ForewordThe Manassas Regional Airport is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Airport is also designated as a reliever airport to Dulles International, one of the busiest air carrier airports in the Commonwealth. The Airport is located in Prince William County with heavy residential areas in the vicinity of the airport and 16 miles to the south southwest of Dulles International, It is the policy of the Manassas Regional Airport to promote the following Voluntary Good Neighbor Noise Abatement Program in order for the Airport to continue its role as a vital part of the local community. This program is intended to be considerate of the Airport’s residential neighbors while balancing the operational needs of the airport users and tenants.
The Voluntary Good Neighbor Noise Abatement Program is comprised of suggestions for pilots, fixed-base operators, and maintenance facilities. It is recognized that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control Tower and pilots are the ultimate decision makers in conducting safe flight operations. When permitted, the Airport’s users and tenants are encouraged to follow the guidelines of this Voluntary Good Neighbor Program.
This program is completely voluntary, but it is strongly encouraged that this be followed in order to create a friendlier environment for those residential neighbors of the airport. This document will reference this program as “noise abatement” even though it is considered voluntary.
Section 1 - Flight Training
Flight instructors should teach their students of these noise abatement procedures, including pilots which are taken up for biennial flight reviews. Noise abatement procedures should be included as part of flight training instruction. Be aware of the noise sensitive areas depicted, and point them out while riding with your students. Make sure that your students fly at the recommended pattern altitude as noted in the most recent version of the Airport Facility Directory (AFD); 1,200 FT. MSL for single and light twins, 1,500 FT MSL for medium twins and turboprop, and 1,000 FT MSL for helicopter. Ensure to practice maneuvers over unpopulated areas at recommended safe altitudes and use various practice areas in order to minimize noise exposure to surrounding communities. Full-stop taxi-backs should be considered when performing pattern work to reduce the fluctuations in engine noise.
Be mindful of noise sensitive areas when doing ground-reference maneuvers. Stay away from doing these maneuvers around houses, schools, or anything that would classify as a noise sensitive area. Stress the importance about the use of high power RPM settings only when necessary. For example high RPM settings should only be used during takeoff or short final when altitude and speed adjustments are necessary.
Section 2 - Fixed Wing Flight Operations
Familiarize yourself with the location of noise sensitive areas, particularly the Great Oaks subdivision located to the east across the Route 234 Bypass, the Moor Green Estates neighborhood located to the south of the Airport in the approach path of Runway 34R, and the residential neighborhoods of the Nokesville area to the west and southwest.
The preferred way to avoid the noise sensitive areas are to follow major roads and railroad tracks located near the Airport. These roads include the Route 234 by-pass and the Norfolk/Southern railroad tracks. An aerial map that depicts these preferred roads and the railroad tracks is made available in the Airport Director’s Office and on the airport’s website.
When arriving and departing from the Northwest, West, or the Southwest, it is preferred to use the railroad tracks located north of the Airport. When departing from any of the runways, unless in conflict with the Tower’s instructions, climb to at least 900 FT MSL prior to making a turn on course, or before turning crosswind when conducting pattern work.
It is recommended that fixed-wing aircraft with carbureted engines utilize a 2,200 RPM setting while in the traffic pattern for any of the runways. Aircraft with fuel injection engines should use 2,100 RPM. This power setting will help minimize aircraft engine noise as well as reduce fuel consumption. Aircraft type permitting, when operating in the pattern for Runway 16L/34R, keep downwind legs to the west side of the Route 234 by-pass. The purpose of this restriction is to help reduce the amount of noise exposure to the surrounding residential communities.
Section 3 - Arrival & Departures ProceduresIf the Airport is in a north operation: Outbound traffic shall stay north of the railroad tracks at an altitude of 2,300 FT MSL. The inbound traffic shall stay south of the railroad tracks at an altitude of 2,000 FT MSL.
If the Airport is in a south operation: Outbound traffic shall stay south of the railroad tracks at an altitude of 2,300 FT MSL. Inbound traffic shall stay north of the railroad tracks at an altitude of 2,000 FT MSL.
Section 4 - Helicopter Operators
Unless in conflict with the Control Tower’s instructions, helicopter traffic should climb to a pattern altitude of 1,000 FT MSL. prior to crossing the Airport boundary. When approaching the Airport, maintain as high an altitude as practical and conduct as much of your decent within the Airport boundary as allowed by safe flight operations. When possible, over fly industrial areas, rail & utility corridors and roadways so as to avoid direct over flight of residential areas. When operating in the helicopter traffic pattern, maintain an altitude a high as possible and avoid over flying residential areas. If allowed by your flight profile and traffic conditions (i.e. low fixed wing traffic volume), please consider arriving and departing at the standard traffic pattern altitude.
