The Fairfax County Police Helicopter Division is committed to reducing aircraft noise. As such, the division employs the following flight characteristics whenever possible.
- When responding from Fairfax Base to events that are not time critical, pilots should climb over the area of the landfill to an altitude of at least 1200 feet MSL before proceeding on course.
- When returning to Fairfax Base, pilots should maintain a minimum altitude of 1200 feet MSL until intercept of a steeper than normal glide path to the base.
- Flight operations between the hours of 0100 and 0700 are limited to essential police and medevac missions.
- Vary landing and departure courses at Fairfax Base and remain over the landfill as much as possible.
- Avoid noise-sensitive areas when possible.
- Select routes over areas of high ambient noise levels when possible.
- Maintain an altitude of at least 1,000 feet AGL when possible.
- Avoid fast cruise speeds when not responding to missions.
- Avoid sharp maneuvers.
- Use steep takeoff and descent profiles.
Additionally, the Fairfax County Police Helicopter Division uses the Fly Neighborly Guide as a general outline for routine operations.