Aerodrome Safety Functional Directive

ASD 2000-002
2000.09.15

Subject

Implementation of new noise abatement procedures and noise control measures.

Purpose

The purpose of this directive is to clarify and provide guidance concerning the development of new noise abatement procedures and noise control measures at airports and aerodromes.

Background

It has been Transport Canada policy, prior to publication of any new noise abatement procedure or noise control measure, to require that the procedure or measure be subjected to the consultation and information gathering requirements outlined in the Noise Abatement Checklist contained in Section 4.1.2 of the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP). Recently, the Checklist has been the focus of controversy and it has been decided to establish a Working Group under the auspices of the Aircraft Noise and Emissions Committee (ANEC) to review the Checklist and the requirements related to it. Click here to view the Terms of Reference of the Working Group.

Interim Procedures

The Working Group has been formed and will review the role and responsibilities of Noise Management Committees in the development of noise control measures, the potential for the implementation of an appeal process, and the content and application of the Noise Abatement Checklist contained in the AIP. The Working Group, a sub-committee of the ANEC, has appropriate industry and stakeholder membership. The ANEC will perform the steering function.

It has been decided that any new noise control proposals slated for the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC) consideration, which are opposed by any of the affected parties, will be stayed pending the completion of the Working Group discussions. However, the Civil Aviation Regulatory Committee (CARC) reserves the right to make the final decisions where required in the public interest.

Regional Aerodrome Safety Staff representing Transport Canada on Airport Noise Management Committees should advise the chairperson of each committee of the foregoing.

Summary

The Noise Abatement checklist contained in the AIP is being reviewed by a multi representational working group under the auspices of the Aircraft Noise and Emissions Committee.

Noise abatement procedures and noise control measures currently under development should proceed and be submitted to Transport Canada in the normal way.

Decisions on whether a submission will be stayed or not will be made by the CARC considering the public interest.

Regional Aerodrome Safety staff representing Transport Canada on airport noise committees are required to inform the committees of the contents of this Directive and to advise that input from the public as well as Noise Committees will be welcome. Public input should be routed through local airport Noise Management Committees (NMC). Regional Transport Canada staff on these committees should then forward this input to Headquarters AARM. In the event that input is offered from a member of the public that has not linkage with an NMC, it can be sent to AARM and its inclusion in the Working Group deliberations will be assured.

Original signed by:
John Maxwell (2000.09.15)
Director, Aerodrome Safety

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