Voluntary Noise Abatement Procedures

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The staff at Treasure Coast International Airport work continuously to maintain good relations with federal and local agencies, and community groups to insure that we exhibit a commitment to being a good neighbor.

This work includes addressing community concerns about aircraft noise. A number of steps have been taken to ensure Treasure Coast International Airport and the Aviation community remain sensitive to quality of life issues. More than $8 million has been invested by the Airport and the Florida Department of Transportation since 2009. These projects include the construction of a north training runway and a taxiway connector to limit how often training aircraft overfly noise sensitive communities and the addition of signage to runway entrances outlining voluntary noise abatement procedures. A project for Fiscal Year 2018 also includes a noise and operations monitoring system.

For more Information please contact Airport Manager ohn Wiatrak at 772-462-1731 or email: wiatrakj@stlucieco.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How is runway use determined?

Answer: Airspeed over the wing determines when an aircraft can takeoff. Each aircraft has a certain airspeed at which enough lift is created by the wing for it to become airborne. Aircraft takeoff and land into the wind as closely as possible in order to reduce their ground roll and thereby increase safety.

Question: What is the minimum altitude for airplanes and helicopters?

Answer: Airplanes are required to fly 1,000 feet above densely populated areas unless the aircraft is ascending after take-off or descending on approach to the airport. Special exemptions are granted to mosquito control aircraft that allow them to fly lower.

Question: How are pilots made aware that Fort Pierce is a noise sensitive community?

Answer: Signs are posted at the entrance to runways, and notices are published in aviation reference manuals.

Question: Why do aircraft rev there engines?

Answer: Pilots are required to test their engines prior to takeoff to ensure engine related systems are operating safely across a range of RPM’s. These tests are normally briefly performed just prior to takeoff.

Question: Why can’t the airport be closed or moved?

Answer: Treasure Coast International Airport can not place operating restrictions that are contrary to the Federal Aviation Administration National Airports System Plan unless the airport sponsor can demonstrate several things, including no restriction to interstate commerce. Moving the Airport would be cost prohibitive. It would cost more than $100 million to move the airport and rebuild the facilities. Additionally, closing the airport, even temporarily, would cause the loss of more than 1,000 jobs and reduce the airports $158 million positive economic impact to $0.