The FAR Part 150 Noise Study was conducted in two phases. The first phase developed the Noise Exposure Maps (NEM’s) for the Airport representing the existing (2009) noise environment and the future (2014) noise environment. The second phase, the Noise Compatibility Program (NCP) analyzed abatement, mitigation, and administrative alternatives to address the noise concerns expressed by the local residents.

The study, conducted over a four year period, resulted in 39 different alternatives being reviewed: 29 abatement (operational) alternatives, five mitigation (land use) alternatives, and five administrative alternatives. Of the 39 alternatives reviewed, 24 recommendations were included in the plan submitted for consideration by the FAA. 

The FAA after its preliminary review of the plan commended the Airport on its comprehensive analysis of potential operational changes, land use and program management to reduce noise levels over the residential areas surrounding the airport. Furthermore, the agency recommended that the City not submit the plan for formal FAA review due to the decrease in the number of operations. 

A joint meeting of the City Commission and the Airport Advisory Board is scheduled for March 26, 2013 to discuss the FAA’s response. 

Abatement recommendations
  • Request through the Airport’s voluntary noise abatement procedures, that pilots follow limits on days and times for flight training activities
  • Recommend the Airport increases the traffic pattern altitude from 800 Ft. to 1,000 Ft. MSL
  • Recommend, in cooperation with ATC, establishing a rotating runway plan in calm wind conditions for Runways 02, 20, 07, 25
  • Request that all aircraft follow AIM guidelines and turn crosswind no lower than 300 Ft. below traffic pattern altitude
  • Recommend, in cooperation with ATC, the use of left hand traffic patterns for specific runways or all runways during times of low activity
  • Request the continuation of a voluntary limit on the number of touch and go operations by a single aircraft to no more than eight
  • Recommend the Airport develop educational materials for the community regarding the types of operations being conducted
  • Recommend the Airport, through the voluntary noise abatement program, educate pilots on the importance of optimum propeller settings
  • Request that pilots climb out at Vx speed, or closely relative speed, while operating at EVB
  • Recommend that student pilots continue to climb out at Vy speed until they are proficient enough to us Vx
  • Recommend that the Airport, through its voluntary noise abatement procedures, restrict engine maintenance run-ups between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.
  • Recommend the Airport install noise abatement reminder signs at the ends of each runway to create better pilot awareness
  • Request that pilots follow NBAA recommended noise abatement procedures (Jet Powered Aircraft)
  • Request that pilots follow AOPA recommended noise abatement procedures (Piston Powered Aircraft)
  • Recommend that the Airport continues to publish maps that identify noise sensitive areas around the airport
Mitigation Recommendations
  • Recommend the Airport continue to rely on the City of New Smyrna Beach overlay zoning codes for land use compatibility around the airport by providing updated noise contours from FAA-approved NCP and by participating in City meetings related to development of updated overlay zones
  • Recommend that additional overlay be further explored with local government that would provide for notification with the 50 db DNL contour
  • Recommend that Airport staff work with the City of New Smyrna Beach to ensure
  • existing building codes associated with the overlay zones remain in place, and work with the City to facilitate the building codes to broader areas around the airport
Administrative Recommendations
  • Recommend that the Airport Manager manage the implementation of the NCP
  • Recommend that the Airport continues accepting noise complaints via phone, email, and dedicated Airport Comment form
  • Recommend the Airport update their webpage on noise abatement, and be accessed from the main Airport webpage providing the public with a more comprehensive site regarding noise abatement programs at EVB
  • Recommend that the Airport continue with the Noise Abatement Committee to discuss current issues regarding noise abatement programs as well as discuss implementation progress of the recommendations from this Study
  • Recommend the Airport purchases a flight track monitoring system to aid in the research of noise concerns for both airport personnel and citizens
  • Recommend Airport staff continue to routinely examine the operating characteristics of EVB to determine if significant changes have occurred that would require an update to the NEMs