Conferees Omit Provision Establishing Navy Jet Noise Reduction Program

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Conferees hashing out the final version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill opted to leave out language calling for the Navy to study ways to reduce the impact of jet noise on host communities and, instead, urged DOD to fully resource existing efforts to address aircraft noise. “The conferees are aware of ongoing jet noise reduction programs by the Department of Defense and believe that reducing noise levels from aviation and other aircraft in communities near military installations should continue to be a priority for the DOD,” according to the joint explanatory statement accompanying the bill’s conference report.The provision in the House version, section 220F, would have authorized the Office of Naval Research to carry out a jet noise reduction program to:identify material and non-material solutions;develop and apply solutions to the Navy fleet;communicate its findings to the civil aviation community; andsupport the development of noise models, prediction tools, noise control strategies and diagnostic tools.But rather than adding a new statute, the conferees said in the explanatory statement they support the Navy’s current noise reduction program: “The conferees understand the Navy will continue this program to guide the design of future noise-control systems for naval aviation systems to reduce the impact on communities adjacent to military facilities and the environment, like those in Washington, California and Florida.” They also noted that the legislation authorizes an additional $2 million for jet noise reduction efforts.Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathisonlast_img read more