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Massport Upgrades Noise Monitoring Technology at Boston Logan and Hanscom Field

Thursday, November 21, 2013

BOSTON – The Massport Board today gave approval for a major enhancement to the noise monitoring system at Boston Logan International Airport and L.G. Hanscom Field. The upgraded system will provide near real-time, web based flight tracking to the public utilizing the latest web technology, including high definition displays; compatibility with multiple browsers, tablets and smart phones; map filtering for arrivals, departures and overflights; replay compatibility;  on-line complaint features and real-time weather displays. 

“This enhanced system is a more sophisticated noise monitoring tool and website that is a critical component of Massport’s commitment to our neighbors and those communities affected by aircraft operations,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “In 2002 Logan Airport was one of the first airports in the nation to provide web based flight tracking to the public and this new version adopts the latest advances in website technology.’’

The Massport noise monitoring system is composed of 36 field monitors, 30 located in the communities around Logan Airport and 6 around Hanscom Field.  The system utilizes a sophisticated database integrating input from the monitors, flight tracks, complaints, and weather.  Exelis Inc., formerly Rannoch Corporation, was selected in 2004 after a competitive bid process to operate and maintain the system for Massport and will implement the new system under a five year $2.8 million contract.

“We appreciate Massport making this investment to keep pace with a technology that allows residents living around Logan Airport the ability to submit on-line complaints and perform research based on actual flight track data,” said Sandra Kunz chair of the Logan Airport Citizens Advisory Committee that represents 36 communities surrounding Logan Airport.

The current system is accessible on and is used by 20,000 people annually.

Boston Logan, 15 minutes from the intersection of Route 128 and I-90 and five minutes from downtown Boston, serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 76 domestic and 35 international destinations and in 2012 handled 29.3 million passengers. Boston Logan is served by two public transit lines and is the Air Line Pilot Association’s Airport of the Year for 2008 because of its commitment to safety. Over the past decade, the airport spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, public transportation access, parking facilities, roadways and airport concessions, and has been transformed into a world-class 21st Century facility.  The airport generates $7 billion in total economic impact each year.

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The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $8 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities. For more information please visit