Instead of measuring the noise pollution of an aircraft in decibels, Ryanair quantifies noise pollution as a ratio of seats per aircraft. Adopting this relative model of measurement, the company can present a narrative of reducing noise pollution by increasing the number of seats per aircraft. By considering the noise pollution footprint of a low-fare airport such as Eindhoven, it is clear that it is the frequency of flights, not the number of passengers or seats, that cause the most noise pollution. Budget airlines such as Ryanair rely on the aircraft being grounded for as short a period as…
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Photos by Peter Cox

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view: front

Press button for audio documentary

Speakers / seats of the Boeing 737

Data visualizations

The Noise Responsibility

Raffaello73 (Fabio Salvadori, Federico Santarini)

Instead of measuring the noise pollution of an aircraft in decibels, Ryanair quantifies noise pollution as a ratio of seats per aircraft. Adopting this relative model of measurement, the company can present a narrative of reducing noise pollution by increasing the number of seats per aircraft. By considering the noise pollution footprint of a low-fare airport such as Eindhoven, it is clear that it is the frequency of flights, not the number of passengers or seats, that cause the most noise pollution.

Budget airlines such as Ryanair rely on the aircraft being grounded for as short a period as possible to reduce costs and increase the frequency of flights. As such, a limited number of aircraft models are used to ‘keep costs down and safety standards up’. The most used model by Ryanair is the Boeing 737. Among the aircraft’s yearly improvements highlighted on Ryanair’s website is its reduction of noise pollution, based on Ryanair’s own measurements ‘per seat’.

The 189-seat layout of the Boeing 737-800 series is turned into a sound installation by representing each seat as a speaker. The speakers play audio data about the evolution of the company and Eindhoven flights. Infographics and data visualisations show Ryanair’s aircraft models and the impact on Eindhoven’s airstrip.

Credits

Additional design: Natan Ruzza, Francesco Venturi

References

Ryanair. “Ryanair’s fleet.” Link

Ryanair. “History of Ryanair.” Link

Ryanair. 2020. “Europe’s Cleanest & Greenest Airline Group: Environmental Policy.” Link

ICAO. “Aircraft Noise.” Link

Boeing Company Link

Flightradar 24. Eindhoven flights. Link

Webtrak. “Eindhoven Airport Noise Footprint” Link

NATS. “Noise Measures” Link

Pulsar. January 25, 2019. “Measuring Decibels” Link

Bio

Raffaello73 was founded by designers Fabio Salvadori and Federico Santarini. Fabio uses visual and audio investigations to re-articulate specific case-studies and readymade material. Federico works with map-making, coding and creating datasets to explore the complexities that entangle legal frameworks and natural resources.

Contacts

raffaellosettantatre.com Link

@ra73 Link

@federicosantarini Link

@sass_scimiro Link