Potential changes in aircraft noise sound quality due to continuous descent approaches

Abhishek Sahai, Miguel Yael Pereda Albarran, Mirjam Snellen

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This paper presents an analysis of how flying Continuous Descent Approaches (CDAs) can affect the quality of sounds that aircraft produce in airport vicinities. It is well known that CDAs present potential benefits in terms of community noise impact with reductions in excess of 5 dBA in peak noise levels. It is however unclear if these reductions in A-weighted level, which is a poor predictor of perceived annoyance, also correspond to an improvement in the quality of the aircraft sounds that reach the residents on the ground. A real comparison can only be made by comparing the sounds an aircraft produces while flying a CDA with a standard approach procedure. A short-range and a long-range aircraft are simulated to fly a standard approach procedure and a CDA with 3, 4, and 5 degree glideslope angle. The noise produced over both approach procedures is then auralized at representative ground locations, and the sounds are analyzed for changes in sound quality. Quantifying the changes in the aircraft sounds in terms of sound quality metrics provides much clearer information regarding how the sound the residents hear has changed, and if the CDAs actually result in an improved sound quality and hence lower annoyance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3688-3688
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event3rd Joint Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the European Acoustics Association - Boston, United States
Duration: 25 Jun 201729 Jun 2017
Conference number: 3

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