ALERT -- Agenda for Policy Summit and Community Involvement Workshop

We wanted to remind you that N.O.I.S.E. will be hosting our annual Policy Summit and Community Involvement Workshop next week at the National League of Cities Convention at the National League of Cities Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday, November 15.

The complete agenda for the event can be found by clicking here

 The event will take place on Wednesday November 15th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in Room 206 A&B at the Charlotte Convention Center. Then join us afterward for an Airport N.O.I.S.E. reception from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in Room 204 of the Charlotte Convention Center for appetizers and refreshments.

This year's Policy Summit event will feature updates on federal policy that impacts air traffic control changes, as well as presentations from airport noise officers and community advocates who are on the front lines of aviation noise policy.

Registration is free, so please email N.O.I.S.E. Communications Director, Vince Spinner at vmspinner@locklaw.com to register. 

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with industry experts and your fellow communities to learn more about how you can work towards solutions to the negative impacts of aviation noise on your community. Please feel free to bring your neighbors and colleagues.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.

 Emily Tranter

 National Coordinator

National Organization to Insure a Sound-Controlled Environment (N.O.I.S.E.)

ALERT -- Legislative Summit Agenda

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

In anticipation of this year's N.O.I.S.E. Legislative Summit, we wanted to send an agenda with details on the day's events. For this year's agenda, click here!

This year we are extremely excited to be joined by Julie Marks, the newly appointed, Air Traffic Organization's Community Involvement Manager for Airspace Projects at the FAA. Ms. Marks will give a presentation about her role and the FAA's work on community involvement and will also participate in a Q&A.

This will present attendees with a unique opportunity to discuss FAA policy and share local perspectives and background with Ms. Marks. Our agenda will also include presentations by N.O.I.S.E. staff and stakeholders on proposed legislative priorities for 2017 and an overview of developments in health-impacts studies of aviation noise.

Join us and make sure that your voice is heard!

The event will be on Monday, March 13th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Jefferson Room at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington D.C. This is a free event. Then join us afterward for an Airport N.O.I.S.E. reception from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in the Johnson Room of the Marriott Wardman Park for appetizers and refreshments.

Please feel free to bring additional guests and colleagues.

Please RSVP to our N.O.I.S.E. Communications Director Vince Spinner (vmspinner@locklaw.com) to register. 

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Policy Summit and Community Involvement Workshop Agenda

We wanted to remind you that N.O.I.S.E. will be hosting our annual Policy Summit and Community Involvement Workshop next week at the National League of Cities Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, November 16. The complete agenda for the event can be found by clicking here

The meeting, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, will be held in room 335 of the David Lawrence Convention Center. Additionally, N.O.I.S.E. staff will be in the room answering questions from 9:00am-4:00pm. After the workshop, N.O.I.S.E. will be hosting a reception with refreshments from 4:00pm-5:00pm in room 336.Please feel free to bring additional guests and colleagues.

Registration is free, so please email N.O.I.S.E. Communications Director, Vince Spinner at vmspinner@locklaw.com to register. 

This year's event will feature updates on federal policy that impacts air traffic control changes, as well as presentations from airport noise officers and community advocates who are on the front lines of aviation noise policy.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with industry experts and your fellow communities to learn more about how you can work towards solutions to the negative impacts of aviation noise on your community. This event is Free to Register and again, please feel free to bring your neighbors and colleagues.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.

 Emily Tranter

 National Coordinator

National Organization to Insure a Sound-Controlled Environment (N.O.I.S.E.)

Massport (Boston, MA) and FAA Work to Reduce Overflight Noise

We are excited to share an update on efforts currently being taken to help deal with airport noise issues. 

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced their results after months of collaboration to develop test projects that are designed to help address the noise issues that residents face because of aircraft flight procedures. The two agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding to move forward in examining opportunities to incrementally reduce noise through changes or amendments to Performance Based Navigation.

