Noise Abatement Rules & Procedures

Noise Abatement Procedures

Prohibited Procedures:

  • Intersection takeoffs, stop-and-go, formation, simulated single engine departures or go-arounds prohibited.
  • Touch-and-go operations prohibited between 9:30 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Engine maintenance runups prohibited between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., except in emergencies.
  • Runway weight restriction is 75,000 lbs. maximum certificated takeoff weight.  Aircraft Operations between 75,000 lbs. and 100,000 lbs. must secure P.P.R., call Airport Operations at 480-312-8478 for more information.

Preferred Procedures:

Compliance with recommended noise abatement procedures are at the pilot's discretion.SAFETY ALWAYS COMES FIRST.

  • Voluntary Curfew - 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.
  • Runway 3 is the designated calm wind runway, and preferred noise abatement runway.
  • When departing Runway 21 make right turn to 300 degrees as soon as possible, or make a climbing full 270 degree right turn before heading east or southbound.
  • Aircraft not meeting Part 36 Stage III requirements are requested to use Runway 3 for departure and Runway 21 for arrivals, weather and traffic permitting.
  • Climb as high as possible before leaving airport boundaries.
  • Please fly high and tight patterns.
  • Follow the PAPI (4 degrees).
  • Descents below 2500 MSL during practice approaches are discouraged.
  • Left hand traffic pattern on Runway 3, right hand traffic pattern on Runway 21.
  • On Runway 21, aircraft are requested to make short final approaches avoiding direct overflight of residential areas.
  • Jets are requested to use N.B.A.A. Standard Noise Abatement Departure procedures or comparable procedure of aircraft manufacturer.
  • Propeller aircraft are requested to use A.O.P.A. "Noise Awareness Steps."

More Information on FAA approved noise abatement procedures may be found at:

A.O.P.A. Noise Awareness Steps

  • 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 PAPI. This will indicate a safe glide path and allow a smooth, quiet descent to the runway. (4 degrees at Scottsdale Airport)
  • Retract the landing gear either as soon as a 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 obstacles. 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 propeller governor.
  • Avoid low-level, high-powered approaches, which not only create high noise impacts, but also limit options in the event of engine failure.
  • Flying between 10 p.m. and 6 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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15000 N. Airport Drive, suite 100             
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 
P: 480-312-2321             
F: 480-312-8480

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