Casper Noise Lab

Airports spend a lot of time and money on the implementation of noise abatement procedures. Common measures are noise preferential routes, continuous descend approaches (CDA), night restrictions or runway use. Many airports have noise monitoring systems installed to monitor and analyze noise produced by aircraft.

Annoyance by aircraft noise however is caused by both acoustic factors and non-acoustic factors. Besides the actual sound of an overflying aircraft, the altitude it flies is an important factor as well as the information transparency of the airport towards the community.

Research shows that a feeling towards the airport negatively influences the perceived annoyance. On the other hand, demonstration of active noise management by the airport and clear explanation of the economic benefits of the airport can positively influence the perceived annoyance.  People living around the airport generally lack knowledge about air traffic management and flight procedures. This unequal knowledge level increases the distrust towards the airport.

Communication can play an important role in the relationship between the airport and it’s neighbours. By clear explanation of all noise abatement measures taken, awareness is created about the airport's efforts in reducing noise. Further, by providing facts about aircraft movements and noise in an understandable way, this positively contributes to an open and transparent attitude towards the people living around the airport. 

Casper Noise Lab aims at improving the relationship of the airport with the surrounding communities by providing openess and transparancy  about flying aircraft and through educating people about noise and airport operations. Casper Noise Lab helps to better explain noise abatement procedures, aircraft operations and provides transparent information from your existing noise monitoring system.


The home page is a preview of everything available in the website. It is also the place to for announcements like maintenance activities or daily operational messages.

Data browser
Besides live (or delayed) flight and noise data the data browser enables interactive information on noise events and flight movements. The user can click around selecting different periods, time of day, noise monitors and runways. The map shows noise monitor information so this can easily be compared and it indicates route usages for specific runways.

The charts underneath the map show number of flights, altitude of flights, distribution on corridors and top noise events.
Interactive map
An interactive map lets the user find generic information on routes, noise and traffic distribution.

Finally to clarify aircraft noise and flight movements in general and explain the measures the airport is taking to monitor flights and noise, a lot of extra information can be added. The airport can add or change information themselves via the supplied Content Management System. Casper already provides some animations to clarify take off and landing procedures.

Improve communication about noise measurements and flights by:

Casper Noise Lab is operational at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, please see

"Together with our neighbours and Casper we strive to provide everybody with just the right information. For us the added value comes from a meaningful co-operation with the people living around the airport and having Casper providing the tools to provide tailored information" ,
Janet Nijmeijer, Advisor Stakeholder Management