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Fly Friendly Procedures

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Fly Friendly Procedures

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Noise Awareness Steps

Fly Friendly Procedures

Unless otherwise directed by the Tower, please comply with the following:

  1. Runway 30 is designated as the “calm wind” runway.
  2. Use best rate of climb, consistent with safety.
  3. Runway 12C/30C or 12L/30R for jet aircraft pattern work (1700’ AGL) is preferred. When using Runway 30C or 30R, start right crosswind turns as soon as practical to avoid residential areas North of the Airport (complete turns within 3.5 DME).
  4. On departure from 30L, left turn after end of runway to minimize low over flights of the Gateway Campus.
  5. Military aircraft terminate afterburner use when safe to do so.
  6. Jets are requested to use NBAA Standard Noise Abatement Departure or comparable aircraft manufacturer procedures.
  7. Propeller aircraft are requested to use AOPA Noise Awareness Steps.
  8. Helicopter traffic: please avoid low over flights of the Gateway Campus. Use a Northwest or Southwest arrival-departure corridor.
  9. Compliance with the Fly Friendly procedures are at the pilot’s discretion.


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Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Noise Awareness Steps

If practical, avoid noise-sensitive areas. Make every effort to fly at or above 2,000 feet over such areas when over flight cannot be avoided.

Consider using a reduced power setting if flight must be low because of cloud cover or overlying controlled airspace or when approaching the airport of destination. Propellers generate more noise than engines; flying with the lowest practical RPM setting will reduce aircraft noise substantially.

Perform stalls, spins, and other practice maneuvers over uninhabited terrain.

Familiarize yourself and comply with local airport noise abatement procedures.

On takeoff, gain altitude as quickly as possible without compromising safety. Begin takeoffs at the start of a runway, not at an intersection.

Use PAPI. This will indicate a safe glide path and allow a smooth, quiet descent to the runway.

Retract the landing gear either as soon as a landing straight ahead on the runway can no longer be accomplished or as soon as the aircraft achieves a positive rate of climb. If practical, maintain best-angle-of-climb airspeed until reaching 50 feet or an altitude that provides clearance from terrain or obstacles. Then accelerate to best-rate-of-climb airspeed. If consistent with safety, make the first power reduction at 500 feet.

Fly a tight landing pattern to keep noise as close to the airport as possible. Practice descent to the runway at low power settings and with as few power changes as possible.

If possible, do not adjust the propeller control for flat pitch on the downwind leg; instead, wait until short final. This practice not only provides a quieter approach, but also reduces stress on the engine and propeller governor.

Avoid low-level, high-powered approaches, which not only create high noise impacts, but also limit options in the event of engine failure.

Flying between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. should be avoided whenever possible.

Note: these are general recommendations; some may not be advisable for every aircraft in every situation. No noise reduction procedure should be allowed to compromise flight safety.

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