Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - Aircraft Noise
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport provides important transportation services and supports jobs, business income and economic growth. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates the airport, understands that aircraft noise is a concern in surrounding communities. In order to be a good neighbor, the Airports Authority has worked through the years with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Federal Aviation Administration and others to provide the public with information on noise-related issues.
The Airport Authority’s Noise Information Office responds to comments, complaints and requests for information from individuals and organizations in communities across Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. Noise Information Office staff are available to attend community meetings to meet with homeowners associations and other groups in the region, including the McLean Citizens Association, Communities for Smart Airport Growth, Palisades Citizens Association, Radnor Fort Myers Association, and the National Organization to Insure a Sound Controlled Environment.
The Noise Information Office monitors aircraft noise and operations along the Potomac River flight path and in nearby communities. Flight paths, flight times, altitudes and other aircraft movements are established and directed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which also operates the nation's Air Traffic Control system.
Under Reagan National’s Nighttime Noise Rule, established in the 1980s, certain aircraft that are prone to higher noise output - as determined by FAA’s aircraft certification process associated with aircraft type, weight and engine model - may or may not be compliant with Reagan National’s Nighttime Noise Rule which is in effect between 10:00 p.m. and 6:59 a.m. However, most modern passenger jets comply with Reagan National’s Nighttime Noise Rule and airlines schedule flights during the nighttime hours.
CLICK HERE to view an FAA press release regarding measuring the effects of aircraft noise.
In addition to the airport Noise Information Office, FAA's Noise Ombudsman Office 9-AWA-NoiseOmbudsman@faa.gov can provide additional information for those concerned about aircraft noise.
- Click here to learn about aircraft noise procedures and guidelines at Reagan National.
- Click here to view the Airports Authority's 2010 Annual Aircraft Noise Report.
- Click here to view the Airports Authority's 2011 Annual Aircraft Noise Report.
- Click here to view the Airports Authority's 2012 Annual Aircraft Noise Report.
- Click here to view the Airports Authority's 2013 Annual Aircraft Noise Report.
WebTrak - The Airports Authority's NEW online Noise and Flight Tracking Monitoring Public Portal
The Airports Authority maintains an aircraft noise and flight track monitoring system around the metropolitan Washington region. Noise monitors are located along the primary flight corridors for Reagan National and Washington Dulles airports. The ability to measure aircraft and community noise at these locations helps the Airports Authority to better understand noise impacts in the community.
On January 1, 2015, the Airports Authority released a new online Public Portal called WebTrak. It’s user-friendly interface provides improved access to flight track and noise information for aircraft operating in the metropolitan Washington region. When fully implemented, WebTrak will provide near-real-time access to flight tracks and noise data; a 20 minute delay is due to data processing. Note - Links associated with the old Public Portal (PublicVue) will no longer be supported.
During the transition period to the new Public Portal, the Airports Authority will deploy WebTrak in 2 Phases:
- Phase 1 - Flight Track Data: Available January 1, 2015 to present.
- Phase 2 - Noise Event Data: Available Early-February 2015 when Communications hardware upgrades have been completed.
Quick Start Guide: Aircraft, Map, Controls, Flight Tag and Flight Information Panel
Investigate: About, Where, When, What, How, Complaint Form
Legend: Aircraft Icons (not to scale), Aircraft Colors
Help: About WebTrak, Using the WebTrak Map, Using the Flights Control Panel, Other (Point of Approach, Weather, Submitting a Complaint)
Noise Measurement Information
The noise level depicted at the monitor location on the website is updated every second and reflects community noise from non-aircraft sources as well as overflights. Community noise can consist of vehicle traffic, lawn mowers, storm activity, etc.
Click below to enter WebTrak for Reagan National and Washington Dulles.
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Telephone Contact Also Available
In addition to completing a noise complaint via WebTrak, citizens are welcome to voice their concerns about aircraft noise at 703-417-1204.
The Airports Authority's Noise Information Staff is available to discuss noise concerns during business hours. Callers are welcome to leave a voicemail message after hours or on weekends.