Kenneth J. Plotkin
Wyle Labs., 2001 Jefferson Davis Hgwy., Ste. 701, Arlington, VA 22202
Community noise analysis and control has been a concern for centuries. The introduction of jet commercial aircraft in the 1950s escalated it to a widespread practice with widely accepted quantitative rules. The rules have their technical basis in scientific studies ranging from laboratory psychoacoustic experiments through social attitudinal surveys. Implementation is in the form of land use planning and noise control regulations. A review is presented of the current practice, its successes, and its limitations.