Types of Airport Environmental Monitoring – NoiseDesk

There are rules for flying into an airport. And, there are rules for flying out. NoiseDesk helps you catch the rule breakers.

The simple-to-use system automatically monitors a variety of airport operational parameters to eliminate the need for specialized monitoring expertise. It’s simple web interface makes it easy for airport staff to manage a comprehensive noise, track, compliance and complaint monitoring program.

Noise Monitoring

It’s easy to accurately measure the decibel levels of noise events caused by aircraft. You can simply set a decibel threshold representing a level considered too loud. A flat exceedance level could apply to all aircraft, at all times.

However, if you need to go beyond this one-size fits-all exceedance level, a more comprehensive approach is required.  With NoiseDesk working for you, monitoring still remains simple. The system automatically monitors:

  • Sound level ranges (for each metric – Lmax, LAeq and SEL);
  • Noise limits at noise monitoring terminal locations (different levels applied to different monitor locations)
  • Noise investigations
  • Different thresholds by time of day
  • Thresholds by aircraft category
  • Event audio monitoring (collect the audio of the event to playback and verify).
  • Weather parameters (for high wind)
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Monitoring flight tracks with NoisiDesk

Flight Track Monitoring

NoiseDesk makes it easy for you to monitor your airport’s operational procedures. Heighten understanding of your procedural performance, to improve noise abatement policies and plans. The system monitors for:

  • Limited track display (see trends, turns, and off-track operations)
  • Track density (hotspots generated over weeks and months of operations)
  • Point of closest approach (how close to a community complaint/inquiry)
  • Gate Violation (capture any operations penetrating a virtual window in the local airspace)
  • Type of aircraft
  • Flight type (landing, departure or transit)
  • Runway used
  • Airline information

Compliance Monitoring

Noise level compliance

Set noise limits for each noise monitoring terminal for particular times of day or days of the week. When a noise level exceeds the threshold specified, the correlating flight can be designated non-compliant.

Route/corridor compliance

Assign all arriving and departing flights a route. Check that each has kept within its corridor. Flights not complying can be marked with a violation. Identify noise preferential routes or work with pilots to reduce overflights of noise sensitive areas.

No-Fly Zone compliance

Define a volume of space in which aircraft may not operate (such as restricted areas, sensitive communities, hospitals or parks. Provide a floor and ceiling altitude. Any aircraft penetrating this space will be marked non-complaint.

Curfew compliance

Check runway curfew periods (such as restricting night departures) for arrivals and departures. Any operation violating the curfew will be given a curfew non-compliance.

Continuous descent approach compliance

Measure whether an arriving operation has maintained procedures designed to limit segments of level flight that can disturb locals. Detect aircraft not complying and work with airlines to improve performance.

Monitoring airport noise compliance with NosiDesk
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Complaint Monitoring

Automatically monitoring complaint information helps reduce staff workload. It also conveniently provides you with information needed to respond to complaints and inquiries.

  • Registering complaints/inquiries
  • Investigating complaints
  • Automatic correlation of flight causing a complaint
  • Automatic complaint response letters
  • Complaint type or mix of types
  • Complaint handling

Reporting from Monitored Data

NoiseDesk tallies and provides outputs from its recorded data. This enables a variety of weekly, monthly and quarterly reports with a variety of summary graphs for easy visual understanding.

Demonstrate your competence in managing your airport’s environment. Know how much noise you’re contributing. Easily report your environmental and procedural compliance. And, transparently share data to build community trust to maintain and sustainably grow operations.

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