Preview new version of Explane site

Dear followers and users of the Explane app. We have made available a preview of the new open access website with all data that is gathered by you using the app. Please visite https://reports.explane.org/preview.html.

We would appreciate it very much if you provide us with feedback. Is the new site easy to use, do you understand all the presented data, do you need more explanation about what you see? Please mail us at [email protected].

You can visit the current site at https://reports.explane.org to see the changes.

Tips & tricks: keep your phone out of the wind

In our database you filled with aviation noise measurements we see sometimes strange curves. We suspect that these are caused by users who try to measure the aviation noise while standing in the wind.

‘Regular’ measurements show a relatively slow upcoming and dying noise profile. But some of the measurements show more than one top and bottom. We will flag these measurements to distinguish them from the regular registrations.

We will keep these ‘odd’ measurements in our database, to give scientists the chance to analyze them, but we will not show them in our regular overview on the upcoming website. Read more >

First preliminary result from Explane app

The thousands of aviation noise measurements from users of the Explane app have led to a first preliminary result. This could lead to broader noise corridors and thus even more impacted homes.

Measurements show that planes make (much) more noise when they fly over a densely populated area with lots of ‘hard’ materials like bricks and asphalt. The same planes show a lower noise level in an area with ‘softer’ materials like fields, trees and sand grounds.

Airport calculations of noise nuisance do not account for these differences in environments.

If this first result is proved after further research, airplanes cause much more noise pollution in urbanized areas, causing much more nuisance than what was calculated until now by aviation sources. Read more >

Tips & tricks: use Explane outdoors

If you use our app, please use it outdoors. This gives you the best quality measurement of aviation noise.

If you use it inside your home, the real noise of the plane is lowered with at least 10 to 15 dB.

Please remember that the app cannot detect if you measure inside or outside your home. Every measurement that you send us will be part of the open access database we are building.

For best results it is important to measure the real noise of airplanes, not the muted level inside your home.