Federal requirements for involuntary noise mitigation programs passed by Congress in 1990 have made it very difficult for airports to impose mandatory restrictions. Airports with mandatory restrictions imposed those programs before the law went into effect.
Under current standards, in order for our noise abatement program to be a formal program, the Airport would have to demonstrate to the FAA that the voluntary program was not adequate to mitigate noise impacts in surrounding areas and therefore justify an access restriction. A recent update to the Airport’s noise contours show a significant reduction in noise exposure, based on the FAA’s metrics. This is largely due to the change to quieter, more modern aircraft. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that the FAA would approve any mandatory measures at Boca Raton Airport.