The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) works closely with the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), the Massport Community Advisory Committee (MCAC) and other stakeholders to address aircraft noise and aviation issues in the Boston area.
Boston Harbor Seaplane Operations – December 2020
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Dec. 3, 2020 completed an environmental review of proposed seaplane operations in Boston Harbor and determined they would not exceed standards set by the National Environmental Policy Act. The agency will require Tailwind Air Service, Inc., the operator that will conduct the flights, to coordinate arrivals and departures with local air traffic control facilities and comply with requirements for flying in controlled airspace.
Federal Register Notice (PDF) – Dec. 3, 2020
Runway 4-Left RNAV (GPS) Approach Procedure
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is conducting an Environmental Assessment for a proposed new satellite-based approach procedure for Runway 4-Left at Boston Logan International Airport. The agency expects to issue the environmental determination on the procedure in 2021. The Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) indicates that the procedure would have no significant impact in any environmental category including aviation noise.
The proposed new procedure closely follows the path of the existing visual approach for Runway 4-Left. It will enhance safety and flight efficiency by providing vertical and lateral guidance to pilots and by enabling air traffic controllers to more precisely monitor arriving aircraft, especially in bad weather. The proposed procedure would allow flights to land on the runway when visibility is low. Currently, aircraft can land on the runway only in good weather.
FAA and Massachusetts Port Authority Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
The Federal Aviation Administration and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2015 began working jointly on noise research through the Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT), the FAA's Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment. Under this program, MIT continues to explore ideas for reducing noise in communities around airports with consideration for potential operational impacts.
In September 2016, the FAA and Massport signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on how they would work to reduce the effects of aircraft noise, while maintaining the safety and efficiency benefits of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures at Boston Logan International Airport.
Proposed departure procedure for Runway 15-Right
Boston Logan Airport Noise Study (BLANS)
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in December 2017 released the Final Boston Logan Airport Noise Study (BLANS) Report. The goal of the study was to explore ways to reduce noise from flight procedures and ground operations at Boston Logan International Airport to the practicable extent possible for the greatest number of people residing in communities within a 20-mile radius of the airport. The three-phase study began in 2003 and ended in December 2016.