Innovative facility significantly reduces engine testing noise for
RICHMOND, BC, Jan. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Vancouver Airport Authority today
officially opened Canada's first Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE), a
massive three-sided steel facility that will reduce noise from engine
run-ups conducted as part of regular aircraft maintenance.
The $12-million facility, which stands as tall as a five-storey building
and is located adjacent to YVR's South Terminal, will cut engine run-up
noise heard in nearby residential neighbourhoods by up to half. The 67-
by 80-metre enclosure will provide time and fuel efficiencies to air
carriers operating out of Airport South by reducing taxiing distances
and time. It will also offer environmental benefits with a glycol
recovery system for de-icing of propeller aircraft during winter
"We're proud to open Canada's first GRE; it's a project that
demonstrates our commitment to serving our community, our business
partners and the environment," said Anne Murray, Vice President,
Community and Environmental Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority.
"We're very aware that our 24-hour operations are key to YVR remaining
a major employer and economic generator for the region; and we also
recognize that we need to be a good neighbour. This noise-reduction
project is part of that commitment.
The GRE effectively re-directs noise up rather than out, while also
absorbing it with specialized panels perforated by several louvered
vents for aerodynamic purposes. It is the first structure of its kind
at a Canadian commercial airport, and is an integral component in YVR's
Noise Management Plan.
"We are extremely pleased to see this project come to fruition as it
will offer significant benefits to people living near the airport,"
said Margot Spronk, with YVR's Aeronautical Noise Management Committee.
"Given YVR's unique geographic location, it's encouraging to see
Vancouver Airport Authority take an innovative and proactive approach
to noise management by reducing community impacts."
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
Transport Canada mandates engine run-ups 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 after
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 approximately 17 million
passengers in 2011 and handled more than 296,000 aircraft landings and
take-offs on its runways. Sixty-two airlines serve YVR, connecting
people and businesses to 99 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.
Image with caption: "Vancouver Airport Authority opens Canada's first Ground Run-up Enclosure to reduce aircraft engine testing noise in the community. (l to r: From Vancouver Airport Authority: Anne Murray, VP Community and Environmental Affairs; Larry Berg, President and CEO; Mary Jordan, Chair) (CNW Group/Vancouver Airport Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120111_C3447_PHOTO_EN_8828.jpg
Image with caption: "Vancouver Airport Authority opens Canada's first Ground Run-up Enclosure to reduce aircraft engine testing noise in the community. (l to r: Anne Murray, YVR; Quentin Smith, Pacific Coastal Airlines; Mary Jordan, YVR; Margot Spronk, YVR Aeronautical Noise Management Committee; Larry Berg, YVR; and Alec Garcia, Blast Deflectors Inc.) (CNW Group/Vancouver Airport Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120111_C3447_PHOTO_EN_8829.jpg
SOURCE Vancouver Airport Authority
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