Aviation Noise Roles and Responsibilities
Scottsdale Airport is one element of a national air transportation system and plays a vital link in the regional general aviation system and strives to be a leader in noise abatement efforts. Many different organizations share the responsibility for elements of a noise abatement program and airport operators are just one of these responsible parties. The various participants in the aircraft noise abatement issues and their roles are as follows:
The Federal Government
The national air transportation exists today primarily through Federal legislation and every facet is governed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. The FAA exercises control of aircraft noise through noise emission standards, air traffic control, pilot and flight regulations and noise compatibility studies. More information is available on the FAA website.
State of Arizona
State regulation of aircraft in flight is preempted by federal law, however, state regulations do affect disclosure of aircraft flight paths and noise. Arizona Revised Statute 28-8486 Public Airport Disclosure requires the recording of public airport disclosure maps. The maps provide information to prospective homebuyers as well as current homeowners. Additionally, the Arizona Department of Transportation regulates other aspects of aviation, but not aircraft in flight.
The city of Scottsdale is responsible for promoting noise abatement procedures and ensuring compatible land development through zoning and stipulations within the Airport Influence Area. Airports have no authority to govern aircraft operators while in the air, but are the local point of contact for noise complaints.
Aircraft & Engine Manufacturers
Aircraft manufacturers are charged with building aircraft that are safe and comply with Federal noise regulations. Newer engines are quieter and more efficient, and significant debate exists about the issue of requiring retrofitting of older jet aircraft with new, quieter engines.
Aircraft operators are responsible for operating their aircraft safely, while in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations governing flight and Air Traffic Control instructions. The national and local pilot associations actively encourage their members to exercise noise abatement procedures whenever possible.
Current and prospective residents in areas surrounding or near airports should seek to understand the aircraft noise and steps that can be taken to minimize its effects. Prospective home buyers should research the location of airports, flight paths and determine if aircraft noise affects their quality of life. The city of Scottsdale works with developers, residents and realtors regarding noise disclosure to ensure homebuyers are informed about aircraft noise and flight paths and can make an informed decision before purchasing a home.