The City of Fort Lauderdale owns and operates Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), which is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country and is surrounded by densely populated and highly noise-sensitive communities. The Airports operates an active Noise Abatement Program that promotes flying neighborly and uses an advanced noise monitoring system. The City continuously strives to be a good neighbor to nearby residential communities, while meeting the needs of the aviation industry. Collaborative efforts have been made with the public, government agencies, and user groups to develop and implement reasonable noise abatement measures to reduce aircraft noise over the communities.
The Airport has a 24-hour Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT). The City/Airport reimburses the FAA for the nighttime hours of the FAA ATCT staff, who help ensure that aircraft adhere to nighttime noise abatement measures, such as the using the Preferential Runways during calm wind conditions and the Runway 09 jet departure headings.
The Airport’s most significant noise abatement measure is known as the “I-95 Turn”, a left turn for Runway 09 jet departures. The departure turn is an ATCT-assigned left turn to a heading of 330 degrees for Runway 09 jet departures. The desired flight path is to fly above the west side of I-95, while remaining east of the Pompano Horse Race Track, located 1-1/4 miles northeast of the Airport, until north of the race track. This path directs jets over an industrial corridor, reducing jets noise over homes. This measure is 24-hours a day for jet aircraft with destinations to the north and west, and between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. for jet aircraft with destinations to the east and south. The exceptions to this measure are emergency flights and adverse weather. Prior to 1994, all aircraft departing Runway 09 were directed to fly straight eastbound to the Atlantic Ocean, over several communities. (See diagram in Noise Abatement for Pilots page.)