Aircraft Noise: FAA Should Improve Efforts to Address Community Concerns, Statement of Heather Krause, Director Physical Infrastructure, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Aviation, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives [open pdf - 603KB]
From the Highlights: "While airports provide access to transportation for millions of people each day, aircraft noise can be disruptive to communities. It can potentially expose residents to a variety of negative effects, such as disrupted sleep and health issues, and spur community objections to airport operations and growth. FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] has a responsibility to balance the growing demand for aviation capacity against the effects of aircraft noise on the environment and communities. It works to address noise concerns by (1) ensuring that aircraft meet federal noise standards, (2) assessing potential noise effects of proposed flight path changes, and (3) conducting community outreach on the potential noise impacts of such changes, among other efforts. This statement describes FAA's efforts to engage with communities on aircraft noise concerns related to PBN implementation, among other issues. It is based largely on GAO's [Government Accountability Office's] 2020 and 2021 work on aviation noise, including GAO-21-103933 [hyperlink]. To update this work, GAO reviewed information from FAA on its efforts to implement GAO's recommendations."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/