According to the press release, the FAA and Massport are committing to: (1) analyze the feasibility, (2) measure/model the benefits/impacts of, and (3) test and develop an implementation plan which will include environmental analysis and community/public outreach. The FAA and the Authority will agree to each party's specific roles, responsibilities and contributions as part of a test program to reduce overflight noise at Boston Logan International Airport that is related to the FAA's implementation of Performance Based Navigation procedures, including RNAV. N.O.I.S.E. staff will continue to closely monitor this effort and will update members with any pertinent information, including any analysis or plan that is released as a result of this project. To read the FAA's press release, click here.

This cooperation, which as they state is a first-in-the-nation project between the FAA and an airport operator, will also include participation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the local Community Advisory Committee, and has garnered support from several members of Congress.

Please click here to read the full press release and if you have any questions or comments, please contact us directly at ejtranter@locklaw.com.

FAA Community Involvement Manual has been Released

The FAA Community Involvement Manual has been released and a link to the manual can be found below. 

As set forth in the FY2015 Omnibus Bill, which was passed in December of 2015, included language that called for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide their updated Community Involvement Manual to Congress. N.O.I.S.E. applauds this Congressional action to help communities affected by aviation noise and is please that that the report has been publicly released.

The FAA, upon the release of the Updated Community Involvement Manual, had this to say:

"The views of communities-including local residents, the general public, and stakeholders-are important to the FAA as we take the next steps to advance the national aviation system. The FAA Community Involvement Manual reaffirms FAA's commitment to give the public an opportunity to be informed, become involved, and have their concerns and views considered and provides guidance for FAA employees who are involved in planning, conducting, or approving aviation actions that may raise concerns within a community. We received significant advice and input through more than 40 interviews with local community groups, airports, aviation associations, and consultants. We also had the benefit of recommendations and specific suggestions from the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC). The contribution of these organizations and individuals was critical in ensuring that a balance of perspectives and experiences were considered and are reflected in this manual.  Please feel free to share this with whomever would be interested"

To view the Community Involvement Manual, Click Here

FAA Current Authorization Extended until 2017

Congressional Leaders in both the House and Senate have reached a bipartisan agreement to extend the current authorization on Federal Aviation Administration operations at current funding levels through September 2017. The goal would be to reach agreement on a long-term reauthorization bill in that time frame. The bill, which has passed both the House and the Senate, was a typical extension reached at the last minute before the current authorization expires on July 15. The extension is designed to ensure continuity in necessary airlines services similar to the previous extension deal. The bill extends the $3.35 billion authorized from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund annually that was agreed upon in the last six-month extension. The one-year agreement is also designed to avoid disruptions to grant payouts in the federal Airport Improvement Program that funds capital projects at airports while the details of a longer-term bill are being worked out. Most policy provisions that were included in the previous drafts and Senate-passed version of the reauthorization, including transforming air-traffic control into a private or non-profit entity or altering air certification standards, were not addressed in this yearlong extension with an eye towards passing the bill before the deadline.

 

The compromise does not include any new policy provisions, including airport noise provisions that were strongly advocated by N.O.I.S.E. There is an exception which includes language issuing new regulations for drone usage and for streamlining airport security. Most new policy initiatives will be worked out in the next long-term FAA reauthorization bill. Read more about the extension's provisions here.

 

N.O.I.S.E. staff will continue to advocate for noise provisions to be included in any long-term reauthorization agreement and will continue to monitor this situation and update N.O.I.S.E. members on any pertinent information. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us directly at ejtranter@locklaw.com. 

 

Save the Date -- PBN Working Group Webinar Tuesday July 26 @11AM EST

N.O.I.S.E. PBN Working Group Webinar
Join us for a webinar on July 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM EST.
Save the Date!

Please join us for a N.O.I.S.E. PBN Working Group Webinar with special guest Jason Schwartz to hear his insight on how to operate successful noise offices. 

Jason currently works as the senior noise analyst for Portland International Airport and President of Aviation Compatibility Consulting. In his position, Jason works to respond to citizens' concerns while monitoring aircraft noise, educating the public about noise issues, and providing technical information regarding aircraft operations and noise levels. 

These webinars are a great opportunity for airport-impacted communities and stakeholders to convene regularly and get updates on airport noise and community impact issues related to the FAA's NextGen system and Performance Based Navigation (PBN). These quarterly webinars feature updates from N.O.I.S.E. leadership, staff and our organization's partners.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

As July 26 approaches we will send out all the information for the webinar including a link to join the discussion and information calling in to ask questions.

