Requested Noise Abatement Practices

The airport is surrounded by noise sensitive areas.  The following noise abatement practices, updated and adopted at the May 4, 2022 Airport Commission meeting, are voluntary - no noise abatement practice shall supersede safety. However, voluntary compliance with the requested noise abatement practices is greatly appreciated.

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 16, 2022

General Requests

  1. Piston aircraft operators are requested to use AOPA "Noise Awareness Steps"
  2. Turbine/Jet aircraft operators are requested to use NBAA "Noise Abatement Program" procedures or comparable procedures of the aircraft manufacturer.
  3. Helicopter operators are requested to use HAI "Recommended Noise Abatement Measures."
  4. Avoid repetitive flight training operations between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. weekdays and 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. weekends and holidays.
  5. Conduct full-stop taxi backs (rather than touch & go’s) before 8 AM Monday to Friday and before 9 AM Saturday and Sunday.
  6. No more than four (4) aircraft conducting repetitive flight training operations in the traffic pattern at any time.
  7. Stop and Go, Midfield and Intersection departures are prohibited.
  8. Runway 32 is the designated calm wind runway.


  1. Maintain pattern altitude until necessary for landing.
  2. Avoid low altitude, high RPM approaches on extended downwind, base and final.
  3. Follow the PAPI to indicate a safe glidepath and allow a smooth, quiet descent to the runway.


  1. Maintain runway heading until 1000 feet AGL prior to turning.
  2. Use Vy (best-rate-of-climb) airspeed until reaching 1000 feet AGL.
  3. Avoid flying over residential areas with the propeller set to low pitch and high RPM.

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