Noise Abatement Program

Northeast Philadelphia Airport is located in a noise sensitive area surrounded by residential communities.

A noise abatement program has been developed in an effort to reduce the impact of Airport noise on surrounding neighborhoods without compromising safety or restricting operations.

With your cooperation and participation, Northeast Philadelphia Airport can be a good neighbor.


Noise Hotline: 215-937-6879 

Procedure Implementation 

Operators of turbojet-powered airplanes with a maximum certified take-off weight over 12,500 pounds should follow the standard noise abatement profiles unless authorized or directed by air traffic control.

Pilots of turboprop, turbojet and large prop aircraft (prop aircraft of more than 12,500 pounds) are requested to use runway 6-24, unless significant winds dictate otherwise.

Departure Procedures 

All departures shall maintain runway heading until reaching 400 feet above ground before making any turns.

Runway 33 (Noise Sensitive) VFR departures in addition to the above are requested to begin cross-wind leg at or prior to the first highway northwest of the airport.

Arrival Procedures
Runway 15 arrivals are requested to fly at or above the standard glide path to avoid a noise sensitive area off the approach end of the runway.
Runway Usage

Runway usage as directed by air traffic control, unless otherwise required by distance from clouds criteria, the traffic pattern altitudes for Northeast Philadelphia Airport are as follows:

  •  Lightweight aircraft (less than 12,500 lbs.) - 1000' AGL (1120' MSL)
  •  Aircraft weighing 12,500 lbs. or more and all turbojet/turbine powered aircraft - 1500' AGL (1620' MSL)
  •  Rotorcraft - 800' AGL (920' MSL) and avoid residential area on the east-southeast boundary of the airport

As directed by air traffic control, touch-and-go aircraft are to make right-hand traffic pattern when utilizing runway 6
Engine Run-Ups

Engine run-ups shall be limited to the following locations:


Between the hours of 0600-2300:

  •  Lightweight aircraft (less than 12,500 lbs.) Are to run-up on the concrete ramp which is that portion of the main ramp northwest of taxiway Alpha-4 
  •  Aircraft over 12,500 lbs. Are to run-up on taxiway Hotel between runway 6-24 and taxiway Alpha, as directed by the air traffic control

Between the hours of 2300-0600:

Aircraft engine run-ups must have prior approval from Airport. Contact Airport Security at 215-685-0316 and provide the following information:

  •  Aircraft type & Tail Number
  •  Aircraft Operator
  •  Location on Field
  •  Time & Duration of Run-up

 Run-ups of all aircraft are to be performed on taxiway Lima (location on taxiway Lima determined by wind):

  •  With winds from the West, Northwest, North Northeast, or East, run-ups will be done on taxiway Lima near the approach end of runway 24 
  •  With winds from the Southeast, South, or Southwest, run-ups will be done on taxiway Lima between runway 15-33 and taxiway Juliet 
    Touch-and-Go Operations
    Pilots are requested to limit touch-and-goes to the following days and hours:
  •  Mondays through Saturdays between the hours of 0900 and 2200
  •  Sundays between the hours of 1200 and 2200

 Touch-and-go's are limited to five (5) per flight 
Hold Pad Delays
During extended delays on hold pads it is suggested that you restrict unnecessary use of your engine to reduce noise and air pollution.

To view a copy of the Northeast Philadelphia Airport Noise Abatement Procedures please click here.


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