Addison Airport is located in a noise-sensitive area surrounded by residential communities. Residents in the North Texas area will experience overflights and aircraft noise. The airspace over the DFW area is controlled by the Federal Aviation Administration and is very busy with flights into DFW, Love Field, and other general aviation airports. Low clouds may increase noise levels by reflecting it back to the ground. Pilots may be directed to fly around severe weather, taking them outside of normal arrival and departure procedures.
All aircraft departing ADS between 6:00am and 10:00pm daily are operating according to instructions issued by the Addison Air Traffic Control Tower. (Overnight, from 10:00pm to 6:00am, the aircraft are in contact with DFW Approach Control.) Generally, all departures will make a turn out to the east once they have established a positive climb and a safe altitude. Where those aircraft begin to turn will depend on a variety of factors, mainly the aircraft performance characteristics, but also pilot technique and how heavily loaded the aircraft might be.
Safety of flight is the primary consideration in every case; safety always takes precedence over noise abatement considerations.
Neither the Town nor the airport has any jurisdiction or enforcement abilities when it comes to aircraft noise The jurisdiction is federal (FAA); that stems from the “Commerce Clause” in the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3) which gives Congress the power “to regulate commerce … among the several states”. Air traffic is under federal jurisdiction because it is inextricably linked with interstate commerce.
The airport encourages aircraft operators to follow the noise abatement guidance published by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA); see attached documents. The airport has guidance signs at the north and south ends of Taxiway Alpha requesting aircraft operators to use NBAA noise abatement procedures standard on departure.
Addison Airport encourages pilots to:
- Follow the NBAA Standard Departure Procedures.
- Safely operate aircraft in a responsible and courteous manner.
- Seek to learn and follow noise abatement procedures.
- Fly at the highest and safest altitudes, and avoid training activity over congested and residential areas.
- Follow the manufacturer’s noise abatement procedures whenever consistent with safety.
- Demonstrate the commitment to the “Fly Friendly over Addison” and its surrounding communities.
The Airport has a “Noise Concern” form on our website: https://addisontexas.net/airport/addison-airport-noise-concern-form. Noise concerns for aircraft within our air space may be filed on this web page and staff will follow up.
This contour map below was produced as a result of a voluntary Part 150 Noise study. The flight patterns shown depict general flight paths and are not intended to show exact locations of aircraft overhead.
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