December 06, 2019

RMMA to Enact Suggested Noise Abatement Procedures Recommended by Congressman Neguse

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse released the following comments in response to the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA) adopting noise abatement procedures in response to community concerns to lessen the impact of aircraft activity on adjacent neighborhoods. 

In September, Congressman Neguse hosted a listening town hall to hear constituents concerns over the aircraft noise. He also sent a letter to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport to express these concerns and recommend potential procedures to alleviate the issues, including adopting a voluntary curfew, educating flight school operators and pilots about these procedures, and discussing the issues with local community members. The letter is available here.

“After speaking with constituents across the district about the increase in aircraft noise pollution, I’m proud that adjustments are beginning to be implemented to assist with noise abatement around Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “Constituents in Louisville and Superior who have lived in the area for many years have experienced a recent increase in daily flights, especially those that are directly above their homes. I’m glad we were able to champion their concerns and ensure procedures are put in place to help alleviate these issues, and I look forward to continuing to assist these communities as we work to reduce aircraft noise pollution.” 

With community concerns in mind, airport tenants and airport staff worked together to develop voluntary noise abatement procedures that encourage arriving and departing pilots to take measures that may reduce noise without compromising safety. Some of these procedures include climbing as high as possible before departing the airport perimeter, avoiding low approaches, and overflying major road corridors and open space where possible. Another highlight is voluntary evening curfew from the flight schools beginning at 10:00 p.m., unless a pilot must operate after this for training requirements. 

The updated noise abatement procedures will be published to pilots through signs at entrances onto the airfield, quarterly briefings with flight schools and their instructors, semi-annual tenant briefings, and continued publication and distribution of the voluntary noise abatement brochure. 

Congressman Neguse is continuing to work to hear from constituents about additional concerns and to work towards decreasing the impact of aircraft noise.