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History of Aircraft Noise Abatement

The Department of Aviation (DOA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have evaluated aircraft noise in the vicinity of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for more than 25 years. In 1978, the DOA performed a Airport Noise Abatement and Land Use Compatibility (ANALUC) Study. This Study, which was sponsored by the City of Atlanta and surrounding political jurisdictions, was completed in 1980 and set the stage for future airport operational controls and land use compatibility planning. Since that time, the DOA has maintained a comprehensive noise mitigation program that has consisted of both property acquisition and sound insulation for homes and other noise sensitive sites.

By early 2006, approximately 2,720 residences have been acquired at a total cost of $71.5 million. The sound insulation program was initiated in phases. During the first phase, more than 1,700 structures received insulation. The scope of the sound insulation program generally consisted of methods which involve storm doors and windows, sound protective exterior doors, attic insulation, mechanical systems, and electrical revisions. Each eligible structure received an individual noise insulation survey to determine what sound attenuation method was needed. Residents participating in the acoustical treatment programs have been required to also participate in an avigation easement program. Avigation easements allow the Airport to operate aircraft over a particular land area under a long-term agreement with the land owner.

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Aircraft Noise Information Brochure

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