In 1990, the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority implemented a new noise abatement program designed to minimize the impact of aircraft noise from SRQ on the surrounding communities. The airport is located between the cities of Bradenton and Sarasota, on the county line separating Manatee and Sarasota County. The areas located to the north, west and south of SRQ are primarily residential.
The noise abatement program applies to all jet aircraft and all aircraft with a GTOW over 25,000 lbs.
Noise Abatement Information for Pilots:
Noise Abatement Departure Procedures (SIDs)
Standard Noise Abatement Climb Profile : AC 91-53
Nighttime Noise Restrictions:
There are nighttime noise restrictions implemented at SRQ. Repeat offenders failing to comply with these restrictions can be fined by the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority.
Aircraft identified by FAR Part 36 as Stage 2 aircraft are prohibited from departing after 10:00 p.m. and before 7:00 a.m. Stage 2 Aircraft are not prohibited from departing after 10 p.m. if they have been legitimately delayed by mechanical, weather, or air traffic control problems. A $5000 fine has been authorized for violations of this resolution.
Prohibition of non-emergency run-ups between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Required use of noise-free Ground Power Units between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
No training operations between midnight and 6:00 a.m.
The airport operates a Noise Monitoring and Flight Tracking System to analyze compliance to the noise abatement departure procedures. Offenders will be identified and contacted for explanation of their non-compliance to the procedures.
For more information, contact the Environmental Technician at (941) 359-5200 x4206 or Operations at (941) 359-5200.
Noise Standards: Aircraft Type and Airworthiness Certification: Code of Federal Regulations
Most common air carrier aircraft:
Stage 3 Aircraft Airbus A300/A310/A320/A330/A340
Boeing 717 - All series
Boeing 727 - All series with hushkits
Boeing 737-200 - with hushkits
Boeing 747 - All series
Boeing 757 - All series
Boeing 767 - All series
Boeing 777 - All series
British Aerospace 146 - All series
Fokker F100 - All series
Lockheed Tri Star L1011
McDonnell-Douglas MD-11 - All series
McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 - All series
Noise Abatement Information for Non-Pilots:
Procedures Over Manatee County:
Departing jet aircraft are required to make climbing left turn after take-off and fly to intercept the SRQ4 R-268 westbound heading over Sarasota Bay or as assigned by ATC. Expect radar vectors to join assigned route. Maintain 3000' or ATC assigned altitude. Expect clearance to filed altitude (10) minutes after departure. Take-Off Minimums: ATC climb of 500 feet per NM to 500.
Turbo-Jet Aircraft DO NOT turn prior to departure end of runway 32
Most arriving aircraft will be aligned with the runway as far out as 5 miles (Cortez Road), but some aircraft may already be on their final leg over Anna Maria Island, or may perform a short approach from the north-east. There is no standard arrival procedure that pilots have to follow.
Procedures Over Sarasota County:
Departing jet aircraft will fly a runway heading (south-east) until they reach an altitude of 3,000 feet. Tampa Air Traffic Control will then instruct pilots to turn on course, northbound for the majority of SRQ's flights. There is no standard left or right turn, however, most flight turn right towards the Gulf of Mexico for air traffic purposes.
Arriving aircraft do not have a standard arrival procedure to follow. Tampa and Sarasota Air Traffic Control will instruct the pilots to land at their discretion on a visual approach. ATC will direct aircraft further south over Sarasota before turning inbound on their final approach leg only in marginal weather or when more than one aircraft is in the landing pattern.
The primary focus for pilots during the flight is the safety of their aircraft. Pilots have full authority on their aircraft while in flight. If during take-off or landing, a situation occurs that may potentially jeopardize the flight, the pilot can deviate from all procedure and will take necessary action to recover from the situation. Such occurrences do happen at SRQ when aircraft performances are reduced by hot and humid air; pilots will delay a turn after take-off until a safe altitude is reached.
The primary purpose of the Air Traffic Control Tower (ATC) is to maintain adequate separation between aircraft, whether airliners or single-engine propeller aircraft. The tower will give pilots instructions that may deviate them from the proper course in order to keep them away from another aircraft.
Finally, pilots will often request ATC permission to deviate from noise abatement departure procedures if there is some thunderstorm activity in the area and the procedure would take the aircraft towards the storm cell.
Nighttime Noise Restrictions:
There is a restriction on departure for certain types of aircraft (i.e. all jet aircraft and all aircraft with a GTOW over 25,000 lbs) after 10:00 p.m. and before 7:00 a.m. The aircraft prohibited from taking-off are referred to as Stage 2 aircraft. Stage 3 aircraft are not restricted from taking-off at any time of the day or night. In addition, there are no restrictions on landings for any type of aircraft at night.
Aircraft are not prohibited from departing after 10:00 p.m. if they have been legitimately delayed by mechanical, weather, or air traffic control problems. Government aircraft and air ambulances are not subject to the noise restrictions.
Noise Hotline: 941-359-5057
The Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority operates a Noise Hotline that you can call 24-hours a day to voice your comments about an aircraft event. Your comments will be entered into the airports Noise Monitoring and Flight Tracking System and correlated to the flight that triggered your call. Each comment is analyzed and there will be a follow-up response by phone or by mail if you requested it. It is very important that you leave your full name, address, telephone number, date and time of the aircraft event and nature of your comment when you call the Noise Hotline.