YVR’s Aeronautical Noise Management Program seeks to minimize disturbance to our neighbours, while recognizing the need for safe, convenient 24-hour airport travel. Through the program, we engage with community representatives on our Aeronautical Noise Management Committee (ANMC) and we work with our industry partners to support international efforts to develop noise mitigation standards. In 2017, we coordinated noise studies on various airport capital projects. We also participated in industry working groups to discuss noise management activities at a national level. We are constantly improving the program and encourage the community to reach us through yvr.ca for more information.
YVR currently uses the Aircraft Noise & Operations Monitoring System to monitor aircraft operations and noise levels at 20 permanent locations throughout Metro Vancouver. The data collected helps us understand the impact of aircraft noise in communities, perform trend analysis, investigate noise concerns and select winners for the annual YVR Fly Quiet Awards.
Our 2017 community survey of Metro Vancouver residents shows that 82 per cent of respondents reported not being annoyed by aircraft noise—down from 86 per cent in 2016. We received 1,293 noise concerns from 253 people in 2017, a 31 per cent decrease from those received in 2016. Four individuals submitted the highest number of concerns, which accounted for 64 per cent of the total number of concerns received. The number of individuals who registered concerns decreased, from 301 in 2016 down to 253 in 2017.
Ground Run-Up Enclosure
2017 marked the sixth full year of operations for our Ground Run-Up Enclosure (GRE), a noise reduction structure that primarily serves business jets and propeller aircraft on the south side of the airport. In 2017, the GRE accommodated approximately 1,280 run-ups, an increase from 2016. We received 73 noise complaints from 30 people regarding run-up noise and 56 per cent of these complaints came from one person.
Fly Quiet Awards
The annual YVR Fly Quiet Awards acknowledge airlines that demonstrate good noise management practices, with winners selected based on having the lowest average measured noise levels and being in good standing with the YVR Noise Abatement Procedures. YVR selects winners based on three aircraft classes: wide body, narrow body and propeller. The winners of the 2017 Fly Quiet Awards are:
- Horizon Air - Propeller
- Jazz - Narrow Body
- Xiamen Airlines - Wide Body