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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 17--26

Assessment of the effectiveness of aircraft noise regulation

BBN Technologies, A Unit of GTE Internetworking, 21128 Vanowen Street, Canoga Park, California 91303, USA

Correspondence Address:
Sanford Fidell
BBN Technologies, A Unit of GTE Internetworking, 21128 Vanowen Street, Canoga Park, California 91303
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 12689497

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A fundamental goal of aircraft noise regulation is control of the prevalence of noise-induced annoyance in airport communities. A common regulatory strategy is to identify values of long­term, time-weighted average aircraft noise exposure that may not be exceeded in the vicinity of airports without certain consequences. Noise exposure per se is neither the sole cause nor a perfect predictor of the annoyance of aircraft noise, however. Regulatory limitation of noise levels to certain values of favored noise metrics may therefore provide the appearance, rather than the substance, of a solution to problems of community reaction to aircraft noise. Response bias, as identified by Green and Fidell (1991), is a factor that exerts about as much influence on the observed prevalence of annoyance in communities as cumulative noise exposure. The importance of formal consideration of response bias in assessments of the adequacy of regulatory enforcement levels is addressed.


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