State-of-the-art facility to reduce aircraft noise in the community
RICHMOND, BC, April 12 /CNW/ - Vancouver Airport Authority today
announced details of Canada's first Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE), a
state-of-the-art facility designed to minimize noise from engine
run-ups that are conducted as part of regular aircraft maintenance
The $12-million facility, to be located adjacent to YVR's South
Terminal, will reduce the engine run-up noise heard in nearby
neighbourhoods by up to 50 per cent, while providing time and fuel
efficiencies to air carriers operating out of Airport South and overall
environmental benefits to the entire region.
"We are incredibly pleased to embark on such a leading-edge project that
not only demonstrates a commitment to our neighbours, but also to our
operators and our natural environment," said Anne Murray, Vice
President, Community and Environmental Affairs, Vancouver Airport
Authority. "Vancouver Airport Authority is committed to managing
airport noise, balancing the community's desire for safe, convenient,
24-hour air travel with urban living,"
The GRE is a three-sided, open-roofed enclosure, as tall as a
five-storey building and built with noise-absorbing panels and
perforated by several louvered vents for aerodynamic purposes. The GRE
is designed to reduce engine run-up noise by absorbing and channelling
sound up rather than out.
In addition to noise abatement, the GRE will provide a glycol recovery
and containment area during winter de-icing operations. The GRE will
also provide fuel and time efficiencies and reduce greenhouse gas
emissions for Airport South operators who no longer need to taxi to the
designated run-up area at the west end of Sea Island.
"We have been studying the social, economic and environmental benefits
of a GRE for the past three years as part of our comprehensive Noise
Management Plan," Murray said. "YVR's engine-testing enclosure will be
one of the largest construction projects undertaken on the airport's
South side in recent years and will offer our community significant
benefits for years to come."
YVR's Noise Management Program focuses on initiatives that address
aircraft noise in the community, including published noise abatement
procedures, community noise information seminars, an airport noise
monitoring and flight tracking system and a complaint management and
Engine run-ups are mandatory by Transport Canada as part of stringent
maintenance and safety standards that require operators to test engines
and their components before an aircraft is put back into service. More
than seven per cent of noise complaints received by YVR are related to
Construction of the Ground Run-up Enclosure and adjoining apron will
begin in April 2011 and is slated for completion in December 2011.
About Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit
organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Canada's second busiest airport, YVR served 16.8 million passengers in
2010 and handled more than 293,000 aircraft landings and take-offs on
its runways. Sixty-seven airlines serve YVR, connecting people and
businesses to 119 destinations in Canada, the U.S. and around the
world. The Airport Authority is committed to creating an airport that
British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global gateway, local
economic generator and community contributor.
SOURCE Vancouver Airport Authority
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