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Pilots flying their aircraft as quietly as possible and avoiding unnecessary overflights of residential areas are the keys to a successful noise management program. Our program focuses on pilot education and cooperation. Experience proves that this offers the greatest relief to the community.

The noise abatement procedures established at our Airport have been prepared to help you operate your aircraft in the quietest manner possible, consistent with safety. The procedures are designed so the Airport can be a good neighbor to the surrounding residential communities. Please comply with these guidelines unless deviations are made necessary by weather, an in-flight emergency, or other safety considerations.


Summary of Recommended Procedures:


Northbound - Left turn heading 320° before crossing Johnson Ln.

Southbound - Avoid residential areas


Northbound - Avoid residential areas

Southbound - Straight out Climb to reduce noise over residential areas


Northbound - Avoid residential areas

Southbound - Avoid residential areas


Northbound - Avoid residential areas

Southbound - Avoid residential areas

Noise Reduction Tips

  1. Reduce propeller RPM as soon as safe and practical

  2. Climb out at Vx (may not be practical in all aircraft — refer to your POH)

  3. Avoid abrupt power changes



Additional Information

Information on traffic patterns and local procedures for aircraft arriving and departing Minden-Tahoe

An overview of local noise

abatement procedures

Downloadable map of the airport

Required to drive on various

areas of the airport.

Listen to live CTAF and view air traffic operating near the airport

Map data ©2019 Google

FAR 91.119 Minimum Safe Altitudes:

Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes:

  1. Anywhere. An altitude allowing, if a power unit fails, an emergency landing with undue hazard to persons or property on the surface.

  2. Over congested areas. Over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000’ above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000’ of the aircraft.

  3. Over other than congested areas. An altitude of 500’ above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500’ to any person. vessel, vehicle, or structure.

  4. Helicopters. Helicopters may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph (b) or (c) of this section if the operation is conducted without hazard to persons or property on the surface. In addition, each person operating a helicopter shall comply with any routes or altitudes specifically prescribed for helicopters by the Administrator.




Thank you for your cooperation and remember -Safety always supersedes noise abatement procedures