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Piedmont Triad International Airport to install noise monitors

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GREENSBORO,NC---Piedmont Triad International Airport authorities will soon install noise monitors in neighborhoods to test the decibel levels of airplanes that fly over residential areas.

Mickie Elmore is the Noise Officer with PTIA and said the seven microphones that will be used are the latest in this type of testing technology charged by solar panels.

Four of them are currently at the end of PTIA's runways.

In about three weeks the noise monitors will be placed in the FAA's survey areas then on the trees and telephone poles of resident’s neighborhoods.

"We typically set them up for about 10 minutes apart and each time it spikes what that sound it is at that time," Elmore said.

The data collect will determine which of the 209 eligible will qualify for sound insulation. Based on the structure of one's home and what is needed, the airport can provide new windows, screens doors even vent covers to muffle some of the noise.

"It won’t do away with all the sound but it will help absorb it," Elmore said.

Some local residents like Jim McManus are skeptical with the new technology and believe noise is more than a nuisance but has lowered his home value.

"I'm not sure how the insulation is going to help anything. Not only do you have the noise from the airplane but you have the thrusts; I have cracks in my house that weren't there before," McManus said.

"It's airlines coming over, cessna’s coming over, the military jets coming over, and it is not just FedEx that was told to us in the meeting."

The noise monitors cost PTIA about $200,000.