Welcome to the National Organization to Insure A Sound Controlled Environment

The National Organization to Insure a Sound Controlled Environment (N.O.I.S.E) is America's leading community voice on aviation noise issues. N.O.I.S.E is a coalition of locally elected officials and industry stakeholders working cooperatively with local and federal government to find workable solutions to the issue of excessive airport noise.

Your Aviation Noise Community Advocate

An affiliate of the National League of Cities, the National Organization to Insure a Sound Controlled Environment has served for over 40 years as America’s only nation-wide, community based association composed of locally elected officials who represent thousands of constituents throughout the United States and are committed to reducing the impact of aviation noise on local communities.

N.O.I.S.E serves to allow communities to join together and, with a single voice, inject the concerns of their constituents into the national debate on airport expansion policy, a debate which all too often is dominated by airports, airlines, and aircraft whose priorities may differ from a community’s. N.O.I.S.E seeks to resolve noise concerns by bringing affected communities, local airport officials, and federal policymakers together to work on airport expansion proposals responsibly and collaboratively.

N.O.I.S.E also advocates for federal policies to reduce unreasonable levels of aviation noise through a combination of quieter aircraft, increased noise abatement resources, and the opportunity for local communities to contribute to airport expansion decisions.

ALERT -- FAA Community Involvement Manual Update

We wanted to make you aware that the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Environment and Energy announced earlier today that they will be leading an agency-wide effort over the next six months to update the FAA Community Involvement Manual. This manual focuses on community involvement with relation to environmental interests such as noise pollution.

According to the announcement, Lourdes Maurice, Executive Director for the FAA Office of Environment and Energy, stated, "We recognize that effectively engaging with communities, exchanging information, and hearing community viewpoints broadens the FAA's information base and improves our decision-making process. As a result, we feel it is important to update our internal guidance to address current issues, communication media, and community expectations. In addition, the updated FAA Community Involvement Manual will be expanded beyond airport development and the concerns of airport communities to encompass the broad range of FAA actions, with the concept of "community" extending beyond the traditional airport community."

In order to gain a broad spectrum of input for updating the Community Involvement Manual, thus improving community participation, the FAA is seeking input from FAA practitioners as well as other aviation sector organizations.

N.O.I.S.E. will continue to closely monitor this situation and will update members on any input sought on this important initiative.

ALERT -- Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus Outlines Aviation Noise Priorities

Dear N.O.I.S.E. Members:

We wanted to make you aware of the letter which was sent by Members of the U.S. House of Representative's Quiet Skies Caucus to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. This letter outlines priorities that the Caucus wishes to be included in the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill which the Committee is expected to consider in the coming weeks. We are excited to report that many of the Caucus's priorities are in line with those that our organization includes in our 2015 legislative priorities

We have worked to engage with members of the Quiet Skies Caucus and with the Committees of jurisdiction in both the House and Senate to insure that critical issues impacting airport-adjacent communities are addressed in FAA Reauthorization. We are encouraged by the Caucus' letter and look forward to continued collaboration. We will continue to update you on developments.

ALERT -- FAA Overhaul Mark-up Scheduled for July 9

We wanted to make you aware that  Congressional Leadership indicated this morning that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will introduce their version of the FAA Reauthorization bill next week and hold hearings and a Committee "mark-up" on Thursday, July 9.  This is the first step in the reauthorization process, which needs to be completed or extended by September 30,2015 when the current law expires. The last reauthorization process was extended by nearly 10 years, so we will keep you updated on discussions of timeline for final passage.

N.O.I.S.E. has been actively engaged in this process and will continue to work with the Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus as well as Leadership in Congress to insure that the legislative priorities of N.O.I.S.E. are reviewed and considered. The N.O.I.S.E. Board is also requesting that the Committee hold a hearing dedicated to community noise impacts. The Quiet Skies Caucus has made this request as well, at our urging. We will keep you updated on developments and upcoming opportunities for our organization and airport-adjacent communities to engage with the relevant committees and highlight our priorities and these issues of critical importance.

