Part 150 Noise Study
Welcome. The "Part 150" Airport Noise Compatibility Planning Study Update for the Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) is underway. We strongly encourage all potentially interested parties to participate. As the study progresses, you will find updates here, so please bookmark this page and check it often.
The Akron-Canton Airport Authority and Airport Administration are committed to making CAK the best neighbor possible, including minimizing any environmental impact on the surrounding community. Noise from airport operations is clearly one of the most significant environmental issues for an airport to consider.
The most formal way that an airport can address noise issues is through the performance of a comprehensive noise study under the voluntary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) "Part 150" program. The Part 150 program provides airports with access to related FAA funding, planning, and implementation support. CAK has taken advantage of this opportunity twice before, in the 1987-9 and 1995-7. Airport layout, aircraft operations, and surrounding land uses have changed significantly over the past 15 years, and will continue to change in the future. Therefore, CAK is embarking on a third Part 150 study, to ensure that the noise compatibility program is up-to-date and sensitive to current and forecast conditions as feasible.
The Part 150 Update began in the fourth quarter of 2012 and is anticipated to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2014. The study will include a multi-element public consultation process, and will be conducted with input and guidance from a Part 150 Advisory Committee representing the full range of relevant "stakeholders."
The Part 150 Update is being conducted in parallel with an airport Master Plan Update, which is considering ways to meet the growing demand for traveler facilities with the highest level of service feasible, again under current and forecast conditions. That study is discussed in greater detail in the Master Plan Update section of the CAK website. Conducting the two studies in parallel ensures that the airport development and noise compatibility programs complement each other.
The Part 150 Update is being led by Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc. (HMMH), in association with R. W. Armstrong (RWA). The firms have extensive experience in planning for airport noise compatibility and physical planning, and for aviation development. RWA is leading the ongoing Airport Master Plan Update. HMMH led CAK's 1995-7 Part 150 Study.
Website Guide: What's here and where to find it
Please take a moment to explore the following information on the other sections of the CAK Part 150 website and feel free to contact us with you questions and/or comments.
Part 150 Basics: Describes the overall Part 150 regulation, study process, and CAK-specific background.
Part 150 Update Study Documents: Presents background documentation. In addition, as elements of the Part 150 Update are completed, Working Papers or draft chapters will be posted for review and comment by any interested party.
Part 150 Public Outreach: This section presents an overview of the public outreach program. Upcoming elements, such as public meetings, will be announced here, with links to related background material. In addition, summaries of completed meetings and copies of presentations will be posted.
Part 150 FAQs: Please look here to find answers to frequently asked questions about the Part 150 Update Study and more.
Part 150 Contact: Please use this link to submit input, request information, and sign up for email updates, or to be added to the newsletter mailing list.