The Broward County Aviation Department (BCAD) is committed to minimizing current and potential noise impacts from operations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Quieter Skies Report

The Partnership of Quieter Skies Report provides an overview of the progress to reduce the noise impacts of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

2013 Editions

Fourth Quarter (PDF)
Third Quarter (PDF)
Second Quarter (PDF)
First Quarter (PDF)

2012 Editions

Fourth Quarter (PDF)
Third Quarter (PDF)
Second Quarter (PDF)
First Quarter (PDF)

Read the past editions of the from 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.

Read the past editions of the Quieter Skies Reports from 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.

an Aircraft Noise Inquiry

To file a formal aircraft noise inquiry, choose one of the following options:

  1. By Email: Complete the keyboard enterable Aircraft Noise Inquiry Form then select the Submit button. You can also download, complete, and save the Adobe Acrobat* (PDF) or MS Word** form. Then return the completed form to us as an attachment to an email.
  2. By Fax: Fax the completed form to the Broward County Aviation Department at 954-359-1335
  3. By Mail, mail the completed form to:

Broward County Aviation Department Office of Noise Information 2200 SW 45th Street, Suite 101, Dania Beach, FL 33312

* Standard version of Adobe Acrobat or above required (the free, downloadable Adobe Acrobat Reader is not sufficient to save the file).** Microsoft Word required.

Airport Noise Abatement Committee

BCAD established the Airport Noise Abatement Committee (ANAC) in 1992. This is an ongoing, cooperative public forum where the aviation community and public can meet to discuss aircraft noise impacts in neighborhoods around FLL, and monitor noise-related trends. ANAC also formulates recommendations for the BCAD Aviation Director resulting in increased effectiveness of FLL noise compatibility programs. All interested parties are encouraged to participate in these meetings.

September 8, 2014 Meeting Information

The meeting will take place from 6 - 8 p.m. in Conference Room “D” located in the BCAD Offices at the Airport Commerce Park - 4101 Ravenswood Road, Suite 404, Fort Lauderdale FL, 33312.

March 10, 2014 Meeting Information

The meeting will take place from 6 - 8 p.m. in Conference Room “D” located in the BCAD Offices at the Airport Commerce Park - 4101 Ravenswood Road, Suite 404, Fort Lauderdale FL, 33312.

    1. Loud Events Site 1 (PDF) 3640 Southwest 55th Avenue, Davie
    2. Loud Events Site 2 (PDF) 4548 Southwest 37th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
    3. Loud Events Site 3 (PDF) 4609 Southwest 28th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
    4. Loud Events Site 4 (PDF) 805-B Northwest 13th Avenue, Dania Beach
    5. Loud Events Site 5 (PDF) 325 Northeast 3rd Avenue, Dania Beach
    6. Loud Events Site 6 (PDF) 1021 Southwest 32nd Court, Fort Lauderdale
    7. Loud Events Site 7 (PDF) 1750 Southwest 32nd Street, Fort Lauderdale
    8. Loud Events Site 8 (PDF) 3411 Southwest 27th Street, Fort Lauderdale
    9. Loud Events Site 9 (PDF) 3900 Southwest 100th Avenue, Davie
    10. Loud Events Site 10 (PDF) 2343 Southwest 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
    11. Loud Events Site 11 (PDF) 6503 N Ocean Dr., Hollywood (John U Lloyd State Park)

December 9, 2013 Meeting Information

The meeting will take place from 6 - 8 p.m. in Conference Room “D” located in the BCAD Offices at the Airport Commerce Park - 4101 Ravenswood Road, Suite 404, Fort Lauderdale FL, 33312.

    1. Loud Events Site 1 (PDF) 3640 Southwest 55th Avenue, Davie
    2. Loud Events Site 2 (PDF) 4548 Southwest 37th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
    3. Loud Events Site 3 (PDF) 4609 Southwest 28th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
    4. Loud Events Site 4 (PDF) 805-B Northwest 13th Avenue, Dania Beach
    5. Loud Events Site 5 (PDF) 325 Northeast 3rd Avenue, Dania Beach
    6. Loud Events Site 6 (PDF) 1021 Southwest 32nd Court, Fort Lauderdale
    7. Loud Events Site 7 (PDF) 1750 Southwest 32nd Street, Fort Lauderdale
    8. Loud Events Site 8 (PDF) 3411 Southwest 27th Street, Fort Lauderdale
    9. Loud Events Site 9 (PDF) 3900 Southwest 100th Avenue, Davie
    10. Loud Events Site 10 (PDF) 2343 Southwest 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
    11. Loud Events Site 11 (PDF) 6503 N Ocean Dr., Hollywood (John U Lloyd State Park)

September 9, 2013 Meeting Information

The meeting will take place from 6 - 8 p.m. in Conference Room “D” located in the BCAD Offices at the Airport Commerce Park - 4101 Ravenswood Road, Suite 404, Fort Lauderdale FL, 33312.

