Management of Noise Pollution
There were complaints from communities living around U-Tapao airport, in Chonburi province, about problems of noise pollution from THAI flight operation Airport of Thailand (AOT) requested cooperation from THAI and other airlines to find ways in which the impact from aircraft noise can be reduced. THAI recognizes the problems and frustration of the surrounding community, especially those located under the flight path. Therefore, THAI works to help reduce noise pollution using the following guidelines.
Appropriate flying techniques are used which the flight Training department has incorporated into the pilot training curriculum. Noise pollution can be avoided by setting flight paths that will not overfly cities or town centers, using noise abatement procedures, using engine power techniques for towing and stopping the aircraft, and using appropriate thrust reverser and continuous descent operations.
Six A380 aircraft joined the fleet replacing THAI’s older aircraft that contributed to noise pollution when descending. The A380 aircraft helps noise pollution reduction four times more efficiently than other long-range aircraft while having the capacity to carry 40 percent more passengers. THAI also joined with the Royal Thai Air Force Platoon 4 in Taklee to help build community relations by making regular visits to communities living around the airport. This helps develop and expand good relationships, giving people opportunities to voice their concerns on environmental problems. The information is used for developing appropriate flight operations to reduce the impact from aircraft noise.