A Little Less Noise near the Airport

Anyone who lives near an airport may get used to the sweet lullaby of planes taking off and landing, but it doesn't mean they necessarily...
by Tina Trenkner | December 1, 2009 AT 5:06 PM

Anyone who lives near an airport may get used to the sweet lullaby of planes taking off and landing, but it doesn't mean they necessarily appreciate it. Long Beach Airport limits its number of daily commercial flights in order to cut down on noise. And in a few months, 27 households near the airport may soon have even more peace and quiet at home. The airport is joining with a number of others that have partnered with design firm C&S Companies to implement its QuieterHome program, which minimizes noise inside homes by retrofitting them with sound-reducing windows, doors and insulation. Other communities around the nation have or have had similar programs where homes in a certain region can be retrofitted. Eligible homeowners in Long Beach can submit an application for these improvements, paid for by the Federal Aviation Administration, passenger facility charges and airport revenue. The first 10 homes have had an initial assessment, and improvements on those homes are scheduled for completion by May 2010. An official hopes the work for all 27 of the homes will be completed in 2011. Thumbnail image by BobMcInnes, though a Creative Commons license.