Section 5 - Preferred Helicopter RoutesThe following routes are to be used to avoid noise sensitive areas surrounding the Manassas Regional Airport.
Arrivals from the Northeast (Tracks Route): An extension of existing helicopter Route 10 from Manassas to follow Route 28 South to intercept the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks west bound to Manassas Regional Airport.
Arrivals from the North: Helicopters arriving from the north should proceed over the Route 234 Bypass southbound to the Airport.
Arrivals from the South and Southeast (Lake Route): Helicopters inbound from the south, utilizing the recommended reporting point of Independent Hill and upon receiving clearance from ATC, should proceed direct to Lake Jackson, then proceed over the Route 234 Bypass and direct Manassas Regional Airport. Helicopters inbound from the east through southeast utilizing the recommended reporting point of Lake Jackson, should proceed direct Manassas Regional Airport upon receiving clearance from ATC.
Arrivals from the West and Southwest (Catlett Route): Helicopters utilizing the recommended reporting points of Bend or Nokesville should follow Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks, east to the Manassas Regional Airport.
Departures to the Northeast (Tracks Route): Helicopters departing to the north should follow the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks east to intersection of the railroad split (approximately two miles) before proceeding on course.
Departures to the North: Helicopters departing to the north should follow the Route 234 Bypass northbound.
Departures to the West and Southwest (Catlett Route): Helicopters departing west or southwest bound depart north following the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks west to Nokesville, before proceeding on course.
Departures to the East and Southeast: When Manassas Regional Airport is in a north operation, helicopters departing east or southeast bound, should depart via (Tracks Route) following the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks east to intersection of the railroad split (approximately two miles) before proceeding on course. When Manassas Regional Airport is in a south operation, helicopters departing east or southeast bound should depart direct (Lake Route) Lake Jackson before proceeding on course.
Helicopter Closed Traffic: Helicopters requesting touch and go, stop and go or low approach operations may be restricted to the east side of the Airport during peak air traffic operations. These operations may be executed on either the parallel taxiway or Runway 16L/34R.
Autorotation: Helicopters requesting autorotation practice may be restricted to the east side of the Airport, to Taxiway Bravo when Manassas Regional Airport is in a south operation or the proposed helipad abeam the T-hangars when in a north operation.
Section 6 - Engine Run-Up Operations for All Aircraft
Engine run-ups for maintenance and pre-flight purposes should be conducted in one of designated run-up pads which are adjacent to the ends of every runway on the Airport. If possible, attempt to orient the aircraft so that the majority of the sound produced is directed to the north, over the gateway business park. Avoid engine run-ups between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. whenever possible. Conduct run-ups at the minimum permissible RPM and be mindful of propeller synchronization when applicable.
Section 7 - Noise Complaint Procedures
When a noise complaint is received, the Airport will document it in a noise complaint log. A member of the Airport Staff will respond to the person who filed the original complaint. The noise complaint log will be kept up-to-date and will include the following information:
- Date of the noise complaint
- Time of the noise complaint
- Method of notification
- Type of disturbance
- Weather and runway conditions
- Callers remarks
- Information provided to caller
- If possible, the name and address of the person with the complaint
Section 8 - Noise Abatement AwarenessA brochure will be published to include information about this Noise Abatement Program. This will serve as a reminder of the program for persons using the Airport. The preferred departure and arrival routes for aircraft will also be included in this brochure, which can be distributed to pilots of rotorcraft or fixed-wing aircraft. The brochure can be kept inside the aircraft acting as a visual aide for the noise sensitive areas located around the airport.
A copy of this Noise Abatement Program will be available in the Airport Director’s Office. The office is located on the 2nd floor of the terminal building at 10600 Harry J Parrish Blvd, Manassas, VA 20110.
Section 9 - Noise Abatement HotlineManassas Regional Airport has a 24-hour noise abatement hotline. Individuals can notify Airport Staff of a noise event by calling (703) 257-2576. In addition, there is a complaint form available online. The hotline and the online form will ask the residents to leave the following information:
- Phone number
- Date and Time of noise event
- Type of complaint (low, loud, hovering, change in flight pattern, vibration, or frequent)
- Additional information about the event.
Section 10 - General Consideration
Adhere to the standard traffic pattern altitudes and arrival and departure procedures whenever possible. Avoid flying low and using non-standard departures (i.e. a low-altitude, high speed turn-outs, circling residential areas). Closely monitor R.P.M. settings to avoid excessive engine noise while in the traffic pattern. Please remember to fly safely and be neighborly.