Right to Quiet Society Noiseletter
Winter 2012, page 4

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Vintners want quiet

Wine growers fear loss of many customers. The vintners of Hochheim, Germany, demanded strict action against aircraft noise in a meeting with the director of the chancery. For generations the vintners were settled in the area of Hochheim and nearby Floersheim-Wicker, unable to move elsewhere, as they cannot take their vineyards to other regions. The vineyards in the outdoors, located in the noise corridor of the aeroplanes headed for Frankfurt, is their daily workplace. The vintners’ inns in their yards

are turned into “noise tents” unacceptable for the clients. That leads to an enormous loss of customers. The aircraft noise destroys the concept of the planned Terroir trail, intended to showcase to leisure walkers in the vineyards the beauty and history of a unique wine-growing scenery. The vintners insist on a strict ban of night-flights, relocating flight paths to less inhabited areas and fewer flights over the wine-growing region.
- Darmstaedter Echo

“Fly Quiet Awards” given to three airlines by YVR

For fifteen years, the Chief Pilot’s Meeting has been held to share important information about operating success-fully at YVR; participants include pilots, air traffic controllers, regulators, and Vancouver Airport Authority staff. Each year, three airlines are given YVR Fly Quiet Awards in three categories: wide-body jet, narrow-body jet, and propeller/rotary wing aircraft. This year the winners were Japan Airlines, US Airways, and Pacific Coastal Airlines, respectively; on April 27, 2011 they received their citations at the Chief Pilot’s Meeting.
In order to win an award, “an airline must have the lowest average annual noise levels during the previous year in their category and must not have any outstanding noise violations at YVR.”

Airport noise is a significant concern for both YVR and its surrounding community. As such, these awards encourage airlines to fly in and out of this airport as quietly as possible.
- Skytalk, November, 2010

Editor’s note: YVR (Vancouver International Airport) was careful not to mention the actual sound-levels of the qualifying aircraft, to tell just how quiet they really are. We asked for this information and were referred to a website of the ICAO. The fact that we were not simply given the decibel readings leads us to suspect that the levels are not really low enough to deserve praise.

Ground Run-up Enclosure at YVR

On April 12, 2011, Vancouver Airport Authority announced plans to build a state-of-the-art Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE). This facility is the first of its kind in Canada and will mitigate noise from engine run-ups on the surrounding communities by absorbing and redirecting sound away from residential areas. Located on the south side of the airport, the main users of the facility will be

twin propeller commuter aircraft. Construction of the GRE and adjoining apron began in April 2011 and is slated for completion in December 2011.
Further information on the YVR website.

At last checking there was no new information posted.

Blackbirds and traffic noise

Songbirds rely on their unique communication skills to attract mates, find food and defend their territory. But recently, concerns have been raised about how these birds cope when subjected to urban noise pollution. New research by Dr. David Wilson, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor, has found that one bird in particular has adapted its song to be heard above the din. The Red-winged Blackbird can be found in pristine marsh areas, as well as living by the side of busy highways.

When the songs of both populations were compared, those living with traffic noise produced songs with more tonality - deeper and more whistle-like. This enables the song to carry further and be heard by other red-winged blackbirds through the noise of cars and trucks. They change the tonal quality of their song even when noise is artificially played to them. The birds are able to return to a normal song in the absence of traffic noise.

Settlement in case of wind-farm noise

An energy company has settled a High Court action for damages with a couple who said they had been driven out of their home by "unbearable" noise from a wind farm. The decision to settle by EDF could have implications for other wind farms and those in the planning stages over where turbines are sited. Jane and Julian Davis said the "whoom, whoom, whoom" and the low-frequency hum

of the blades forced them to leave their farm in Deeping Street, Nicholas, Lincolnshire, in 2006. The Davis' began a 2.5 million pound compensation action claiming that the sound disrupted their sleep, made them feel ill and was so severe it warranted a reduction in Council tax. In July, they became the first people in Britain to take a noise complaint against wind farms to the High Court.

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