The ACRP selected L&B to conduct Report 237: A Primer and Framework for Considering an Airport Noise and Operations Monitoring System (NOMS). This Primer describes a methodology to assist airports and other stakeholders decide whether a NOMS is appropriate for their situation, evaluate the benefits and costs of acquiring and updating such system, and determine the general resources needed to acquire, operate, and maintain the system. In addition to the information gathered through a literature review, the research team contacted NOMS vendors, airports that operated a NOMS, and airports that did not operate a NOMS. Results showed a variety of information including the current and future state of NOMS and how airports address their noise issues by using noise monitoring data, flight tracking data, other off-the-shelf products, and other proprietary solutions.
Our research found the handling of noise issues is unique to each airport’s situation. Airports handle noise issues in various ways based on several factors including local regulations or agreements; available funding and staffing resources; airport planning and public outreach objectives; and the public’s need for information and engagement. Whether an airport should operate a NOMS which includes noise monitors, a flight tracking system, and a noise complaint database largely depends on the type of information airport staff need to provide to other airport staff and the public.