Airports face many challenging issues. Among those issues is the effect that aircraft noise can have on the communities surrounding an airport. Over the past several decades, as communities around airports grew and air travel expanded, aircraft noise surfaced as a community concern. Reducing the impact of aircraft noise on the community is a goal of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study
Airport noise compatibility planning focuses on reducing existing non-compatible land uses around airports and preventing the introduction of new non-compatible land uses. As part of this effort, the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport has initiated the process of conducting a Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study Update.
A Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 150 Noise Compatibility 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.
Residential Sound Insulation Program
Since 2001, ANC has sound insulated over 700 units that are impacted by aircraft noise. Participants in the Program experience a reduction in aircraft-generated noise inside their homes by having improvements such as installing acoustically rated windows and doors. These improvements are paid for by the FAA and ANC and there is no direct cost to the property owner.