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Good Neighbor Flying
In a shared vision by community members, pilots, airport staff and tenants, a voluntary noise abatement committee was formed to promote "GOOD NEIGHBOR FLYING."
The goals for the FMA Noise Abatement Program are as follows:
Airport operations that are compatible with the surrounding communities.
Educate, involve and engage the community and flying public about our ongoing dedication to addressing noise issues at the airport.
Be committed to being a good neighbor.
Respond to each concern and take action as appropriate.
Strive for continued and increased success of the Noise Abatement Program.
Quiet Flying Benefits Us All
Noise Abatement Recommendations
Noise Abatement Hotline 208.788.5138
Airport Manager's Office 208.788.4956
In response to local community concerns, Friedman Memorial Airport has a noise abatement program. The program is applicable to all types of aircraft.
The Airport Authority and your neighbors request that aircraft above 12,500 lbs. never land from the north or depart to the north.
All aircraft are asked not to operate between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., Mountain time, under any circumstance, except emergencies.
Preferred hours of operation are between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Mountain time to coincide with hours during which Hailey tower and Friedman Memorial airport crash/ fire/ rescue operations are staffed.
The Emergency Services / Airfield Operations Department can answer your questions regarding the Noise Abatement Program: 208.788.5138
Frequently Asked Questions about Noise
What are the rules regarding how low an aircraft can fly over a residential area?
Aircraft altitude is established by Federal law. Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 91.119 of the General Operating and Flight Rules states that "Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitude: Over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft."
It is important to be aware that most aircraft operating in the vicinity of the FMA are in the process of landing or taking off, thus this regulation does not apply. Helicopters are specifically exempted from this Federal regulation.
Does the Friedman Memorial Airport (FMA) have a curfew?
In 1990 Congress passed legislation that made it extremely difficult for airports to initiate curfews and access restrictions without qualifying scientific documentation. FMA did undergo FAA-approved scientific studies to determine if noise levels justified curfews or access restrictions. These studies did not result in a finding of noise levels that would support curfews or access restrictions. FMA has a Voluntary Noise Abatement Program which emphasizes noise abatement, flight tracks and pilot education.
My house is not supposed to be under the flight path, so why do I get overflights?
FMA's voluntary flights tracks are used by pilots under ideal conditions only. Factors such as climate conditions and the presence of other aircraft will often predicate local Air Traffic Control instructions directing a flight path that is different from the noise abatement flight tracks.
Why do I always get aircraft flying over my house during bad weather?
Noise abatement flight tracks are used only during periods of good weather. The voluntary flight tracks are used by pilots under ideal conditions only. During periods of reduced visibility (rain, fog, snow, smoke etc.) aircraft operators are obligated to conduct their operations in the safest visual manner determinable by them and local Air Traffic Control.
It seems that many times small jets make more noise than the airline flights. Why?
In 1990 Congress passed legislation that required commercial airlines to phase out the use of older, nosier aircraft (known as Stage II Aircraft). That same legislation exempted aircraft weighing less than 75,000 pounds. Thus, while the airlines have removed the older and noisier aircraft from service, the smaller noisier private aircraft and business jets have been allowed to stay in service. This exemption is cancelled effective December 31, 2015.
What good does it do to call-in or complete an online noise complaint form when the noise abatement program is voluntary?
Pilot education is a major part of our noise abatement program and the reporting of aircraft concerns assists the Airport in this effort. Each concern is reviewed for a determination. Staff attempts to follow up on each call-in an effort to respond to the concerns expressed. Often, there are justifiable circumstances which may not seem apparent to the party expressing a concern. Late night Medical Evacuations are a good example of this. The concerns are then compiled into a monthly report which allows the Airport to see trends which assist staff in enhancing the education program. The program includes mass mailings and individual contact with pilots.
Can the FMAA fine pilots who don't comply with the VOLUNTARY noise abatement procedures?
The FAA prohibits the FMAA from pursuing punitive actions against a pilot who chooses not to use the Voluntary Noise Abatement procedures. This is why the FMAA promotes "Good Neighbor Flying" among all tenants and users of the airport so that they will choose to comply with the procedures voluntarily.
Why are aircraft sometimes allowed to land from the north and arrive from the north?
Most commonly, departures to, or arrivals from the north are dictated by prevailing winds at the airport, at that time. Most aircraft have operating criteria preventing them from safely departing or landing with "tail winds" in excess of 10 knots. In other words, if winds out of the south were in excess of 10 knots at the airport, aircraft would quite likely elect to arrive from the north. If winds at the airport were in excess of 10 knots out of the north, aircraft would likely elect to depart to the north. In fact, some light aircraft are restricted from operating with any tailwind component whatsoever.