Federal Aviation Administration's Aviation Noise Ombudsman


The Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 1996 required the FAA Administrator to appoint an Aviation Noise Ombudsman (see below). According to the Act the ombudsman shall "serve as a liaison with the public on issues regarding aircraft noise" and "be consulted when the Administrator proposes changes in aircraft routes so as to minimize any increases in aircraft noise over populated areas." The Aviation Noise Ombudsman is charged by the FAA with performing the following duties:

On June 20, 1997, the Ombudsman issued an initial public report of Ombudsman activity covering the period from January 6 through June 6, 1997. Since then other reports have been prepared, but none apparently after 1999.


Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-264)

SEC. 1210. AIRCRAFT NOISE OMBUDSMAN.

Section 106, as amended by section 230 of this Act, is further amended by adding at the end the following:

``(q) Aircraft Noise Ombudsman.--
``(1) Establishment.--There shall be in the Administration an Aircraft Noise Ombudsman.
``(2) General duties and responsibilities.--The Ombudsman shall--

``(A) be appointed by the Administrator;
``(B) serve as a liaison with the public on issues regarding aircraft noise; and
``(C) be consulted when the Administration proposes changes in aircraft routes so as to minimize any increases in aircraft noise over populated areas.
``(3) Number of full-time equivalent employees.--The appointment of an Ombudsman under this subsection shall not result in an increase in the number of full-time equivalent employees in the Administration.''.