Community Programs and Noise
Learn more about the Airport Community Roundtable.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that manages all aspects of civil aviation. This includes the construction and operation of airports and the management of air traffic. The FAA, which operates a network of airport towers, air route traffic control centers, and flight service stations, develops air traffic rules, allocates the use of airspace, and provides for the security control of air traffic to meet national defense requirements.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport is owned and operated by the City of Charlotte and follows FAA regulations and rules. The Airport operates as an enterprise fund and is financially self-sustaining. No general fund revenues are appropriated to the cost of facilities or operation.
Approximately 1500 daily operations (arrivals and departures) take place at CLT. This includes commercial, general aviation and military aircraft, making Charlotte Douglas the 5th busiest airport in the nation and 6th busiest in the world.
History of the Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Program (NCP)
Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR), Part 150, Airport Noise Compatibility Program (NCP) is the primary federal regulation guiding and controlling planning for aviation noise compatibility on and around airports. It uses a balanced approach to mitigate the noise impacts of airports upon their neighbors while protecting or increasing both airport access and capacity as well as maintaining the efficiency of the national aviation system.
Implementation of noise compatibility planning is delegated to the FAA.
The Part 150 establishes procedures, standards and methodologies to be used by airport operators for the preparation of Airport Noise Exposure Maps (NEM) and Airport Noise Compatibility Programs (NCP). NCPs require airports to show what measures the airport operator has taken or proposes to take to reduce non-compatible land uses and for preventing the introduction of additional non-compatible uses within the area covered by the airport’s NEM. The program acts as an analytical tool while also guiding coordinated efforts essential to responding to changes in both aviation and the local environment. An airport’s NEM is a basic element of the NCP.
Each airport’s program is unique to that airport’s operations. Airports are required by the FAA to submit FAR Part 150 NCP to FAA for review and approval.
Part 150 - Airport Noise Compatibility Planning
CLT’s Noise Program
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) began to implement its federally-approved FAR Part 150 NCP in 1987.
The program was designed to use various methods to mitigate noise impact. Since the NCP’s inception, the Airport has spent more than $67 million in the local community, which includes home buyout, noise abatement, noise mitigation and rezoning property to uses compatible with CLT.
To date, nearly 1,000 homes, six churches and three schools have been insulated. Additionally, almost 400 properties in high noise zones, including mobile home parks, have been purchased by the Airport.
Noise Exposure and Contour Maps
Noise Overlay District Map
2020 Noise Contour Map
2015 Noise Contour Map
As part of the Airport’s adopted Part 150 Noise Compatibility Program, CLT deploys noise monitors at permanent sites around the Airport. The Airport monitors roughly 10 permanent sites for a period of one to two weeks every quarter. This monitoring is used to help verify the Noise Contours on the current Noise Exposure Maps.
The Airport’s Role in Flight Operations
Charlotte Douglas International Airport does not manage the
National Air Space nor the scheduling or movements of aircraft.
The FAA manages the
National Air Space and aircraft flight routes.
Airline operations are controlled by the airlines.
The Airport has historically supported aircraft dispersion when possible.
It is the FAA’s role to determine routes, and it considers security, safety and efficiency when making those decisions.
The Airport’s Aircraft Procedures and Guidelines
Typical air traffic direction (Arrivals and Departures) at CLT is a North or South Flow. Criteria used include the condition of the airfield, winds and weather conditions.
North Operation - Normal Daytime
South Operation - Normal Daytime
Flight Tracker Tool and Public Portal
In August 2016, Charlotte Douglas International Airport launched a new informational tool for citizens. The
Flight Tracker public portal provides the public access to flight data and flight tracks around CLT.
This system allows for better reporting and more timely information related to aircraft flight patterns.
How to File a Noise Complaint
In a continuing attempt to maintain an efficient and responsive Noise Compatibility Program at CLT, the complaint process has been made more accessible and responsive. You can ask questions or file noise complaints using any of the methods below. To file a noise complaint, you must include your name, street address, city, state and zip code. Any noise complaints that do not include all of this information will not be recorded or responded to.
1. You can click on the below link to submit a web complaint:
2. You can call in a complaint to: 704-359-HEAR (4327)
3. You can mail a complaint to:
Kevin M. Hennessey
Community Programs Manager
PO Box 19066
Charlotte, NC 28219
When making a complaint, a specific date and time of the aircraft noise disturbance is very useful.
At the request of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is convening the Airport Community Roundtable (ACR). This new broad-based community initiative will provide input into airport-related noise impacts and find, where possible, practical solutions and recommendations for the FAA to consider when determining aircraft operating procedures at CLT.
Meetings will provide an opportunity into developing technical operating recommendations rather than providing a general public discussion forum. Revisions to existing operating procedures are expected to be considered by the ACR, yet there is no guarantee of operational changes.
The FAA has worked with other airports on similar initiatives producing a variety of outcomes including flight routing modifications and alternative runway utilization schedules.
Membership will be comprised of 23 representatives from across Charlotte, Mecklenburg County cities and towns, and Mecklenburg, Gaston and York Counties. The ACR Mission Statement and Guidelines and FAQs are available for review.
Currently, all Airport Community Roundtable positions are filled with the exception of a representative of Mint Hill, NC. If you are resident of Mint Hill and would like to be considered for participation in the Airport Community Roundtable, please email Stuart Hair at
firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
The first meeting of the ACR was on 6 PM June 7, 2017. The meeting Agenda along with the presentation and minutes are available for review.
The second meeting of the ACR will be on 6 PM July 12, 2017. The meeting agenda is available for review.