Weiner Bill Means Quiet Aircraft
The House of Representatives has passed legislation authored by Representative Anthony Weiner designed to lead to tough new air noise standards on all U.S. commercial planes. Weiner’s bill is the first step towards forcing aircraft to reduce by 10 decibels the noise they produce during take offs and landings. Weiner is a Member of the House Aviation Subcommittee.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a worldwide authority on aviation technology, regularly promulgates air noise standards. Currently, all U.S. commercial aircraft are required to comply with ICAO’s "stage 3" standard during takeoffs and landings, staying within an 89 to 106 decibel range, depending on weight and number of engines.
Weiner’s legislation is the first step towards imposing the even tougher ICAO "stage 4" standard on all U.S. planes. Under stage 4, the acceptable range of air noise by any commercial aircraft would be reduced by 10 decibels, across the board.
"No one who lives near an airport thinks its going to be like living next to a Kansas wheat field," said Rep. Weiner, "but that doesn’t mean it should be like living next to a bombing range either. We put mufflers on cars, we need to do the same to airplanes. We know the technology exists, now we have to make the airlines use it."
Weiner’s bill requires the Secretary of Transportation to issue final regulations for airlines to implement stage 4. Under the bill, the Secretary’s regulations are due no later than April 1 of 2005.