Airport noise study opens for public review

People can soon provide public comments on Martha's Vineyard Airport's noise study. —Eunki Seonwoo

The Martha’s Vineyard Airport announced it will be holding a public information meeting regarding an ongoing noise compatibility study. 

The open-house style workshop will be held on Tuesday, Oct, 10, from 6 to 8 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport Terminal. 

The airport conducted a noise study to create a noise exposure map, to understand and address future impacts. Two maps were made using the gathered data — including average sound levels during the day and night, FAA records, and the airport’s flight-tracking data, among others — that looked at current conditions alongside forecast noise conditions up to 2028. This is a voluntary program done through a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

The public comment period for the draft noise exposure map is open from Friday, Oct. 6, through Monday, Nov. 6. The report can be found on the study website, but paper copies will also be available at the airport, Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission offices, or the West Tisbury library. 

Written comments can be submitted to the project manager by email at or by mail to HMMH, 700 District Ave., Suite 800, Burlington, MA 01803, attn: K. Larson. All written comments will be added to the final noise exposure map submission to the FAA.

According to the announcement, the study team conducted a noise measurement program during the peak season, and assessed the airport’s current voluntary noise-abatement program, also known as Fly Friendly, which encourages pilots to minimize noise over residential areas. The study team conducted measurements at 10 residential locations from July 10 to 18, with more than 185 hours of noise-measurement data collected at three “primary measurement locations,” and 48 to 120 hours collected at seven secondary locations. 

More information is available at


  1. Looks like the noise study could not have studied the noise south of the Edgartown West Tisbury Road nor north of the State Forest in Wes Tisbury where dusk operations produce excessive noise in these residential neighborhoods. The data of the small sample of study locations is so buried in the report as to make it almost impossible to find or decipher. The noise measurements do NOT quantify the character of the sound of loud jet engines landing and taking off during this period adversely impacting the homeowners… how about also studying

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