Managing Aircraft Noise
The Airport Authority aims to minimize noise disturbance to the community caused by aircraft operations. The Airport Authority has a comprehensive five-year Noise Management Plan (2009-2013), which identifies 16 initiatives aimed at minimizing the impact of noise on our neighbours while recognizing the need for continued airport operations.
The Airport Authority received 1,297 noise complaints from 279 individuals in 2013; this represents a 44 per cent increase in complaints and a 25 per cent increase in the number of individual complainants over 2012. An annual community survey which asks Metro Vancouver residents if they are bothered by aircraft noise in their homes showed that 88 per cent of residents surveyed were not annoyed by aircraft noise in 2013. This is consistent with survey results from previous years.
2013 marked the second full year of operations of the Airport Authority’s Ground Run-Up Enclosure (GRE). Located at YVR’s Airport South, the GRE reduces noise from run-ups performed by propeller and jet aircraft. The first such facility in Canada, the $12 million GRE uses aerodynamic design combined with special sound absorbing panels to reduce and direct noise away from residential areas. Since it opened in January 2012, operators have conducted more than 1,400 run-ups in the facility, and noise heard in neighbouring communities has been reduced by up to 50 per cent.