Airlines: Silence Your “Airbus Whine” with the Simple Fix that Will Reduce Noise Distress for Millions of People!

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Airlines: Silence Your “Airbus Whine” with the Simple $5000 Fix that Will Reduce Noise Distress for Millions of People!

The shrill whine of the Airbus A320 series aircraft (A318 - A321) is disturbing millions of U.S. citizens every day. These Airbus jets emit a loud, high-pitched tone during landing approach, before flaps and landing gear are deployed, some 10-25 miles from the destination airport. The offending noise is produced as air passes over two small circular vent openings on the underside of each wing—creating a “whistle” tone that is perceived by the human ear as highly disturbing. Large populations living far from airports are repeatedly exposed to this irritating Airbus whine. The noise diminishes their productivity and quality of life. Luckily, there is an inexpensive solution to the problem.

All it takes to eliminate the “Airbus Whine” is a two-inch triangular piece of aluminum called a vortex generator. Mounted just upstream of each circular vent, the vortex generator reduces the aircraft’s ground noise dramatically (up to 8 decibels), and completely eliminates the whining tone. The retrofit requires only a few hours of labor, can be done during routine maintenance, and costs less than $5000 per jet. The huge benefits of this small part are proven; vortex generators have been factory-installed on new Airbus 320 series jets since May 2014.

If the Airbus noise problem is to be solved, airline companies must choose to retrofit their older fleets of whining jets. European airlines--Lufthansa, Air France, EasyJet, and British Airways--have committed to aggressive retrofit schedules for their fleets and have already installed vortex generators on hundreds of their older model jets.

Airlines operating older Airbus 320 series planes in the U.S. have an opportunity to show leadership in environmental noise reduction. Their efforts will be recognized and appreciated by the millions living in communities under landing approach routes. By electing to make a small investment in vortex generators for the notoriously noisy Airbus jets, airlines can earn the gratitude of current and future customers.

We ask airlines currently flying the whining Airbus 318-321 jets in the United States (Virgin America, United, US Airways, American, JetBlue, Spirit, Frontier, Delta, Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, Volaris, Avianca, and LACSA) to:

  • equip their Airbus A320 series fleets with vortex generators by January 1, 2017.
  • publish their progress on vortex generator retrofitting so the flying public can assess the commitment of each airline to this effort.
We will boycott any airline listed above that has not publicly pledged by February 1st, 2016 to complete the vortex generator retrofit of its entire fleet of the Airbus 320 family of jets.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Dec 17, 2017
    Dec 17, 2017
    Airplane noise level is unacceptable. Residents shouldn't have to adjust how they live in order to cope with hours and hours of airplane traffic.
  • Gabrielle Gropman
    Dec 02, 2017
    Dec 02, 2017
    Airplane noise constantly in the morning and evening hours, and in between. This is unfair and untenable. I ;live in West Medford, Ma
  • Irma Bickerstaff
    Irma Bickerstaff United States, Seattle
    Nov 06, 2017
    Nov 06, 2017
    Please stop This diruption. Muffle the sound.
  • Maggie
    Maggie United States, Winchester
    Nov 05, 2017
    Nov 05, 2017
    We have been living in Winchester MA for more than 20 years and never experienced such increase in aircraft noise as for the last few years. It feels like the whole house is filled with the noise of the approaching planes, flying very low and polluting our air. They come one after another within less than 5 minutes interval. You cannot stay inside or outside of the house without the noise affecting the living conditions of the whole town. People complain to each other all the time and trying to figure out what is the next step to fight the authorities of Logan airport, who made the decision of establishing new navigation system and new air corridor.
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