Roles and Responsibilities
Hillsborough County Aviation Authority
The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority is responsible for the operation of Tampa International Airport (TPA), Peter O’ Knight (TPF), Tampa Executive Airport (VDF) and Plant City Airport (PCM). As part of this, the Aviation Authority has chosen to develop a voluntary informal runway use program designed to minimize the effect of aircraft noise on residents of the surrounding area since the late 1940’s. In addition, the Authority created a noise office in 2001 to address resident noise concerns of operations at TPA and to ensure pilots compliance with the voluntary noise abatement procedures as approved by the FAA in the Part 150 study. The Aviation Authority will continue to evaluate actions that balance the needs of the airport users with the residents of Tampa Bay.
Air Traffic Control
The FAA’s Air Traffic Control Tower and approach control are responsible for the safe movement of aircraft both on the airfield and within the contiguous airspace of the United States. They implement noise abatement procedures recommended by the Aviation Authority and approved by the FAA. Any noise mitigation procedure must meet all FAA air safety, environmental and legal requirements.
Residents and Prospective Residents
The residents in areas surrounding an airport should seek to understand community aircraft operations and strive to be aware of what procedures that can and cannot be taken to minimize the effect of aircraft noise. Individual and community responses to aircraft noise differ substantially and, for some individuals, a reduced level of noise may not eliminate the annoyance or irritation. Prospective residents should investigate the location of airports and aircraft flight tracks to determine the potential effect on their individual quality of life and make their decisions accordingly.
As the person in charge of operating the aircraft, the pilot has the ultimate responsibility. It is up to the pilot to follow the voluntary recommended noise abatement procedures, while adhering to all safety measures.
Minimizing aircraft noise over residential areas and operating a safe and efficient air transportation system is a worldwide challenge. Courteous and responsible pilots make the difference by avoiding unnecessary residential over-flights and by flying as quietly as safety permits.
Safety always supersedes noise abatement procedures. Please follow air traffic control instructions and other safety considerations caused by weather or emergencies.