Powered Parachute Flying Handbook

Chapter 7 — Takeoffs and Departure Climbs

Noise Abatement

Aircraft noise problems have become a major concern at many airports throughout the country. Many local communities have pressured airports into developing specific procedures that will help limit aircraft noise while operating over nearby areas. For years now, the FAA, airport managers, aircraft operators, pilots, and special interest groups have been working together to minimize aircraft noise for nearby sensitive areas. As a result, noise abatement procedures have been developed for many of these airports that include standardized profiles and procedures to achieve these lower noise goals.

Standard noise abatement procedures don’t necessarily apply to powered parachutes, but similar issues exist. Powered parachutes fly at lower altitudes, fly tighter patterns, and tend to fly early in the morning and late in the evening when the winds are lightest. Powered parachute pilots should actively work with airport management to determine takeoff areas, patterns, and procedures that emphasize both safety and good neighborhood relations.

Specific noise abatement flight procedures are found in the A/FD where runway surface, slope and elevation can be found for flight planning.

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