This blog is about dealing with the noise/sound around us. We live in an increasingly noisy world. For some of us, this is a painful, annoying, stressful experience. This blog will look at noise, at noise pollution, at dealing with noise, at distinguishing noise and sound, and related ideas.

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  1. Kate Barber says:

    I’ve posted on most of your other pages but just to say this is a great blog, on a subject (not always comfortably) close to my heart.

  2. robertneff says:

    Wish St. Petersburg, Florida could get into a study like this. Here is our issue. I have reversed engineered the data and made starting discoveries that the police have not issued any noise citations to businesses from 2009-2016, while residents have called 27,636 total times. > Noise pollution ordinance in St Petersburg wastes resident’s tax dollars http://www.fifthworldart.com/noise-pollution-ordinance-in-st-petersburg-wastes-residents-tax-dollars.asp

  3. Hadn’t heard of the “noise curmudgeon” before. Please not what’s going on in the world of jet engines, which is VERY exciting–such as the Pratt & Whitney PW1100GTF engine that is 75% quieter and is already in use on the new Airbus A320neo (49 shipped to 20 airlines already), or of the exciting work that’s being done on electric aircraft engines, or of the fact that half of the new Airbus A320neo’s have an alternative engine, the CFMI Leap 1A http://atwonline.com/blog/hotter-leap-or-gtf developed by CFM International, a joint venture between the French company Safran and (wait for it….) GE(!): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CFM_International_LEAP.

    In other words, GE (Boeing’s main supplier of jet engines) has finally gotten the message that their jet engines need to improve or both GE and Boeing will continue to lose market share to Airbus. But please note: the CFMI Leap is NOT noise-rated (unlike the PW1100GTF, which is noise-rated). In other words, we have no idea whether, when we see an Airbus A320neo (currently in the fleets of 11 airlines, but only two of which are US-based, Frontier and Spirit) will be quieter, because airlines have TWO engine options to choose from and since no airports in the USA actually require aircraft to be quieter (note: this is a requirement at many airports elsewhere in the world, just not in the USA), it may occur that the appearance of A320neo’s in the fleets of America’s airlines may NOT lead to quieter neighborhoods near our airports.

    But the commercial availability of the A320neo and of the PW1100GTF jet engine suggest that people who object to aircraft noise can now focus on getting airlines to adopt quieter aircraft. This may be a strategic alternative for advocacy groups that could produce meaningful noise reductions. Certainly complaining to FAA about noise over the past 40 years has failed to achieve much of anything.

    David M. Sykes
    vice chair
    The Quiet Coalition

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