“The overall purpose of a Part 150 Study is to reduce the number of people affected by significant aircraft noise levels”
A 14 CFR Part 150 Study Part 150 Study is a voluntary noise exposure and land use compatibility study prepared by an airport to identify existing noise exposure, identify potential future noise exposure, to evaluate various alternatives, and to make recommendations as to viable noise abatement/mitigation measures. This Study will examine both aircraft operational measures and land use measures which will be developed with input from the National Park Service/Department of the Interior, the community, and stakeholders.
The overall purpose of a Part 150 Study is to reduce the number of people affected by significant aircraft noise levels within acceptable economic, environmental, and legal parameters. The Jackson Hole Airport is unique in that it is the only commercial service airport in the country located within a National Park. Therefore, this Study will also help comply with the requirements of an ongoing agreement with the Department of the Interior to “further reduce noise and other negative environmental impacts associated with the Airport,” and use the latest in noise mitigation technology and procedures. These are best addressed through the completion of a Part 150 Study.
The overall purpose of a Part 150 Study is to reduce the number of people affected by significant aircraft noise levels within acceptable economic, environmental, and legal parameters.
The Jackson Hole Airport is updating their previous Part 150 Study because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that the Airport have current Noise Exposure Maps to receive federal funding for noise mitigation and over the past 13 years there have been changes to aircraft fleet mix, change in aircraft activity levels, and updates to the noise model used for analysis.
The Study identifies and evaluates aircraft noise and land use for both existing and future conditions. The Study contains two primary components: the Noise Exposure Maps (NEMs) and the Noise Compatibility Program (NCP). The other main Part 150 Elements include:
- Study Mobilization
- Inventory of Existing Conditions
- Forecasts of Aviation Activity
- Existing Noise Exposure Contour
- Future Noise Exposure Contour
- Existing and Predicted Future Baseline Noise Intrusions
- Future Noise Compatibility Alternatives
- Future Land Use Alternatives
- Noise Compatibility Program
Unique elements to this Part 150 Study Update include incorporation of specific noise criteria for Grand Teton National Park based on the use agreement with the Department of the Interior, use of supplemental noise metrics, and extensive community involvement.
An important part of the Study is the involvement of the public and other stakeholders. Involved parties include: airport management, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Park Service, aircraft operators, airlines, a Study Input Committee, Airport tenants and users, surrounding neighborhoods, surrounding jurisdictions, the Consultant Team, and other interested parties. The public involvement process will include meetings and open house workshops where the public can review Study related information, ask questions, and provide comments on the Study.