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Boca Raton Airport and Aircraft Noise

When moving to a new home it is important to understand the implications of air traffic. 

It is important to visit your potential home to see if the aircraft activity is compatible with your way of life.

A little about the Boca Raton Airport:

  • The Boca Raton Airport is located east of interstate 95, between Glades Rd. and Spanish River Blvd.
  • The airport has one runway named 5/23. This runway name is determined by its heading. This means that the runway at the Boca Raton Airport has a compass heading of 50 degrees one direction and 230 degrees other, which is roughly a northeast or southwest. The runway position plays an important part in determining aircraft traffic.
  • The Boca Raton Airport has an Air Traffic Control Tower which is open from 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM. When the tower is open, aircraft receive take off and landing clearance and directional guidance from the air traffic controller. When the tower is closed, the airport is still open and aircraft “self announce” their intentions. This means they talk to each other over the radio to ensure that they fly safely.
  • The airport is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The airport has a voluntary curfew from 10:00 PM – 7:00 AM, however this program is strictly voluntary, and the Airport is unable to enforce any mandatory access restrictions.

Boca Raton Airport Noise Abatement | Links of Interest

New Home Buyer Presentation
PublicVue Flight Tracking
2016 – 2017 Aircraft Noise Contour Report

What causes airport noise?

Low flying aircraft can be noisy. Unfortunately, low flying aircraft near an airport are inevitable. Certain areas will see more low flying aircraft than others however. It is also important to understand that different phases of flight produce different noise problems.

Take-Offs

When an aircraft is departing, the aircraft is able to gain altitude quickly. These higher aircraft are less noisy, and tend to be less bothersome further away from the airport. Departing aircraft also have much more flexibility in direction of flight after take-off. This means departing aircraft may be observed over a wider area, but also allows for a greater ability to follow the Airport’s voluntary noise abatement departure headings.

Departures are the loudest phase of flight, due to the aircraft engines being at their highest power. This can be offset with the aircraft’s ability to climb quickly. If your potential home is in a common departure path, it is important for you to weigh the pros and cons of aircraft noise during departure.

Landings

Aircraft on approach to land at the Boca Raton Airport have very little flexibility with their direction of flight as they begin to align themselves with the runway. This leads to a much higher concentration of aircraft. While this concentration of flight paths can extend several miles from the airports, it becomes more dense the closer in to the airport you are. This phase of flight is also the one that sees aircraft at their lowest altitude which can have a negative impact on noise levels on the ground.

It is important to the different noise characteristics of arriving and departing aircraft, as the direction the aircraft are arriving or departing from will change based on weather.

Home Buying Tips 

Visit the home multiple times, on different days, at different times – This will increase your chances at experiencing aircraft flights overhead to see what impact it would have on daily life. Make sure to visit the inside as well as the outside of the house during these visits. Make sure the realtor doesn’t persuade you to visit during off-peak times or just times that are convenient to the realtor.

Be specific and be sure to ask your realtor, the neighbors, and the current owner if possible, about aircraft noise. Also inquire about any existing complaints or easements attached to the house deed. Read the easement so you are aware of noise complaint procedures.

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