Noise Abatement Report
Barnstable Municipal Airport is very conscious of its location in
urbanized Barnstable and on the border of the Town of Yarmouth. It
works cooperatively with the airlines and their pilots to reduce
aircraft noise and maintain a constructive dialogue with neighbors
who may be affected.
The airport has instituted noise abatement procedures and defined
flight corridors. Our visual flight rules for aircraft are voluntary
by law, and pilots and aircraft operators are strongly urged to
follow them when safety permits. During times of instrument flight
rules when pilots must fly under the guidance of radar, the
procedures do not apply.
The airport employs a noise abatement coordinator who
receives and investigates all noise complaints. Comments, questions
and other information related to airport noise are welcome via a
designated phone number, 508 862-8268. Messages are taken
live when possible or recorded on voice mail.
Questions about air traffic
If at any time, you have questions about air
traffic to certain areas located within six miles of the airport,
our noise abatement office can assist you. There are areas in both
Barnstable and Yarmouth that will frequently receive air traffic
overhead. In an effort to assist those who are sensitive to noise,
this can be a valuable tool in making decisions on what area is best
for you. Please call 508 862-8268.
Voluntary Quiet Hours
Barnstable Municipal Airport has established voluntary quiet hours
between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. During these times, airlines and general
aviation operators are encouraged to limit their flights so that
people in neighboring communities are not disturbed during sleeping
hours. Also, training, touch- and-go and certification flights are
prohibited without approval of the airport management.
While the quiet hours are voluntary, operations that do occur
during this time are carefully monitored and reported monthly to
airport commissioners. Fortunately, flights during quiet hours are
kept to a minimum. They usually consist of flights resulting from
weather delays, med flights or early-morning aircraft repositioning
Please keep in mind that the FAA does not allow the airport to
mandate these quiet hours or allow the airport to violate anyone not
complying with the airport's request.
Tips for Reporting a Complaint
Please tell us your complete name and street address. If you would
like a return call, please leave your telephone number as well.
Tell us the exact date, time and location of the incident along with
any aircraft information you have including its tail number.
Be specific about the disturbance. Was the plane, in your opinion,
flying too low? Did it appear to be off course? Was the engine noise
All disturbance complaints will be fully investigated and, if
requested, responded to.
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