PortsToronto officially opened a noise-suppressing Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE) at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, with Minister of Transport Marc Garneau in attendance.
The three-sided, open-top facility will accommodate commercial aircraft at the airport and is designed to dampen the noise associated with high-power aircraft engine ground run-up operations.
This noisy process is mandated by Transport Canada following engine maintenance to ensure safety. Standing 14m in height, the 63m by 66m enclosure is located on the south-west side of the airfield and is only the second of its kind in Canada.
These engine run-ups have been cited by the community as a primary source of noise, prompting PortsToronto to commence construction of the facility in fall 2016.
The GRE was constructed at a cost of $9 million – paid for by PortsToronto and not taxpayers – and promises to significantly reduce the acoustic impact of engine run-ups on the surrounding community. The enclosure absorbs noise with specialized acoustic panels that line the interior of the three walls.
"Aircraft noise is a complicated issue faced by airports and communities, one that must be managed while ensuring that aviation safety remains paramount,” said Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.
“As our cities grow and airports become a part of our neighborhoods, it's important that we work together to ensure a balance between the important economic role that airports play, with the well-being of our communities," Garneau added.
"The proximity and convenience that makes Billy Bishop Airport such an asset also comes with a responsibility to be a good neighbour," said Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong.
"I congratulate Billy Bishop Airport on its noise management program and applaud PortsToronto for making this significant financial investment – at no cost to the taxpayer – in order to reduce noise and minimize disruption in what has become a thriving neighbourhood."