About Noise Abatement and Related Environmental Issues

Naples Airport Authority and airport staff work continuously to maintain good relations with federal and local agencies, and community groups to ensure that we exhibit a commitment to being a good neighbor.

This includes working with the community to address excessive aircraft noise. A number of noise abatement procedures have been instituted to ensure that Naples Airport and the aviation community remain sensitive to quality of life issues. Naples Airport Authority considers aircraft noise a priority issue and the airport is a noise sensitive airport. Efforts by the authority to reduce the impacts of aircraft noise date back to the first Naples Airport Master Plan in the 1970’s. Since then, the Authority has remained in the forefront of aviation noise issues by instituting a ban on Stage 1 and Stage 2 jets and a voluntary nighttime use restriction. The Authority has also realized the importance of having a full-time airport employee dedicated to working with the community and pilots to address noise issues.

For more information please contact Zachary Burch, Community Engagement/Communications Manager, at (239) 643-0733 or email zburch@flynaples.com.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the airport determine which runway to use?

Wind direction determines which runway will be active. Aircraft will take off and land into the wind for safety purposes. The wind helps to slow the aircraft’s ground speed on approach and landing, making it easier to control and reduces the landing roll distance. On take-off, the wind helps pilots attain flying speed more quickly, which allows pilots to clear obstacles and attain a higher altitude before passing over populated areas.

What is the minimum altitude for airplanes and helicopters?

The minimum altitude for airplanes is 1,000 feet above a populated area unless the aircraft is ascending after take-off or descending on approach to an airport. The exception to this is Mosquito Control spray aircraft, which may operate at a somewhat lower altitude with a special exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration.

How are pilots made aware that Naples is a noise sensitive community?

Signs are posted in the airport pilot briefing room, as well as the entrance to each runway. Additionally, notices are published in aviation reference manuals. Naples Airport also includes noise abatement information on the Automatic Terminal Information Service, a radio broadcast system for all arriving and departing pilots.

Are any of the runways less noise sensitive than others?

Yes. Runway 5 is the northeast departure corridor and is over a commercial/industrial area.

Why do we frequently hear aircraft revving up their engines?

Pilots are required to test the aircraft engines to ensure that the engines and systems are operating safely. This operational test is called an engine run-up, which is required prior to take-off. Routine operational run-ups are normally brief and performed just prior to take-off. Nighttime maintenance engine run-ups are prohibited from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. Pilots are subject to fines if they violate airport regulations.

Why can’t the airport be closed at night or moved to the east?

Naples Airport Authority cannot place operating restrictions that are contrary to the Federal Aviation Administration National Airports System Plan unless the Authority can fully demonstrate several things, including no restriction to interstate commerce. Moving the airport is cost prohibitive. Based on past studies, it would cost nearly $100 million to rebuild all of the facilities now located on the airport. In addition, there are no areas large enough for the airport that are not environmentally sensitive.

Do aircraft contribute to pollution or “soot” sometimes found outdoors?

According to the Air Transport Action Group, the global aviation industry accounts for approximately 2 percent of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. General aviation, including aircraft used for business, represents only 0.20 percent of the 36 giga-tons of global annual CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels and making cement. (Source)

Naples has both a high pollen count and high humidity. When pollen mildews, it turns black and sticky.

In 2012, the City of Naples commissioned a study through a licensed engineering and geology firm with assessment and remediation capabilities to investigate and test the black soot that some Naples residents find outside on their lanais and cars. The study results showed that the material was pollen consistent with that of palm trees and was not petroleum-based. (Source)

In 2018, the NAA commissioned another test from a different firm with a sample from a roof tile on home under a flight path two miles northeast of the airport in the Wyndemere subdivision that showed the same results. (Source)