After 15 successful years of the Airport Noise Mitigation Symposium, the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) has joined and the Airport Council International – North America (ACI-NA) are collaborating to launch a new, expanded noise conference. The inaugural joint AAAE/ACI-NA Airport Noise Conference will be held October 16-18 in San Diego, CA, at the Paradise Point Resort. This conference will address the latest topics in airport noise management, including mitigation, research updates, operational impacts on noise, and community engagement. We'd also like to thank San Diego International Airport for hosting this year's event.
Despite decades of work by the airport industry on sound insulation programs, land acquisition, and other mitigation measures, FAA and ICAO regulations, and impressive advances in airframe and engine technology resulting in quieter planes, noise remains a stubbornly persistent environmental challenge for airports. Noise contours have shrunk in many places, yet the implementation of more precise operational procedures through NextGen has resulted in noise shifting over new communities or concentrating impacts over a smaller area. Community mistrust over metrics for measuring noise and restrictive regulations regarding eligibility for mitigation programs has resulted in frustration and new hurdles for airports in communicating with their neighbors. The body of research showing a correlation between aviation noise and impacts on human health, sleep disruption and children’s learning is expanding. Involvement by elected officials at all levels of government contributes to the already very complex problem that is addressing aviation noise.
These are not insignificant challenges and shouldn’t be tackled by individual airports alone. The AAAE/ACI-NA Airport Noise Conference, like the Airport Noise Mitigation Symposium before it, will bring together industry partners, FAA, airports, consultants and manufacturers to share their collective knowledge, experience and lessons learned. Join your colleagues this year in San Diego to discuss these important issues and latest developments in the area of airport noise management.