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FAA News for July

July 15, 2022

FAA News for July

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to work on improvements for airports and nearby bu8ildings. All the FAA's news releases can be found at https://www.faa.gov/newsroom.

Improving Airport Infrastructure
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s FAA awarded grants to build safer, more accessible airports across the country. The second round of the 2022 Airport Improvement Program (AIP) awards includes 416 grants to airports across the United States to fund a variety of projects such as construction of new and improved airport facilities, repairs to runways and taxiways, maintenance of airfield elements like lighting or signage, and purchasing equipment needed to operate and maintain airports. Please visit https://www.faa.gov/newsroom/faa-awards-518-million-improve-critical-airport-infrastructure for the complete release.

Guidelines for Sound Insulation
The FAA now has updated guidelines on how to develop and implement sound insulation programs to mitigate sound exposure to homes, schools, and medical and other facilities near airports. The circular, Guidelines for Sound Insulation of Structures Exposed to Aircra Noise, provides standards, processes and procedures, and guidelines for all phases of developing and implementing a sound insulation program. It also has technical updates on program development, including property surveys, acoustic engineering principles and testing methods, establishing boundaries, and determining noise level reductions. Principal changes outline details on roles and responsibilities; procedures for program initiation through com pletion; standards for acoustic testing, funding opportunities, and project costs; and considerations for community outreach, project phasing, and sound insulation treatments. The FAA considers the standards and processes described in this advisory circular essential for the fidelity of sound insulation programs; however, it does not constitute a regulation. The benefits and usefulness of these guidelines are unaffected by FAA’s ongoing noise policy review. Airports with established sound insulation programs should consult with FAA regarding changes to ongoing sound insulation programs that may require re-evaluation. Please visit https://www.faa.gov/newsroom/faa-updates-guidelines-sound-insulation-programs-near-airports to read more.