We hope you will be able to join us. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me directly at ejtranter@locklaw.com

Sincerely,

Emily Tranter
National Coordinator
National Organization to Insure a Sound-Controlled Environment (N.O.I.S.E.)

Breaking: NextGen Advisory Committee Approves Report on PBN Community Outreach

N.O.I.S.E. is pleased to share the following report from the NextGen Advisory Committee’s PBN Community Outreach Working Group. N.O.I.S.E. staff participated in this initiative and contributed to the report throughout the process. This report was accepted by the NAC on June 17th. N.O.I.S.E. President Brad Pierce and NAC Member said of the report, “The National Organization to Insure a Sound-Controlled Environment (N.O.I.S.E.) is encouraged by the NAC’s approval of these recommendations and continued focus on the need for robust community engagement. N.O.I.S.E. believes that community engagement and advocacy is key towards successful implementation of PBN and we will continue to work on the NAC and with the FAA to advocate for meaningful solutions to the impacts of aviation noise on our nation’s communities.”

While N.O.I.S.E. continues to advocate for our full federal agenda, which includes advocating to the FAA to update their noise metrics to accurately measure the new and changing impacts created by concentrated  PBN flights, we believe that more robust and meaningful community engagement, education and advocacy is a meaningful step forward towards noise impacts being a central focus when PBN is implemented at our Nation’s airports.

Read the full report here.

Updated FAA Community Involvement Manual

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

We wanted to share some developments as they relate to federal aviation noise policy. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.

As you may recall, The FY2015 Omnibus Bill, which was passed in December, 2015, included language that called for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide their updated Community Involvement Manual to Congress within six months.

N.O.I.S.E. applauds this Congressional action to help communities affected by aviation noise. In addition, we wanted to make you aware that Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced a subsequent amendment on the Senate floor for the Senate Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill that would have required the FAA to report quarterly to Congress on their progress to implement the policies included in the Community Involvement Manual. Although this amendment was not taken up, we applaud the Senator's efforts and will continue to work with him and other Congressional advocates to advance this language.

On April 19, the Senate approved an 18-month FAA reauthorization Bill (H.R. 636) with overwhelming bipartisan support, 95-3. However the House has yet to take final action on their version of a reauthorization. The current FAA Authority is set to expire on July 15, 2016. Congress must either pass a bill or another extension to keep the FAA operating beyond the 15th.  N.O.I.S.E. will continue to closely monitor this situation and will update members on any input sought on this important initiative.


We will keep you updated on all developments as they occur.

N.O.I.S.E. Releases 2016 Federal and Legislative Priorities

Please see the Board-approved N.O.I.S.E. federal and legislative priorities for 2016 by clicking here. Please let us know if you have any questions or need additional information.

We would also like to bring to your attention specific language that Congresswoman Meng (D-NY-06)  is urging the House Appropriations Committee to include in funding for the Department of Transportation (DOT) which is directly referenced in our legislative priorities. If included, Congresswoman Meng's language would:

  1. Appropriate $1.5 million for Airport Technology Research Noise Programs to accurately measure annoyance and sleep disturbance in communities surrounding airports.
  2. Provide approximately $16 million for Research, Engineering, and Development - Environment and Energy Program which would be used to study the social impacts on aviation noise pollution.
  3. Prohibit federal dollars from funding the implementation of flight paths that were approved through a Categorical Exclusion (CatEx).
  4. Mandate that the FAA reexamine the ways in which aviation noise pollution is measured and propose revised methods and tools for changing how aviation noise pollution is gauged.

Follow this link to see Congresswoman Meng's press release.

N.O.I.S.E. staff will continue to monitor the appropriations process and will update N.O.I.S.E. members on any pertinent information. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us directly at ejtranter@locklaw.com. 

