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Community Tools

Our Community Tools section includes: Guidance for Prospective Home Buyers, information about How an Aircraft Works, a listing of Frequently Asked Questions, a Link and Learn page for learners of all ages to find out more about aviation, noise, the environment and science, a Glossary of Terms, and Links to Airports.


NoiseQuest Explorer Mapping Application

NoiseQuest has developed the NoiseQuest NQ Explorer is our map based interface to airport data and websites. Users can search for an airport, link to an airport noise management program and more.


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FAA Awards $40 Million to New Center of Excellence For Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment

FAA Press Release September 13, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected a team of universities to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for alternate jet fuels and the environment.

Led by Washington State University and MIT, the COE will explore ways to meet the environmental and energy goals that are part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).


Waveforms and Sonic Boom Perception and Response (WSPR)

Edwards Air Force Base residents on their attitudes toward sonic booms produced by an F-18 aircraft.


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Ongoing Research Efforts

There are many research efforts being conducted on the effects of aviation noise. These efforts are investigating ways to reduce the effects of noise. This section includes just a few examples of the ongoing research.

Continuous Descent Arrival

Continuous Descent Arrival is a cockpit based flight technique that involves the continuous, gradual descent of aircraft on a constant slope at idle or at minimal low power settings.


Future Outlook: A Quieter Airplane Design

Can airplanes be redesigned to be virtually silent? MIT and Cambridge universities are working to create an aircraft that cannot be heard outside of airport boundaries.