Business Aviation and noisy jets

Business Aviation and noisy jets

Business aviation is subject to many of the same laws that other branches of the aviation industry are subject to when it comes to the levels of noise that aircraft may produce as well as the areas over which aircraft are permitted to fly. The level of noise that an individual aircraft produces helps to determine which flight paths are available to it. Flights which take place over residential areas may generally only be taken by planes which conform to strict standards on the amount of noise that they generate so as not to inconvenience the people who have to live below the flight paths of airplanes.

Noise pollution is considered a serious problem in some parts of the country and a low flying jet engine produces noise levels which may be harmful to the human ear, particularly if experienced in sustained form over a long period of time. Areas around airports are generally clear of most buildings and human habitations and airports are usually built around the outskirts of a city or somewhat into the countryside so that they will not produce noise levels which interfere with the lives of people who live in the surrounding area.

Still some city airports are constructed in the close vicinity of buildings, and in these cases special laws will provide flight paths in and out of the urban area which must be strictly adhered to for both the safety of the pilots and passengers of planes and other forms of aviation in the city (such as helicopters) as well as for the reduction of noise levels so that people in the city are not made subject to loud engine noises. Planes may be required to rise to a certain altitude before they are permitted to fly directly over most parts of a city, thus reducing the amount of noise that is made by the aircraft and making it easier for people to live.

In situations where a business jet flies over an area that it is prohibited from flying over, or where the proper altitude level is not observed, the pilot or the owner of the business jet might be liable to damages from people who complain about the noise levels. It is far more likely, however, that if the owner or pilot of the private business jet is caught, a fine will be levied against them from local aviation authorities. In some cases of serious infractions certificates and licenses may even be revoked for a period, making it impossible to legally fly and use the plane until the right to fly may be regained.

Pilots / owners may be required to take a course on the applicable areas of the law during this time and refresh their knowledge of how the legal structure of the areas that they are flying over determines the noise levels that jets are permitted to make and exactly where and when pilots are permitted to fly. Be aware of all of the issues surrounding noisy jets and business aviation to avoid legal problems!