Both New York City airports – LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy – are often an item of contention for Queens residents, and noise has become a big topic of discussion.
At the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo, federal studies sanctioned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be conducted for both LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy and the noise office staff will be increased to six full-time employees.
Known as Part 150 studies, it will study the area surrounding the airport, creating a noise exposure map to see which areas are the most adversely impacted by the noise. The study also looks at the zoning to see what should have been appropriately built where the noise is greatest.
“It assess the impact of aircraft noise around the airport,” Edward Knoesel, senior manager for noise programs for the Aviation Department of the Port Authority, said.
That aspect of the study is known as a noise exposure map, which the Port Authority hopes to have completed for both airports by the third quarter of 2013.
After the creation of the noise exposure map, the study will them develop a plan of action, known as a noise compatibility program.
The goal of the program is to find potential mitigation measures that would reduce levels of aircraft noise exposure that the study deems significant.
It’s not easy task to make a change at an airport according to Knoesel, because tany change could have a potential domino effect.
“We have four airports with very crowded space,” Knoesel said. “Any change is going to have to be looked at closely by the FAA.”
In conjunction with the presentation to the borough board, the Port Authority also held public town hall meetings this week to better educate the community on what can and cannot be done to address aircraft noise concerns.
The expected completion of the noise compatibility program is sometime in 2018.