b'ENVIRONMENTALMSP 89National Business Aviation Association putLast April, MSP announced it isthe Metropolitan Airports Commission it in the groups noise abatement programextending the noise mitigation program inestablished the phase of the program that manual for airports.a new phase to run from 2025 to 2032.began in 2007. Many airports, especially those inApprovals for the extension came from metropolitan areas such as Minneapolis,three local cities, the Minnesota HousingDeciphering Decibels Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston and Miami,Authority, and a county court and theThe complex process to create and patent have had comprehensive noise abatementFAA. The entities original agreement withadvanced noise measurement technology programs for years. Often, politicians get involved. Last year, for instance, lawmakers announced $4 million in federal funding to provide noise mitigation measures for 220 residences near Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.Multi-Pronged ApproachMSPs noise program, established in the 1960s, has evolved into a set of various mitigation and abatement initiatives. Key elements include regular meetings of a noise oversight advisory board with community and industry stakeholders; organizing and prioritizing runway use to move aircraft activity over less-populated areas; and regularly monitoring noise and operations. Since 1992, MSPs noise mitigation program has invested more than $510 million to acoustically retrofit about 15,000 single-family houses, 3,300 apartments and 19 schools near the airport. The program uses FAA Aviation Environmental Design Tool to develop annual noise contours. Residential sound insulation improvements typically include new windows, doors and insulation for walls and roofs. AirportImprovement.comSeptember 2023'