Aircraft Noise as a Continuing National Problem 720622

The history of the aircraft noise problem is presented using many references to particularly important studies. Emphasis is placed upon the similarity of expert opinions during twenty years of research for measures needed to resolve the problem. While objectivity is sought -- the common denominator of the aircraft noise issue is controversy -- the author is representing the views of noise impacted airport community residents who cannot comprehend the lack of progress in aircraft noise abatement. This lack of progress has persisted in spite of general agreement on measures needed and is the basis of a call for the reallocation of authority among federal agencies having responsibility both for the regulation of aviation and for the planning and development of urban areas -- including airports -- with environmental protection as basic criterion.


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