The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) to address aircraft noise concerns at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts.

Under the collaboration, both agencies will undertake a joint study to test new flight patterns in and out of the Logan airport to reduce airplane noise.

The new study will pave the way to change or adjust new performance-based navigation (PBN) procedures at the airport.

“It's not going to address all the issues raised, but it's a very important step forward."

FAA said that the PBN procedures, including area navigation (RNAV), help to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, as well as improve safety and efficiency at the airport.

The PBN’s more precise navigation has led to more aeroplanes being concentrated into narrower flight paths, which has caused persistent noise in areas near the airport.

Massachusetts Port Authority CEO Thomas Glynn was quoted by Fox25 as saying: “This is not a panacea.

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“It's not going to address all the issues raised, but it's a very important step forward."

The partnership has also selected a group of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in US, to explore noise mitigation and evaluate new traffic patterns at Logan airport.

The study is expected to be completed within a year.