We all have an impact on the environment around us. What impact does aviation have, and what is being done to reduce it?
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Since the first UK social survey of aircraft noise annoyance conducted at Heathrow in 1961, the CAA has undertaken many investigations into the extent and magnitude of community annoyance caused by aircraft noise. These have focused on the problems related to general aviation and helicopters as well as large civil aircraft.
Research has also included substantial studies into the impact of aircraft noise on sleep disturbance. The results of both the annoyance and sleep research studies have been taken into account by the Department for Transport (DfT) in the formulation of various governmental noise control policies and measures.
Recent tasks carried out for DfT's Aircraft Noise Monitoring Advisory Committee (ANMAC) have included the provision of data in support of a review of the aircraft noise limits around airports, and the assessment of night-time community noise intrusion caused by ground activities at airports.