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Assessing Community Response to Helicopter Noise


Airports located near heliports, and those with helicopter operations occurring on-site often receive noise complaints from the community about these operations in addition to fixed-wing aircraft. Particularly in urban areas, many helicopter operations are associated with law enforcement and / or medical transport. Airports may not have the ability to track all these operations despite receiving noise complaints. Further research to identify the differences between human annoyance and community responses to helicopter noise versus fixed-wing aircraft noise and associated policy impacts would be useful to airports and local planners. ACRP Report 181, Assessing Community Annoyance of Helicopter Noise concluded that additional research is needed to determine community response to helicopter noise versus fixed wing aircraft.


The objective of this research is to conduct additional research on assessing community response to helicopter noise, and ascertain the differences in human annoyance and community response between helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft.

Sponsoring Committee:AV030, Environmental Impacts of Aviation
Date Posted:03/02/2021
Date Modified:03/10/2021
Index Terms:Communities, Aircraft noise, Helicopters, Annoyance,
Cosponsoring Committees: 
Vehicles and Equipment

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