Aircraft Noise Pollution

Aircraft Sound Level Examples

Sound levels for small, medium, and large aircraft manufactured by DHC, Embraer, Airbus, and Boeing. Prepared by Mayes, Jan L. (2019, October) Aircraft-Sound-Levels.pdf

Aircraft Noise Recommended Public Health Limits

Environmental Noise Guidelines – Executive Summary, World Health Organization (2018, p. 6)

Time BaseNoise Pollution Limit
Day-Evening-Night45 dBA
Night40 dBA


Mayes, J.L. (2019, October)

Report (March 2019): ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF AIRCRAFT NOISE IN THE VICINITY OF MAJOR CANADIAN AIRPORTS. Report of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. 42nd PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION .

Canadian Government Response to the Twenty-Eighth Report of the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

European Union-United Kingdom

Noise Country Fact Sheets (2019)
Summarizes noise pollution data-industrial and transportation noise from air, road, and rail traffic-for EU countries including UK. Compares Environmental Noise Directive 5 year noise data cycle since 2015. Broken down by sources, health impact, life years lost, etc.

It is unclear if UK will continue to be included in this noise mapping and reporting process after Brexit.

Since there are no mandatory noise control requirements, little to nothing has been done to control noise at source for aircraft.

United Kingdom Noise Fact Sheet (2018)


WHO Aircraft LimitUK People Exposed% Increase 2012-2017
Day-Evening-Night 45 dBA>55 dBA1%
Night 40 dBA>50 dBA11%

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