The Burlington International Airport Noise Compatibility Program Update under 14 CFR Part 150 is a 62 page report prepared for the City of Burlington in April 2008. The report states on page 29 that “land acquisition and relocation is the only alternative that would eliminate the residential incompatibility” with the noise level produced by F-16 jets operating at the airport. Due to additional materials included in the attachment, please see page 41 of the attached pdf below. Please note this is a large file.
Sound level, sound intensity, and loudness are explained in the Air Force draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The bottom line is, according to figures in the EIS, the maximum loudness of the F-35 is more than four times louder than the the maximum loudness of the F-16 both at takeoff and landing.
The EIS explains the difference between three concepts: sound level, sound intensity, and perceived loudness
Here are the numbers and explanation, all from the EIS:
Table BR3.2-1 on page BR4-18 of the EIS gives the Lmax for the F-16C and the F-35A
1. According to the Air Force Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) the F-35 bomber is much louder than the F-16. The EIS also shows that basing the F-35 here will place 1366 additional houses in Burlington, South Burlington, Winooski, Williston and Colchester within the FAA-defined “incompatible with residential use” 65 dB noise level contour. Over 100 homes within that contour have already been demolished in S. Burlington because of F-16 noise. The F-35 will bring half the houses in Winooski and a dozen streets in Burlington within that “incompatible” contour.