Working cooperatively with the local community, aviation groups and the Minute Man National Historical Park (MMNHP), Massport has developed a noise abatement program for business, commercial, flight school and private aircraft. Pilots are encouraged to adhere to safe and quiet flying techniques and to remain aware of noise issues at the airfield.
Known as "Fly Friendly," the program is aimed at reducing noise levels in and around Hanscom Field by implementing the National Business Aircraft Association's (NBAA) published noise abatement guidelines and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) noise reduction recommendations. Additionally, Massport developed recommended helicopter procedures and recently adopted touch and go procedures that help reduce noise over the MMNHP.
In order to further Hanscom's goal of minimizing aircraft noise over surrounding residential areas and the MMNHP, Massport produces and distributes Jeppesen Manual Inserts, outlining voluntary noise abatement procedures for:
Jet and Turboprop Aircraft;
Piston Fixed Wing Aircraft; and,
Touch and Go Procedures.
Other noise reduction efforts include regulations that prohibit 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. touch and go activity; prohibit touch and go activity by aircraft weighing over 12,500 pounds; and prohibit activity by Stage I Aircraft over 12,500 pounds. These rules also include a fee for 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. operations.
For additional information on Hanscom's Noise Abatement program, please call (781) 869-8000.