Ask 13: As Asheville Airport grows, what noise regulations protect communities nearby?


    "With the constant addition of commercial flights comes the addition of noise for longer periods during the day and night. What regulations, if any, are there to protect communities surrounding a regional airport?" Kelly Sherill wrote Ask 13. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

    It's safe to say Asheville Regional is a growing airport. But are neighbors paying a price for that growth?

    Some people are concerned with the increased noise, and there has been a growth in air service in recent year that's also causing some concern.

    Our question tonight comes from viewer Kelly Sherill, who says she lives behind the airport.

    She writes, "With the constant addition of commercial flights comes the addition of noise for longer periods during the day and night. What regulations, if any, are there to protect communities surrounding a regional airport?"

    We contacted the airport, and its spokesperson tells us 2017 did see about a 15 percent increase in take offs and landings.

    But, she also points out, carriers are moving away from smaller regional jets to larger planes with less frequency. That means that while travel is up, the rate of growth in air traffic is actually slowing.

    As for regulations, the FAA does have requirements that airports work toward compatible land uses in areas impacted by noise.

    The FAA also requires airports to have noise contour maps, which outline areas most affected by noise.

    These maps are used to help guide airport growth.

    She says the state also has property disclosure laws for anyone purchasing a home in the vicinity of an airport.

    Kinsey also points out that while the airport is in a growth period, it's still defined by the FAA as a small airport, and will likely stay that way based on its passenger numbers.

    If you have a question, write us at Ask13@ wlos.com.

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