AIRCRAFT NOISE ADVISORY
Taxiway Construction Project Will Impact Flight Patterns
The Portland International Jetport (PWM) announced a temporary change in flight patterns that will increase the number of early morning and late evening operations over Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, and Scarborough. Many neighborhoods that are not use to aircraft noise in the early morning and late evening hours will be impacted.
A taxiway repair project will limit the airport’s ability to depart to the west and land from the west. The temporary flight pattern change will be in effect from Monday, May 15th, through Friday, June 6th.
“We are reaching out to all of our neighbors to ensure they are made aware of a change in our flight pattern due to a construction project on the airfield” stated Paul Bradbury, Airport Director. “We recognize that this project will impact a number of residents who don’t normally experience aircraft taking off or landing over their homes in the early morning or late evening.”
The Jetport has a standing Noise Advisory Committee. They work to reduce noise exposure to neighbors. Over the past decade, this committee has created preferred approaches that keep aircraft over less populated areas. Additional changes have included the daytime implementation of the “Harbor Visual Approach,” which keeps planes over the harbor and Fore River on approach. Also, the RNAV departure was created to keep departing aircraft over the water.
“Our goal is to be a good neighbor, and good neighbors give advanced notice of an inconvenience. We’re really excited about the construction project that will help us improve our capabilities for servicing our airlines’ fleet mix, but are very cognizant that this construction project will have an impact on our surrounding community for three weeks,” said Bradbury.
Jetport officials invite residents who are inconvenienced by aircraft noise to submit a noise complaint on the Jetport’s Noise Abatement Program website at http://portlandjetport.org/noise.