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Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) coordinates noise mitigation for aircraft operating to and from Victoria International Airport (YYJ) within a 10 nautical mile radius of the Airport except where such noise is related to aircraft enroute operations. Aircraft flying over YYJ, or beyond this 10 nautical mile range, are outside the scope of the VAA's program.

Noise Impacted Areas

The Noise Exposure Forecast (NEF) - PDF is the officially recognized metric used in Canada for airport noise assessment.

The NEF calculates the sound generated by individual aircraft types expected to operate at the airport, and adjusts for the number of operations that are forecast to occur.  Due to the higher social impacts of night time noise, aircraft movements at night are factored to have 16.7 times the impact of daytime movements.  These contours designate areas of equal noise exposure and thereby provide information to assist in planning for compatible land uses.  Since the computer-generated result is a compendium of factors, it cannot be directly related to measured noise. 

Generally, three contours are generated to delineate areas of individual noise ranges (greater than NEF 40, NEF 35-40, and NEF 30-35).  At extended distances from aircraft flight paths, ambient noise levels typically dominate.

Noise contours, in conjunction with a set of guidelines, are to be used to encourage compatible land use in the vicinity of the airport site. 

The Transport Canada guidelines, Land Use in the Vicinity of Airports, 8th Edition, 2005, provide community response predictions by noise contour ranges.  VAA shares both the guidelines and the NEFs with local governments to assist in land use planning around the airport.

Military Operations at YYJ

DND 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron is the west coast operational Sea King (soon to be Cyclone) Squadron located at YYJ.  It provides three helicopter air detachments in support of the Royal Canadian Navy Pacific Fleet based in Esquimalt.

443 Squadron helicopters fly throughout the North Pacific, South Pacific and Indian oceans as well as other waters around the world.

The Squadron provides service to the Royal Canadian Navy by manning such ships as HMCS Calgary, Ottawa, Regina, Vancouver, and Winnipeg in the Halifax Class Frigates, and other vessels.

Here at home, 443 Squadron works with the Navy in supporting government efforts to combat drug, fisheries and environmental violations in Canadian waters. Internationally, it supports Navy operations in surface and subsurface surveillance as well as peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.

At YYJ, you will often hear and see the helicopters doing training on the airfield, in the air and over the sea in the area as well as transiting on their way to other training locations. 

443 Squadron is mandated to perform night training exercises four (4) times per month over land and sea near the airport. 

Please note that Victoria Airport Authority does not have jurisdiction over military operations at the airport.  The Department of National Defence can be reached at 250-363-5443 local 51081.

Current Noise Advisories

Nov 19, 2018

There are two options to contact us about noise concerns: by telephone on our Noise Management Line or by email. To register an inquiry within 10 nautical miles of YYJ you can call our Noise Management Line at 250-953-7508 - a prompted voicemail service will allow you to leave a complete and detailed message, or submit a noise inquiry via our form below. Inquiries are responded to during normal business hours.

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