TORONTO — PortsToronto’s new Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE) at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is designed to dampen aircraft engine noise and represents a key component in the airport’s Noise Mitigation Program.
PortsToronto says the three-sided, 14 metre high GRE will dampen the noise impact of ground engine run-ups mandated by Transport Canada following engine maintenance to ensure safety. These engine run-ups have been cited by the community as a primary source of noise. Construction began in fall 2016 and the project cost $9 million, paid for by PortsToronto. The enclosure absorbs noise with specialized acoustic panels.
“Aircraft noise is a complicated issue faced by airports and communities, one that must be managed while ensuring that aviation safety remains paramount. 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,” said Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, in attendance at the GRE’s launch.
The GRE’s completion marks another milestone in the Billy Bishop Airport Airfield Project, a three-year rehabilitation initiative currently underway at Billy Bishop Airport to modernize the airport. Some 2.7 million passengers who travel through the airport each year.