Aircraft Noise



There are three permanent aircraft noise monitoring terminals located in Delta at the following locations:

  • South Delta Secondary School
  • North Delta Recreation Centre
  • Delview Secondary School

Vancouver Airspace Modernization Project

In May 2019, NAV CANADA announced that it was undertaking the Vancouver Airspace Modernization Project that will include a comprehensive aeronautical study of the Vancouver Airspace. A Terms of Reference has been developed for the Vancouver Airspace Modernization Project and, as per the Airspace Change Communications and Consultation Protocol, NAV CANADA has developed a robust stakeholder and public consultation process.

The Vancouver Airspace Modernization project will review approach and departure flight rules and operations in the Greater Vancouver and Southern Vancouver Island regions, and will include Vancouver International, Boundary Bay, Pitt Meadows, Langley, Victoria, Abbotsford, Vancouver Harbour, Victoria Harbour, Nanaimo and Bellingham. The project is being driven by a number of factors, including: significant forecasted commercial air traffic growth for YVR, the introduction of new aircraft navigational technology, and the increase in flight training at local regional airports such as Boundary Bay.

It is anticipated that concepts for airspace options could be developed by December 2019 and that a full analysis of potential options could be completed by March 2020. Once concepts are developed, NAV CANADA will undertake community consultation during the Spring and Summer of 2020. Airspace change implementation planning will occur once community consultation is complete.

YVR Noise Management Plan - 2019 - 2023

At the July 16, 2018 Regular Meeting, Council agreed to send a letter to the Vancouver Airport Authority requesting the inclusion of five initiatives in YVR’s 2019-2023 Noise Management Plan to help establish a baseline for current aircraft noise and flight plans. Delta is also seeking initiatives to improve public consultation and notification from YVR. View the staff report.

YVR will submit the draft Noise Management Plan to Transport Canada at the end of this year for their review and will report back to the community on what they heard and how this has translated into proposed initiatives contained in the Plan. When Transport Canada completes their review, the plan will be made available on YVR’s website.

YVR Web Tracking Tool

YVR's website features an online web tracking tool that enables the public to see real-time and historical flight and noise data collected by the Airport Authority's aircraft noise monitoring and tracking system.

YVR Frequently Asked Questions

YVR has compiled a list of 
frequently asked questions to provide answers to some of their most frequent inquiries.

Reports and Related Documents


Commercial Aircraft Noise Concerns

NAV Canada can be contacted at 1-800-876-4693 or email with your questions and concerns. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has a 24 hour noise information line which is 604-207-7097 or email

Boundary Bay Airport - Small Aircraft Noise Concerns

Noise complaints generated from aircrafts flying in and out of Boundary Bay Airport should be directed to Alpha Aviation at 604-946-5361. If your complaint is about a particular aircraft, please be ready to provide information regarding the exact time and location of when and where you saw the aircraft in question AND, if possible, the colour and/or any distinguishable markings on the aircraft (e.g., numbers, names). Alpha Aviation staff will be working with the flight schools and private aircraft owners to ensure that pilots are following Transport Canada's regulations for civil aviation.

For any questions related to Delta's involvement, please contact:
Paula Kolisnek, Senior Policy Analyst
t: 604-952-3142

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