Ginoza to begin officially recording Osprey noise

Ginoza Village has become the first municipality on Okinawa to officially monitor the noise levels caused by the Marines’ Osprey MV-22 aircraft.

Ginoza officials say that they plan to press the Japanese government to take steps to reduce the noise, including changing the flight routes of the aircraft as they conduct drills from Camp Hansen. Officials claim that the noise pollution caused by the Osprey has become a serious problem for the residents.

The first noise measuring equipment has been installed in the village’s Shirohara district that is located just outside Camp Hansen perimeter.

An associate professor at the University of th Ryukyus, Takeshi Tokashiki has measured the noise of Ospreys in the area, and compares the noise level to that of a train passing through elevated tracks when measured below. He has said that the loudest level he has recorded was 98.9 dB at a private house in Ginowan.

At the same time, it has been pointed our that the CH-46 helicopters that the Osprey is replacing are even noisier. And as they are much slower, they linger in the vicinity longer. Osprey is said to be especially quiet after it changes to the flight mode.

  • Dave

    So basically they are saying they want the slower, noisier aircraft back, and then they’ll stop complaining about the noise. Okinawa logic coming to the fore once more.

  • Brian Parker

    What does the noise measure for the every-night–all-night boso bikers I wonder? That doesn’t seem to be a bother, though far louder in both frequency and duration.


    I am surpised that Ginowan does not officially monitor noise levels of the Osprey already. Very suspicious if you ask me.

  • Bill

    Yet the constant revving of motorbike engines at all hours of the night still goes unmonitored and unregulated. Anyone who lives near a major road on Okinawa, knows that this is more of a noise nuisance than any plane or helicopter on island.

    • Ken Harper

      They have this noise too in South Phila. with the motorcycles all night in the summer, but you still can hear the gunfire too, LOL

  • Avigator

    Please record the noise made by the Bozosoku motorcycle gangs too.

  • Mihamajichan

    The government of Ginowan is about as organized and dysfunctional as the city of Las Angeles. If you’re from LA, you know what I mean.

11:49 18 Jul , 2024