N.O.I.S.E. National Coordinator Emily Tranter Speaks at RTCA Panel on PBN

On Wednesday June 3, N.O.I.S.E. National Coordinator Emily Tranter participated in an esteemed panel at the annual RTCA Global Aviation Symposium. The panel focused on key elements of Performance-Based Navigation (PBN), an important part of the implementation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s NextGen air traffic control system.  Ms. Tranter spoke on best practices for community engagement when implementing PBN. Through her work representing issues facing airport-adjacent communities to Congress and the FAA, Ms. Tranter has become nationally known as a leading expert on the impacts of aviation noise on communities in the vicinity of airports.

ALERT -- FAA Aviation Noise Research Announcement

On May 7, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it will soon start a multi-year process to study the impacts of aviation noise exposure on communities near airports. According to the statement, within the next two to three months, communities surrounding 20 specific, unnamed airports will be surveyed via mail and telephone. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has said that they understand the importance in expediting this research and will work to finish the survey as quickly as possible. According to the FAA, the Airports Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) developed the research framework and the survey will be used to determine whether the current Day-Night Average Sound Level (DNL) level of 65 decibels remains adequate. The FAA has indicated that it will propose revised policy guidance if it finds that changes are warranted.

The National Organization to Insure a Sound-Controlled Environment (N.O.I.S.E) is encouraged by this effort to better understand the health and environmental impacts of aviation noise on airport-adjacent communities. This research is a step towards the goal ofa better understanding of those impacts and working to mitigate those effects. N.O.I.S.E. looks forward to seeing the results of this study and working with communities to insure that their concerns and health are taken into account in the FAA's NextGen implementation and other aviation policy changes.

N.O.I.S.E. meets with the President of the French Airport Pollution Control Authority

Emily Tranter, National Coordinator for the National Organization to Insure a Sound-Controlled Environment (N.O.I.S.E), met with Victor Haïm, the President of ACNUSA, the French Airport Pollution Control Authority at the French Embassy in Washington, DC.

The purpose of the meeting was to brief Mr. Haïm and his colleagues on the community impacts of aviation noise pollution and the possible solutions that N.O.I.S.E. and its members are trying to implement both locally and federally. During the discussion, Ms. Tranter informed Mr. Haïm of the developments in the FAA’s implementation of NextGen and its impacts on airport-adjacent communities.

N.O.I.S.E pledges to work with both its members and foreign partners of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to combat aviation-related noise pollution and its effects on communities throughout the country.


Photos from the N.O.I.S.E. 2015 Legislative Summit

From Left to Right: Joe Carn, Ambrose Clay, Brad Pierce, John Quincy, and Frank Soto

From Left to Right: Joe Carn, Ambrose Clay, Brad Pierce, John Quincy, and Frank Soto

N.O.I.S.E. Secretary Frank Soto and College Park Council Member Ambrose Clay

N.O.I.S.E. Secretary Frank Soto and College Park Council Member Ambrose Clay

N.O.I.S.E. Treasurer Joe Carn and N.O.I.S.E. President Brad Pierce

N.O.I.S.E. Treasurer Joe Carn and N.O.I.S.E. President Brad Pierce

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The Washington, DC-based N.O.I.S.E staff coordinates its lobbying strategy with other powerful organizations such as National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and National Association of Counties, and N.O.I.S.E helps arrange meetings for members with Congressional offices and federal agencies.

The aviation industry continues to expand rapidly. There is a consensus in Washington, DC that airport capacity will have to increase dramatically - and soon - to keep pace with the skyrocketing ridership. As air-traffic increases, aviation noise issues will be a paramount concern to communities located near airports. N.O.I.S.E will continue to work with member communities to help reduce the impact of aviation noise.

If aviation noise issues are important to your community, please contact N.O.I.S.E. National Coordinator, Emily Tranter -  by phone at (202) 544-9896 or email: ejtranter@locklaw.com.