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Noise Abatement

Tips from the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association to help pilots reduce noise over residential areas

  • If practical, avoid noise-sensitive areas.  Make every effort to fly at or above 2,000 feet over such areas when overflight cannot be avoided.
     
  • Consider using a reduced power setting if flight must be low because of cloud cover or overlying controlled airspace or when approaching the airport of destination.  Propellers generate more noise than engines; flying with the lowest practical RPM setting will reduce aircraft noise substantially.
     
  • Perform stalls, spins, and other practice maneuvers over uninhabited terrain.
     
  • Familiarize yourself and comply with airport noise abatement procedures.
     
  • On takeoff, gain altitude as quickly as possible without compromising safety.  Begin takeoffs at the start of a runway, not at an intersection.
     
  • Use Precision Path Approach Path Indicator (PAPI).  This will indicate a safe glide path and a low a smooth, quiet descent to the runway.
     
  • Retract the landing gear either as soon as landing straight ahead on the runway can no longer be accomplished or as soon as the aircraft achieves a positive rate of climb.  If practical, maintain best-angle-of-climb airspeed until reaching 50 feet or an altitude that provides clearance from terrain or obstacle.  Then accelerate to best-rate-of-climb airspeed.  If consistent with safety, make the first power reduction at 500 feet.
     
  • Fly a tight landing pattern to keep noise as close to the airport as possible.  Practice descent to the runway at low power settings and with as few power changes as possible.
     
  • If possible, do not adjust the propeller control for flat pitch on the downwind leg; instead, wait until short final.  This practice not only provides a quieter approach, but also reduces stress on the engine and the propeller governor.
      
  • Avoid low-level, high-power approaches, which not only create high noise impacts, but also limit options in the event of engine failure.
     
  • Flying between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. should be avoided whenever possible.

Note: These are general recommendations; some may not be advisable for every aircraft in every situation. No noise reduction procedure should be allowed to compromise flight safety.
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