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What to do about aircraft noise at Charlotte Douglas International
Citizens group advocates for quieter environment
Published Sunday, October 6, 2019 1:17 pm
by Priscilla Johnson

The Airport Community Roundtable advocates for a quieter Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Is your neighborhood and life style being drowned out by aircraft noise?

Did you know that over 250,000 people in parts of our city are putting up with decibel (db) levels over 70 db’s from aircraft noise and can’t hear their own conversations on their property as aircraft from Charlotte Douglas are buzzing over their homes during takeoff and landing?

If this is you, then you need to know that there is a citizen group, the Airport Community Roundtable, on your side and working to help reduce noise and make life a little quieter for you.

What is the Airport Community Roundtable?
The Airport Community Roundtable was formed in 2017 at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration and is a group of 25 citizens that meets monthly. The ACR represents districts in Mecklenburg, Lancaster, Lincoln, York County and York Central County. The ACR works with airport officials, local FAA representatives and Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc., a special noise consultant group contracted in 2018 to serve as technical consultant to the ACR.

With what is the ACR tasked    
The charter of the ACR is to find practical recommendations for reducing unwanted aircraft noise for the Charlotte Metro Region, including surrounding counties. Currently, the ACR is working through a list of eight items related to flight pattern changes and noise abatement. One specific item is to implement a Continuous Descent Approach, which may significantly reduce noise from arriving aircraft. The eight recommendations being worked on will be presented to FAA in January 2020.

The FAA has worked with other airports on similar initiatives producing a variety of outcomes to include flight routing modifications and alternative runway schedule use, resulting in noise reduction.

For more information about ACR, including the work by HMMH and the Aviation Department go online to http://www.cltairport.com/community/noise/airport-communityroundtable.

What can you do to help?
Aircraft traffic noise may affect areas up to 30 miles away from runways. If your area of the community is affected by aircraft noise we encourage you to submit a complaint. All complaints are useful and additional information such as altitude, flight numbers and sound level can strengthen your complaint. This information can be obtained by downloading and using apps on your smart phone. Complaints must be submitted online at http://www.planenoise.com/cltairportnoise/.

Meetings are open to the public and begin at 6 p.m. Please come and get involved. If you wish to speak at a meeting you must make a request prior to the meeting. Upcoming meetings will be Oct. 16 and Nov. 20 at Charlotte Douglas International Center, 5601 Wilkinson Blvd., located across from Business Valet off Harlee Road.

Two dates are scheduled for Environmental Assessments community meetings, (separate from ACR meetings):

Oct. 21 from 6-8 p.m., Embassy Suites (main entrance), 4800 S. Tryon St.

Oct. 24 from 6-8 p.m., Harris Conference Center at Central Piedmont Community College, 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive

Priscilla Johnson is the Airport Community Roundtable representative.


My name is Damany Lewis with WSOC.I am looking for someone to with the ACR to talk about your upcoming meeting and concerns regarding airport construction noise. Please call me at 704-618-1899
Posted on October 15, 2019
Hello, I am being affected by airport noise. I hope to come to one of these meetings. Is there anything else I can do? thanks!
Posted on October 7, 2019

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