Run-up Noise Study, Vancouver International Airport

The Vancouver Airport Authority (the Authority) commissioned HMMH to evaluate current engine run-up procedures at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and recommend additional remedies for run-up noise. The Study focused on the four primary locations for existing and future run-ups outside of the Ground Run-up Enclosure.

HMMH collected information on current run-ups at YVR from the current run-ups procedures document and run-up logs maintained by the Authority and evaluated the effectiveness of current run-up procedures in reducing community noise exposure. The results of this analysis indicated that the Authority’s current run-up procedures effectively limit run-up noise. Several additional potential remedies were identified to address possible unforeseen increases in run-up activity or changes to the fleet of aircraft conducting run-ups. HMMH evaluated these remedies, including changes to run-up locations, the construction of noise barriers, and the extension of night-time run-up restrictions into the evening hours, for their potential downsides as well as for their effectiveness in reducing noise.

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