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Aircraft have become less noisy over time, both as a result of technological developments within the aircraft industry as well as of international, national and local policy measures stimulating the use of more quiet aircraft or banning less compliant aircraft. It is important to be able to predict how this trend will continue. RAND Europe was asked to provide an analysis of historic, current and future acoustic characteristics of civil aviation aircraft.

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