    1. Loud Events Site 1 (PDF) 3640 Southwest 55th Avenue, Davie
    2. Loud Events Site 2 (PDF) 4548 Southwest 37th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
    3. Loud Events Site 3 (PDF) 4609 Southwest 28th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
    4. Loud Events Site 4 (PDF) 805-B Northwest 13th Avenue, Dania Beach
    5. Loud Events Site 5 (PDF) 325 Northeast 3rd Avenue, Dania Beach
    6. Loud Events Site 6 (PDF) 1021 Southwest 32nd Court, Fort Lauderdale
    7. Loud Events Site 7 (PDF) 1750 Southwest 32nd Street, Fort Lauderdale
    8. Loud Events Site 8 (PDF) 3411 Southwest 27th Street, Fort Lauderdale
    9. Loud Events Site 9 (PDF) 3900 Southwest 100th Avenue, Davie
    10. Loud Events Site 10 (PDF) 2343 Southwest 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
    11. Loud Events Site 11 (PDF) 6503 N Ocean Dr., Hollywood (John U Lloyd State Park)

June 10, 2013 Meeting Information

The meeting will take place in Conference Room “D” located in the BCAD Offices at the Airport
Commerce Park - 4101 Ravenswood Road, Suite 404, Fort Lauderdale FL, 33312.

    1. Loud Events Site 1 (PDF) 3640 Southwest 55th Avenue, Davie
    2. Loud Events Site 2 (PDF) 4548 Southwest 37th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
    3. Loud Events Site 3 (PDF) 4609 Southwest 28th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
    4. Loud Events Site 4 (PDF) 805-B Northwest 13th Avenue, Dania Beach
    5. Loud Events Site 5 (PDF) 325 Northeast 3rd Avenue, Dania Beach
    6. Loud Events Site 6 (PDF) 1021 Southwest 32nd Court, Fort Lauderdale
    7. Loud Events Site 7 (PDF) 1750 Southwest 32nd Street, Fort Lauderdale
    8. Loud Events Site 8 (PDF) 3411 Southwest 27th Street, Fort Lauderdale
    9. Loud Events Site 9 (PDF) 3900 Southwest 100th Avenue, Davie
    10. Loud Events Site 10 (PDF) 2343 Southwest 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
    11. Loud Events Site 11 (PDF) 6503 N Ocean Dr., Hollywood (John U Lloyd State Park)

March 11, 2013 Meeting Information

The meeting will take place in Conference Room “D” located in the BCAD Offices at the Airport
Commerce Park - 4101 Ravenswood Road, Suite 404, Fort Lauderdale FL, 33312.

    1. Loud Events Site 1 (PDF) 3640 Southwest 55th Avenue, Davie
    2. Loud Events Site 2 (PDF) 4548 Southwest 37th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
    3. Loud Events Site 3 (PDF) 4609 Southwest 28th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
    4. Loud Events Site 4 (PDF) 805-B Northwest 13th Avenue, Dania Beach
    5. Loud Events Site 5 (PDF) 325 Northeast 3rd Avenue, Dania Beach
    6. Loud Events Site 6 (PDF) 1021 Southwest 32nd Court, Fort Lauderdale
    7. Loud Events Site 7 (PDF) 1750 Southwest 32nd Street, Fort Lauderdale
    8. Loud Events Site 8 (PDF) 3411 Southwest 27th Street, Fort Lauderdale
    9. Loud Events Site 9 (PDF) 3900 Southwest 100th Avenue, Davie
    10. Loud Events Site 10 (PDF) 2343 Southwest 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
    11. Loud Events Site 11 (PDF) 6503 N Ocean Dr., Hollywood (John U Lloyd State Park)

Read the minutes and other meeting information from previous ANAC Meetings.

Noise Contour Development

Annual noise contours monitor the extent of noise exposure on a continuing basis. The ANAC reviews and interprets the contours. The contours are prepared in a manner consistent with Part 150 Noise Exposure Map requirements.

View a Noise Contour Map of the following years:

Aircraft Noise and Operations Monitoring System (ANOMS)

FLL has a full-time Noise Officer on staff. This individual is responsible for:

  • Operating and maintaining ANOMS.
  • Assisting in the implementation of noise abatement measures.
  • Talking with citizens who have questions or concerns regarding aircraft noise.
  • Maintaining the latest information related to aircraft noise around FLL.

ANOMS consists of two basic elements: a radar system for the purpose of acquiring flight track information, and 10 permanent noise monitoring stations.

The ANOMS main server collects data from both the PASSUR (Passive Secondary Surveillance Radar) and the noise monitors. The integration of these two systems allows the Noise Officer to gather information on the flight of aircraft and the resultant noise levels in communities surrounding FLL.

