Managing Aircraft Noise
The Airport Authority aims to minimize noise disturbance to the community caused by aircraft operations. The published Noise Abatement Procedures and five-year Noise Management Plan outline specific initiatives aimed at improving the noise environment around the airport.
The Airport Authority received 903 noise complaints from 224 individuals in 2012; this represents a 15 per cent increase in complaints but a 30 per cent decrease in the number of individual complainants in 2011. An annual survey which asked Metro Vancouver residents if they were bothered by aircraft noise in their homes showed that 85 per cent of residents were not annoyed by aircraft noise.
In 2012, the Airport Authority opened Canada’s first Ground Run-Up Enclosure (GRE). Located at YVR’s Airport South, the GRE reduces noise from run-ups performed by propeller and jet aircraft heard in neighbouring communities by up to 50 per cent. The $12-million facility uses aerodynamic design combined with special sound absorbing panels to reduce and direct noise away from residential areas. The GRE has been well-received by operators, which together conducted more than 1,400 run-ups in the facility since it opened January 25, 2012.