Airport Conducting Study To Reduce Noise For Homeowners

The Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport wants to help nearby homeowners, deal with airplane noise.

The airport is currently conducting a study, to determine which neighborhoods are affected by the noise of planes flying overhead and look at ways to help the homeowners. One option, is to buy the houses and re-locate the families.

But airport officials say the best option, is to protect those homes, through what's called "sound attenuation."

"Under sound attenuation option, we have our consultant go to a person's home and then determine what's the best thing to do to reduce the noise on the interior of the home would be," Airport Planning Director Jim Foster said. "That might be replacing windows with double-pane insulated windows, additional insulation in walls and in the attic."

The study should be finished by the end of the year. If it's approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, the airport could be eligible for funding, to help pay for the program.