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FAA Approval of Noise Compatibility Program; Lincoln Airport, Lincoln, NE

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Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.




The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its findings on the noise compatibility program submitted by the Lincoln Airport Authority under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. (the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act, hereinafter referred to as “the Act”) and 14 CFR part 150. These findings are made in recognition of the description of Federal and nonfederal responsibilities in Senate Report No. 96-52 (1980). On September 26, 2003, the FAA determined that the noise exposure maps submitted by the Lincoln Airport Authority under part 150 were in compliance with applicable requirements. On June 7, 2004, the FAA approved the Lincoln Airport noise compatibility program.Start Printed Page 44709

Seventeen measures were included in the Lincoln Airport Noise Compatibility Plan. Of the seventeen measures, fourteen were approved; one measure was approved in part and disapproved in part for the purposes of part 150; and two measures were disapproved pending submission of addition information. No program elements relating to new or revised flight procedures for noise abatement were proposed by the airport operator.


The effective date of the FAA's approval of the Lincoln Airport noise compatibility program is June 7, 2004.

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Mark Schenkelberg, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri, 64106. Documents reflecting this FAA action may be reviewed at this same location.

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This notice announces that the FAA has given its overall approval to the noise compatibility program for Lincoln Airport, effective June 7, 2004.

Under section 47504 of the Act, an airport operator who has previously submitted a noise exposure map may submit to the FAA a noise compatibility program which sets forth the measures taken or proposed by the airport operator for the reduction of existing non-compatible land uses and prevention of additional non-compatible land uses within the area covered by the noise exposure maps. The Act requires such programs to be developed in consultation with interested and affected parties including local communities, governmental agencies, airport users, and FAA personnel.

Each airport noise compatibility program developed in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) part 150 is a local program, not a Federal program. The FAA does not substitute its judgment for that of the airport proprietor with respect to which measures should be recommended for action. The FAA's approval or disapproval of FAR part 150 program recommendations is measured according to the standards expressed in part 150 and the Act and is limited to the following determinations:

a. The noise compatibility program was developed in accordance with the provisions and procedures of FAR part 150;

b. Program measures are reasonably consistent with achieving the goals of reducing existing non-compatible land uses around the airport and preventing the introduction of additional non-compatible land uses;

c. Program measures would not create an undue burden on interstate or foreign commerce, unjustly discriminate against types or classes of aeronautical uses, violate the terms of airport grant agreements, or intrude into areas preempted by the Federal Government; and

d. Program measures relating to the use of flight procedures can be implemented within the period covered by the program without derogating safety, adversely affecting the efficient use and management of the navigable airspace and air traffic control systems, or adversely affecting other powers and responsibilities of the Administrator prescribed by law.

Specific limitations with respect to FAA's approval of an airport noise compatibility program are delineated in FAR part 150, section 150.5. Approval is not a determination concerning the acceptability of land uses under Federal, state, or local law. Approval does not by itself constitute an FAA implementing action. A request for Federal action or approval to implement specific noise compatibility measures may be required, and an FAA decision on the request may require an environmental assessment of the proposed action. Approval does not constitute a commitment by the FAA to financially assist in the implementation of the program nor a determination that all measures covered by the program are eligible for grant-in-aid funding from the FAA. Where federal funding is sought, requests for project grants must be submitted to the FAA Regional Office in Kansas City, Missouri.

Lincoln Airport submitted to the FAA on February 18, 2003, the noise exposure maps, descriptions, and other documentation produced during the noise compatibility planning study conducted from February 2002 through February 2003. The Lincoln Airport noise exposure maps were determined by FAA to be in compliance with applicable requirements on September 26, 2003. Notice of this determination was published in the Federal Register on October 8, 2003 (68 FR 58162).

The Lincoln Airport study contains a proposed noise compatibility program comprised of actions designed for phased implementation by airport management and adjacent jurisdictions from the date of study completion to the year 2009. It was requested that the FAA evaluate and approve this material as a noise compatibility program as described in section 47504 of the Act. The FAA began its review of the program on December 10, 2003, and was required by a provision of the Act to approve or disapprove the program within 180 days (other than the use of new or modified flight procedures for noise control). Failure to approve or disapprove such program within the 180-day period shall be deemed to be an approval of such program.

The submitted program contained five Noise Abatement Elements, eight Land Use Management Elements, and four Program Management Elements. The FAA completed its review and determined that the procedural and substantive requirements of the Act and FAR part 150 have been satisfied. The overall program, therefore, was approved by the FAA effective June 7, 2004.

Outright approval was granted for all the Land Use Management Elements and Program Management Elements and for two of the Noise Abatement Elements. One Noise Abatement Element was approved in part and disapproved in part for purposes of part 150. Two Noise Abatement Elements were disapproved pending submission of additional information to make an informed analysis.

These determinations are set forth in detail in a Record of Approval signed by the FAA Associate Administrator of Airports on June 7, 2004. The Record of Approval, as well as other evaluation materials and the documents comprising the submittal, are available for review at the FAA office listed above and at the administrative offices of the Lincoln Airport. The Record of Approval also will be available on-line at​arp/​environmental/​14cfr150/​index14.cfm.

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Issued in Central Region, July 15, 2004.

George A. Hendon,

Manager, Airports Division.

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[FR Doc. 04-17020 Filed 7-26-04; 8:45 am]