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Civil Aviation Act 2006

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Section 4: Power of aerodrome authorities to make noise control schemes

29.This section inserts into the CA Act 1982 new sections 38A, 38B and 38C.

30.Although the CA Act 1982 contains a number of provisions relating to environmental issues, those provisions do not include any explicit statutory provision for aerodrome operators to implement noise control schemes.

31.New section 38A(1) to (5) provides operators of non-designated aerodromes with powers to regulate noise and vibration from aircraft similar to those conferred on the Secretary of State by section 78 of the CA Act 1982 (as amended by section 2 of this Act).

32.New section 38A(8) excludes any aerodrome already designated under section 78 of the CA Act 1982 because in that situation the noise control regime would be set by the Secretary of State rather than the aerodrome operator.

33.New section 38A(10) provides that the use of the powers contained in the new sections 38A, 38B and 38C does not prejudice the use of any other power at the aerodrome operator's disposal to control aircraft noise.

34.New section 38B makes supplementary provision for noise control schemes. New section 38B(2) defines the maximum area within which the aerodrome operator's powers to control aircraft noise apply. There is also provision for the Secretary of State to define (by order) this maximum area, in respect of individual aerodromes.

35.New section 38B(5) provides for consultation by the Secretary of State before making an order under subsection (2).

36.New section 38C provides aerodrome operators with the power to impose penalties where the noise control scheme it is permitted to establish is not complied with.

37.New section 38C(2) and (3) provide for a financial penalty to be imposed on an aircraft operator if he breaches the requirements of a noise control scheme.

38.New section 38C(4) and (5) ensures that the scheme will provide for aircraft operators to be able to make representations to the aerodrome operator as regards the imposition of penalties and for the aerodrome operator to take such representations into account.

39.New section 38C(6) requires the aerodrome authority to make payments, equal to the amount of penalties received, for the benefit of persons who live in the area in which the aerodrome is situated.

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