The noise of aircraft taking off at landing at airports affects the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of people on daily basis across the UK and millions across the EU. The disturbance caused by aircraft noise in communities around airports and along their approach and departure routes can threaten airport growth. This disturbance is consistently given as the main reason to refuse planning approval for airport growth. Most airports across Europe are subject to noise related operational restrictions or even limits. This represents a significant loss of capacity across the air transport system. Airports and airlines invest significant funds to reduce noise disturbance.
The course takes a holistic approach to understanding the challenge of managing noise. It combines consideration of the physics of noise and solutions for control with an understanding of the social, corporate and regulatory impacts and frameworks involved in airport development
An introduction to noise in the context of airport development
Providing an overview of the history of aircraft noise, noise capacity constraints at airports and the way in which sustainable development affects airport growth
The impact of noise on peoples lives
Examining how noise impacts on health (including sleep disturbance and education impact) and the disturbance caused by aircraft noise. This includes a consideration of community responses and attitudes to noise.
Assessment of community impacts and attitudes
Reviewing the way in which concerns and complaints from communities can be taken into consideration in the development process. The role and management of social surveys, stakeholder engagement and consultation in this process are explored.
Assessment of noise exposure
Developing an understanding the physics of noise and the way in which it can be modelled and monitored.
Providing an overview of the different control solutions available for noise control. This session covers a variety of approaches including land use planning, technology, operation practices, infrastructure and mitigation.
Noise management systems
Examining noise management systems, this sessions includes consideration of corporate responsibility, collaborative management and decision making and development of strategies, systems, policies and plans.
The regulatory framework
Reviewing the regulatory frameworks applicable at an international (International Civil Aviation Organisation, EU), national and local level.
Planning and infrastructure developments
Developing an understanding of planning systems, noise impact assessment and how growth within noise limits can be achieved
Putting theory into practice
During the course there is the opportunity to put theory into practice through practical exercises. Exercises focus on systems used to monitor and demonstrate aircraft noise and tracking performance and the way in which community complaints can be used to inform the future development of airports at both a strategic and operational level.
Practical I. Noise modelling and noise monitoring
Airport on-line noise and track monitoring system and complaints handling
Demonstration of ISIS software
Demonstration of FAA noise modelling system
Practical II. Noise and runway development
Participants examine information relating to the noise and other environmental impacts (e.g. climate change, ecology) associated with three different runway development options. A variety of different communities would be affected by the noise arising from each Option. Communities differ in a variety of socio-economic and other characteristics (levels of affluence, noise sensitive industries such as tourism and culturally sensitive sites). Participants can select from a range of tools to mitigate the noise impact associated with each option. They would consider whether to give planning approval given the likely additional impact upon communities and the option that would be most likely to secure planning approval (that which would ensure the long term sustainable development of the airport).
The course will provide a high level understanding of:
The issue of aircraft noise
Its impact upon communities
Its potential to contrain airports – regulatory and community limits
Noise exposure and impact assessment
Noise control – technology, operations, infrastructure
Airport community relations
Noise implications for the airport, airline, ATM service providers
Prof. Callum Thomas
Prof. Colin waters
Dr. Paul Hooper
Dr. Ken Hume
Session I. Introduction
Session II. The impact of noise on peoples lives (TJ – AEF)
Session III. Regulators
Session IV. Assessment of noise exposure
Session V. Assessment of community impacts/Attitudes
Session VI. Noise Control
Session VII. Noise Management Systems
Session VIII. Planning infrastructure developments
Session IX. Conclusion