We use the radar data acquired from the PASSUR to

  • Communicate a property's location relative to typical arrival and departure corridors
  • Confirm that airplanes are adhering to our Noise Abatement Departure tracks
  • Perform operational analyses. An operational analysis can provide information about the numbers, types, and altitudes of airplanes that fly over a specific property during a given time period.

How does FLL use the noise monitors? Unattended noise monitoring is imprecise. The monitors are not as sophisticated as our brains and our ears. Human beings are sensitive to tonal variations; our noise monitors are not. Human beings can look up and verify that what sounds like an airplane really is one. The monitors cannot do that.

The noise monitoring sites attempt to differentiate between aircraft and other noise sources by referencing programmed algorithm thresholds as noise events progress. Later on, ANOMS software compares tentatively identified aircraft noise events to radar data to see if aircraft were nearby when the event in question occurred.

The best current potential use of the noise-monitoring portion of the system is to confirm Integrated Noise Model (INM) input should what is monitored and what is generated by INM differ significantly. The monitors also let us look at the average noise levels of different types of aircraft.

Permanent Noise Monitors (PDF) are located at the following addresses:

  1. 3640 Southwest 55th Avenue, Davie
  2. 4548 Southwest 37th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
  3. 4609 Southwest 28th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
  4. 805-B Northwest 13th Avenue, Dania Beach
  5. 325 Northeast 3rd Avenue, Dania Beach
  6. 1021 Southwest 32nd Court, Fort Lauderdale
  7. 1750 Southwest 32nd Street, Fort Lauderdale
  8. 3411 Southwest 27th Street, Fort lauderdale
  9. 3900 Southwest 100th Avenue, Davie
  10. 2343 Southwest 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
  11. 6503 N Ocean Dr., Hollywood FL 33019 (John U Lloyd State Park)

Informal Runway Use Program

The Informal Runway Use Program is an approved runway use program which does not require a letter of understanding, and participation in the program is voluntary for aircraft operators/pilots. The program includes:

  • Helicopter arrival and departure procedures
  • Preferential runway use
  • Operational safety criteria

A new Informal Runway Use Program is under development and will be posted when finalized.

Noise Abatement Procedures

The BCAD offers a voluntary program of operational noise abatement measures for all turbojet aircraft operators/pilots (regardless of weight).

New Noise Abatement Procedures are under development and will be posted when finalized.

Frequently Asked Noise Questions
The following Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) are answered:

  • What is DNL?
  • What is ANOMS?
  • Which is Quieter - An Arrival or Departure?
  • How Are Noise Levels Determined?
  • What Are Noise Contours?
  • Who Tells Airplanes Where To Go?
  • Why Certain Airplanes Are Lower Than Others?
  • How Are Runways Numbered?
  • Why Can't the Noise Monitors Create a Noise Exposure Contour Map?

Glossary of Aviation and Aircraft Noise Terms

The glossary contains 120 definitions (PDF) of common aviation and aircraft noise terms.

Idle Power and Full Power Engine Run-up Procedures

The BCAD established procedures for tenant airlines and ground handlers to perform aircraft idle power and full power engine runs for maintenance purposes such as fuel leak check, oil and hydraulic filters, replaced components, engine overhaul, etc.More information on Engine Run Restrictions (PDF).

Roles and Responsibilities

The Aviation Noise Abatement Policy of 1976 summarized the key responsibilities of various entities to control aircraft noise.

The FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the federal government agency that has the authority and responsibility: to reduce aircraft noise at the source, implement safe (and legal) noise abatement operational procedures which are recommended by the airport proprietor, and to
encourage compatible land development.

Airport Proprietors
They are primarily responsible for planning and implementing actions that manage the effects of aircraft noise within the airport's environs. Such actions include noise abatement ground procedures; land acquisition; acoustical treatments; other controls which do not discriminate, create an unsafe situation, impede the management of the air navigation system, or interfere with interstate or foreign commerce; and suggesting noise abatement operational procedures.

State/Local Governments and Planning Agencies
These agencies are responsible for compatible land development through zoning, promulgating and enforcing building codes that incorporate acoustically attenuating materials into edifices (especially residences), and disclosing the noise impacts to their citizens.

Air Carriers
These private companies are responsible for retiring, replacing, and retrofitting older jets (per FAA regulations) and for flying aircraft in ways to minimize noise impacts on surrounding communities.

Residents and Prospective Residents
In areas surrounding airports, they should strive to understand the noise problem and measures which can be taken to minimize the effect of noise.

Pilots
As the person in charge of operating the aircraft, the pilot has the ultimate responsibility. Although the airline sets the noise abatement departure profile, and the FAA assigns the flight track and altitude, the pilot still maintains the authority to make final judgments. Based on safety criteria, the pilot may alter these procedures. In general, it is up to the pilot to adhere to noise abatement procedures whether for departure or arrival.