FLY QUIET PROGRAM

The Austin Executive Airport is sensitive to the concerns of our residents in close proximity of the airport.  We have implemented a voluntary “FLY QUIET PROGRAM”.  The noise abatement procedures described below are designed to minimize aircraft noise in the vicinity of our residential areas.  This is a voluntary program and should not compromise safety.

General Policies

  • Piston aircraft operators are requested to use AOPA "Noise Awareness Steps"
  • Turbine/Jet aircraft operators are requested to use NBAA "Noise Abatement Program" procedures or comparable procedures of aircraft manufacturer. (http://web.nbaa.org/public/ops/quietflying/)
  • Helicopter operators are requested to use HAI "Recommended Noise Abatement Measures"

A.O.P.A. Noise Awareness Steps
(Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association)
These are general recommendations; some may not be advisable for every aircraft in every situation. No noise reduction procedure should be allowed to compromise flight safety.

  • If practical, avoid noise-sensitive areas. Make every effort to fly at or above 2,000 feet over such areas when overflight cannot be avoided.
  • Consider using a reduced power setting if flight must be low because of cloud cover or overlying controlled airspace or when approaching the airport of destination. Propellers generate more noise than engines; flying with the lowest practical RPM setting will reduce aircraft noise substantially.
  • Perform stalls, spins, and other practice maneuvers over uninhabited terrain.
  • Familiarize yourself and comply with airport noise abatement procedures.
  • On takeoff, gain altitude as quickly as possible without compromising safety. Begin takeoffs at the start of a runway, not at an intersection.
  • Use Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI). This will indicate a safe glidepath and a low a smooth, quiet descent to the runway.
  • Retract the landing gear either as soon as landing straight ahead on the runway can no longer be accomplished or as soon as the aircraft achieves a positive rate of climb. If practical, maintain best-angle-of-climb airspeed until reaching 50 feet or an altitude that provides clearance from terrain or obstacle. Then accelerate to best-rate-of-climb airspeed. If consistent with safety, make the first power reduction at 500 feet.
  • Practice descent to the runway at low power settings and with as few power changes as possible.
  • If possible, do not adjust the propeller control for flat pitch on the downwind leg; instead, wait until short final. This practice not only provides a quieter approach, but also reduces stress on the engine and the propeller governor.
  • Avoid low-level, high-power approaches, which not only create high noise impacts, but also limit options in the event of engine failure.
  • Flying between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. should be avoided whenever possible.

Traffic Pattern Altitude:

1000 ft AGL

Traffic Pattern:

Runway 31 Left Traffic and Runway 13 Left Traffic.

 

 

Austin Executive Airport
6012 Aviation Drive
Pflugerville, TX 78660

Telephone: (512) 247-7678
Fax: (512) 615-7128