Last April Vancouver Airport Authority broke ground on an apron adjacent to YVR’s South Terminal and began constructing Canada’s first Ground Run-Up Enclosure (GRE). On January 10, 2012 we officially opened Canada’s first GRE, a massive three-sided steel facility that will reduce noise from aircraft engine run-ups.
Engine run-ups are mandated by Transport Canada as part of stringent maintenance and safety standards that require operators to test engines and their components before an aircraft is put back into service after maintenance. Because most carriers operate during the day, the maintenance is performed at night which can create noise in nearby neighbourhoods. YVR’s new GRE will cut engine run-up noise heard in the community by up to half, or about 11 decibels.
The enclosure stands as tall as a five-storey building and is the size of the field at B.C. Place. The north and west walls stand 11 metres high and the south wall is 15 metres high to provide additional noise reduction for the closest neighbouring communities. Each wall is constructed of 1,950 six inch sound-absorbing panels supported by an external frame, and are perforated by several louvered vents on each side for aerodynamic purposes.
Noise abatement is not the only benefit of the GRE, operators no longer have to taxi over to the designated run-up area at the far end of the south runway, which will save time, fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And during winter conditions, Airport South operators will have a dedicated de-icing facility for controlled glycol recovery and containment.
Learn more about the Ground Run-Up Enclosure or noise management at YVR by visiting our website.