The Broward County Aviation Department (BCAD) has begun a study to evaluate aircraft noise compatibility of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) with the local communities. This study is called a “Part 150 Study” because it will follow the process outlined in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 150 (Airport Noise Compatibility Planning). This includes creating Noise Exposure Maps (NEMs) and a Noise Compatibility Program (NCP). The NEMs show community exposure to certain levels of existing and future airport noise and identify uses that are noncompatible with those levels. The NCP recommends ways to address or reduce those noncompatible uses while preserving aviation safety and airport operational abilities.
BCAD established the Airport Noise Abatement Committee (ANAC) in 1992. This is an ongoing, cooperative public forum where the aviation community and public can meet to discuss aircraft noise impacts in neighborhoods around FLL, and monitor noise-related trends. ANAC also formulates recommendations for the BCAD Aviation Director resulting in increased effectiveness of FLL noise compatibility programs. All interested parties are encouraged to participate in these meetings.
FLL has a full-time Noise Officer on staff. This individual is responsible for:
- Operating and maintaining ANOMS.
- Assisting in the implementation of noise abatement measures.
- Talking with citizens who have questions or concerns regarding aircraft noise.
- Maintaining the latest information related to aircraft noise around FLL.
ANOMS consists of two basic elements: a radar system for the purpose of acquiring flight track information, and 11 permanent noise monitoring stations.
The ANOMS main server collects data from both the PASSUR (Passive Secondary Surveillance Radar) and the noise monitors. The integration of these two systems allows the Noise Officer to gather information on the flight of aircraft and the resultant noise levels in communities surrounding FLL.
We use the radar data acquired from the PASSUR to:
- Communicate a property’s location relative to typical arrival and departure corridors
- Confirm that airplanes are adhering to our Noise Abatement Departure tracks
- Perform operational analyses. An operational analysis can provide information about the numbers, types, and altitudes of airplanes that fly over a specific property during a given time period.
Informal Runway Use Program
The Informal Runway Use Program is an approved runway use program which does not require a letter of understanding, and participation in the program is voluntary for aircraft operators/pilots. The program includes:
- Helicopter arrival and departure procedures
- Preferential runway use
- Operational safety criteria
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Noise Abatement Procedures
The BCAD offers a voluntary program of operational noise abatement measures for all turbojet aircraft operators/pilots (regardless of weight).