Portland Air Traffic Procedure to Reduce Noise

Thursday, December 2, 2021

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today implemented a change to reduce noise over sensitive areas near Portland International JetPort.

The change creates GPS waypoints for the existing Harbor Visual Approach procedure for Runway 29. The waypoints will enable pilots flying over the harbor to navigate the procedure more precisely and avoid noise-sensitive areas. 

Waypoints are geographic coordinates that enable pilots to fly more precisely along intended flight paths. Portland International JetPort and its Noise Advisory Committee requested the change.

The procedure will be available only during the day in clear weather. 

The FAA evaluated the procedures for safety, operational feasibility and environmental impact. The agency conducted an environmental review in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and issued a Categorical Exclusion. The FAA remains committed to engaging in meaningful dialogue with the community, while supporting our mission of safety and efficiency within the National Airspace System.