BBN Syst. and Technol., 21120 Van Owen St., Canoga Park, CA 91303
California State Univ., Northridge
BBN Syst. and Technol.
U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command
An empirical, market-based method was developed to assess whether military aircraft noise exposure has affected residential property values in the vicinity of Langley Air Force Base over the last two decades. Multiple regression models that accounted for the bulk of the variance in property sale prices were developed and validated for independent samples drawn from areas of Hampton, VA exposed to levels of military aircraft noise lower than DNL=60 dB. The predictive performance of these models was indistinguishable in areas of Hampton exposed to military aircraft noise in excess of DNL=65 dB. Maps constructed by geo-coding property sale locations permitted spatial comparisons of property values with aircraft noise exposure contours. These maps confirmed the independence of the spatial distributions of property values and aircraft noise contours in the vicinity of Langley Air Force Base.