BY JORDAN GIBBONS
At the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey roundtable discussion at York College on Nov. 20, representatives from the agency announced measures to enhance aircraft noise monitoring around John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.
The Port Authority uses permanent noise monitors to measure the noise produced by departing aircrafts and identify aircrafts that exceed 112 Perceived Noise Level in Decibels.
Portable monitors are placed in communities without monitors and are typically used outside the 65 Day-Night Sound Level contour, which is the area around an airport that the Federal Aviation Administration considers to have significant noise impact.
The Port Authority has seven monitors in Queens to measure PNdB around JFK, located in Springfield Gardens, South Ozone Park, Rosedale, Arverne and Hamilton Beach.
For the LaGuardia area, six monitors are located in Flushing, Jackson Heights, Bayside and Murray Hill.
It plans to install new portable monitors at nine more locations throughout Queens, Long Island and Brooklyn. The areas in Queens scheduled to get new monitors are in Far Rockaway, Broad Channel, College Point, Maspeth and Bayside.
The sites for the portable monitor must have no excessive ambient noise such as highways, busy streets or firehouses. There also must be access to an electrical outlet and a Right of Entry Agreement must be signed with the property owner.
Ed Knoesel, the Port Authority’s manager of aviation environmental programs, said that they want to get a full year of monitoring and optimize the coverage area.
“We’re trying to get the best picture of what the noise factors are around Kennedy and LaGuardia,” he said.
If planes do exceed the 112 decibel level, the carrier of the plane is notified and fined $250, he said.
Knoesel also presented statistics the Port Authority collected for noise complaints in October.
In total, between LaGuardia, JFK, Newark Liberty International Airport and Stewart International Airport, 5,508 complaints were made, with only 74 coming from the latter two airports.
Knoesel pointed out that about 69 percent of complaints were made by 10 individual complainants.
Jackson Heights had the most distinct households to register a complaint with 91, while Bayside had the second highest in Queens with 41.
The Airport Noise Compatibility Planning Study, known as the Part 150, that was contracted in September will consist of two studies, one for JFK and one for LaGuardia.
The studies will develop noise exposure maps, indicating the contours for areas where aircraft noise levels are considered significant. They will also identify noise impacts and land use that exists now and in the future, along with incompatible land uses within contours and work to develop solutions within the FAA’s framework.
The findings of the studies will be available on a website, Knoesel said. He also said that there will be two Technical Advisory Committees, one for each study. The roundtable, which is still being framed, will appoint one member to each TAC.
The date for the next meeting is not scheduled yet, but it will not be until after the start of 2015.
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