California Department of Transportation

Physical Address:
Department of Transportation
Division of Aeronautics
1120 N Street, Room 3300
Sacramento, CA 95814

Mailing Address:
Department of Transportation
Division of Aeronautics,
MS 40 P. O. Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001

Shipping Address:
1415 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

General Information:
Fax - 916.653.9531



Aircraft Generated Noise

Aircraft generated noise is one of the most basic airport land use compatibility concerns and can be perceived to be the most significant of the adverse impacts associated with an airport. Aircraft noise, usually the most geographically extensive form of an airport impact, is dependent on a number of attributes, including the aircraft type, timing, and frequency of flights. Addressing aircraft noise and its cumulative impacts requires continual corroboration and coordination among pilots, airport operators, Federal Aviation Administration, Division of Aeronautics, Airport Land Use Commissions, local governments, and other constituents.

Many people can be sensitive to aircraft noise even if it is barely audible above the quiet, ambient noise level. The basic strategy for achieving noise compatibility within an airport’s vicinity is to limit development of land uses that are particularly sensitive to noise. The most acceptable land uses for areas exposed to significant levels of aircraft noise are ones that either involve few people or generate significant noise levels themselves (such as industrial uses).

Last Updated: December 20, 2013