Noise Abatement

Noise Abatement and Operational Procedures
Pilots flying their aircraft as quietly as possible and avoiding unnecessary overflights of residential areas are the keys to a successful noise management program. Our program focuses on pilot education and cooperation. Experience proves that this offers the greatest relief to the community.

The noise abatement procedures established at our Airport have been prepared to help you operate your aircraft in the quietest manner possible, consistent with safety. The procedures are designed so the Airport can be a good neighbor to the surrounding residential communities. Please comply with these guidelines unless deviations are made necessary by weather, an in-flight emergency, or other safety considerations.

Summary of Recommended Procedures


Runway 16

Southbound – Straight out
Northbound – Right downwind over Hwy 395

Runway 34

Southbound – Left downwind over Hwy 395
Avoid residential areas south of airport
Northbound -Turn left heading 320 before crossing Johnson Lane
Avoid residential areas north of airport

Noise Reduction Tips

  1. Reduce propeller RPM as soon as safe and practical
  2. Climb out at Vx (may not be practical in all aircraft — refer to your POH)
  3. Avoid abrupt power changes

FAR 91.119 Minimum Safe Altitudes:
Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes:

  1. Anywhere. An altitude allowing, if a power unit fails, an emergency landing with undue hazard to persons or property on the surface.
  2. Over congested areas. Over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000’ above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000’ of the aircraft.
  3. Over other than congested areas. An altitude of 500’ above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500’ to any person. vessel, vehicle, or structure.
  4. Helicopters. Helicopters may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph (b) or (c) of this section if the operation is conducted without hazard to persons or property on the surface. In addition, each person operating a helicopter shall comply with any routes or altitudes specifically prescribed for helicopters by the Administrator.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Safety always supersedes noise abatement procedures

For more information, comments, or suggestions, please contact:
Minden-Tahoe Airport
1146 Airport Road Minden, NV 89423