Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - Aircraft Noise

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport provides important transporation services and supports jobs, business income and economic growth. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates the airport, understands that aircraft noise is a concern in surrounding communities. In order to be a good neighbor, the Airports Authority has worked through the years with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Federal Aviation Administration and others to provide the public with information on noise-related issues.  

The airport's Noise Information Office responds to comments, complaints and requests for information from individuals and organizations in communities across Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. Noise Information Office staff are available to attend community meetings and meet with homeowners associations and other groups in the region, including the McLean Citizens Association, Communities for Smart Airport Growth, Palisades Citizens Association, Radnor Fort Myers Association, and the National Organization to Insure a Sound Controlled Environment.

The airport Noise Information Office monitors aircraft noise along the Potomac River flight path and in nearby communities. Flight paths, flight times, altitudes and other aircraft movements are established and directed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which also operates the nation's Air Traffic Control system.

Under Reagan National Airport's nighttime noise rule, established in the 1980s, certain aircraft that are prone to higher noise output - as determined by FAA-approved configurations related to aircraft type, weight and engine model - may not take off or land at Reagan National between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. However, most modern passenger jets comply with the regulations and are permitted to fly during the nighttime hours.

Click here for more information about the nighttime noise rule at Reagan National.

In addtion to the airport Noise Information Office, FAA's Noise Ombudsman Office can provide additional information for those concerned about aircraft noise.

    PublicVue - The Airports Authority's Upgraded Online Flight Tracking and Noise Monitoring System

    The Airports Authority maintains an aircraft flight tracking and noise monitoring system. Noise monitors are located along the primary flight corridors. The ability to measure aircraft and community noise at these locations helps the Airports Authority to better understand noise impacts in the community.

    PublicVue brings these features to residents with internet access:

    • View flight tracks. Plot your desired location and view flight tracks on PublicVue in near-real time (10 minute delay). You can also use historical mode to track flights that occurred in the past.
    • View historical noise data. Noise data collected today is available on PublicVue the following day.
    • File noise complaints online. You will be asked to register your name and place of residence and create a username and password to use this function.

    The upgraded PublicVue application significantly reduced the processing time previously needed to view flight tracks. Users can now view flight activity in near-real time, versus the previous 24-hour data delay. The application consists of four tabs (Home, Complaint, Flight Tracking, Contact Us) found on the top portion of the screen. Each tab opens a page with instructions on how to provide or access information.

    Noise Measurement Information
    The noise level depicted at the monitor location on the website is updated every second and reflects community noise from non-aircraft sources as well as overflights. Community noise can consist of vehicle traffic, lawn mowers, storm activity, etc.

    Click below to enter PublicVue. You will be leaving the Airports Authority's Website.

    PublicVue for Reagan National Airport

    Telephone Contact Also Available 

    In addition to completing a noise complaint via PublicVue, citizens are welcome to voice their concerns about aircraft noise at 703-417-1204. The Airports Authority's Noise Abatement Staff is available to discuss noise concerns during business hours. Callers are welcome to leave a voicemail message after hours or on weekends.