AOPA represents the interests of individual aircraft owners and pilots. The Airport Support Network is a program

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64 Airports and the Newest Generation of General Aviation Aircraft made up of AOPA members who volunteer as a representative at each airport to promote, protect, and defend community airports. AOPA Online, Guide to Obtaining Community Support for Your Local Airport airportpr/. This guide provides suggestions for developing a public relations program for an airport. FAA Advisory Circular 150/5020-1, Noise Control and Compatibility Planning for Airports, Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgAdvisoryCircular.nsf/0/f4fae43a49d9f2fe86256c720077ad35/$FILE/ 150-5020-1.pdf. This advisory circular provides guidance for noise control and compatibility planning for airports under FAR Part 150 and the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act of 1979 (ASNA). FAA Advisory Circular 150/5050-4, Citizen Participation in Airport Planning, Guidance_Library/rgAdvisoryCircular.nsf/0/8290f2506b1ab49086256c690074e645/$FILE/150-5050-4.pdf. This advisory circular provides guidance for citizen involvement in airport planning. It is intended as a guide for airport sponsors, planners, and interested citizens in achieving citizen participation in airport planning studies. FAA, Community Involvement, media/VI.A.pdf. This manual is designed to provide practical guidelines for involving the community in various aviation planning situations.