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Airport Noise Programs Overview

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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) offers one of the most comprehensive aircraft noise reduction programs in the nation. SEA’s Noise Programs office works closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the airlines and the local communities to monitor existing noise programs and develop new ways of reducing airport and aircraft noise. The office has two primary focuses:

  • Sound Insulation Programs are designed to help reduce the impact of aircraft noise within the community itself through insulation.
  • Noise Abatement Programs focus on reducing the noise produced by aircraft while on the ground, during takeoffs and landings and during flight.

Part 150 Study

In 1985, SEA was one of the first airports in the country to conduct a Part 150 Study . The last Part 150 study update was completed in 2014. This study is a voluntary planning effort designed to identify significant existing and future noise impacts, as defined by the FAA, and recommend actions to address those impacts.

Additional Noise Programs

  • Flight Tracking and Noise Monitoring The airport’s flight track monitoring system, along with 24 permanent noise monitoring sites help the Port monitor aircraft operations and flight paths, aircraft noise levels, and enables the Port to investigate citizen inquiries and identify trends.
  • The Fly Quiet Program An airline incentive program which encourages airlines and pilots to operate aircraft as quietly as possible by evaluating each airline on its compliance with noise abatement flight paths, overall noise level of its operations and compliance with engine run-up rules.

Residents can request information about SEA's noise programs through the Port’s online Noise Comment Form; or contact the Noise Programs Office by calling (206) 787-5393 or toll-free 1 (800) 826-1147.

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