ALERT--N.O.I.S.E. Updates Social Media Presence

In order to spread awareness of the significant impact excessive aviation noise is having on local communities across the United States and information about ongoing N.O.I.S.E. advocacy to connect communities and policymakers on noise mitigation efforts, N.O.I.S.E. has renovated its social media presence. An example of our recent updates is information on our new PBN working group, available here. In engaging our members and the public through Facebook, we look forward to stimulating conversation on this important issue.

If you find an article, press release, post, or other piece of content that you believe other N.O.I.S.E. members would benefit from seeing, please share it with us! You can reach us on Facebook at National Organization to Insure a Sound-Controlled Environment or via email at contact@aviation-noise.com. And if you’re on social media too, please make sure to LIKE us on Facebook to stay in the loop about all things N.O.I.S.E.

N.O.I.S.E. Introduces Performance-based Navigation (PBN) Working Group

Nashville, TN – During its annual Policy Summit/Community Involvement Workshop at the National League of Cities (NLC) Conference, the National Organization to Insure a Sound-Controlled Environment (N.O.I.S.E) announced the creation of their Performance-based Navigation (PBN) working group.

The Working Group will be chaired by College Park, Georgia Councilman and active N.O.I.S.E. member Ambrose Clay, who has a background in technology and is sought out by community leaders from across the U.S. for counsel on PBN implementation issues.  Councilman Clay noted that “If we are to be effective in managing aircraft noise impacts on our communities, we need to acquire a common understanding of the technology and government rationale that are shaping the evolution of the national airspace, so that we can formulate strategies for working with airports and the FAA to locate aircraft flight paths appropriately.”

The creation of this working group is an effort to provide community leaders with a forum and ongoing resources to address the implications of PBN implementation at their airports.  The working group’s quarterly webinars will feature presentations by community leaders, industry stakeholders and N.O.I.S.E. staff to keep members updated and provide access to the latest information and developments at the FAA and in Congress related to PBN. In addition, N.O.I.S.E. staff will provide on-going access to reference materials and support for members and interested communities.

In a statement, N.O.I.S.E. President and Aurora, Colorado City Council Member Brad Pierce indicated that the organization’s announcement was in response to a need for resources and conversation from a community perspective around the issue of PBN implementation: “It is clear that communities are facing growing challenges with the implementation of PBN and our staff and key members have experience in these areas. We want to be sure to be a resource to communities and to help facilitate a space to share experiences and best practices as they relate to airport and FAA engagement.”

N.O.I.S.E. is an affiliate of the National League of Cities and has served for over four decades as America’s only nationwide, community-based association committed to reducing the impact of excessive aviation noise on local communities.  Composed of local elected officials representing thousands of citizens across the United States, N.O.I.S.E. serves to help communities join together and inject the concerns of their constituents into the national debate on aviation noise mitigation. NOISE hosts two major annual conferences in conjunction with the NLC, a spring summit in Washington, D.C. and a fall policy summit in various locations throughout the United States.

The first PBN Working Group Webinar will be scheduled soon, with details to follow. 

Click to view this press release as a PDF.

ALERT -- Policy Summit and Community Involvement Workshop Agenda

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

CLICK HERE FOR THE POLICY SUMMIT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT WORKSHOP AGENDA.

We wanted to remind you that N.O.I.S.E. will be hosting our annual Policy Summit and Community Involvement Workshop at the National League of Cities Convention in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, November 4 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Registration is free, so please email N.O.I.S.E. Communications Director, Patrick Maillet at pcmaillet@locklaw.com to register. 

This year's event will feature updates on federal policy that impacts air traffic control changes, as well as presentations from airport noise officers and community advocates who are on the front lines of aviation noise policy. Details about the topics and speakers at the event will be released as we get closer to the event. The presentations will go from 10:00am to 2:00pm; however, N.O.I.S.E. staff will be in the room answering questions from 9:00am-5:00pm. After the workshop, N.O.I.S.E. will be hosting a reception from 5:00pm-6:00pm. ClickHERE to see this years agenda. Please feel free to bring additional guests and colleagues.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with industry experts and your fellow communities to learn more about how you can work towards solutions to the negative impacts of aviation noise on your community. This event is Free to Register and again, please feel free to bring your neighbors and colleagues.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.

Registration and Agenda for PBN Working Group Webinar Wednesday January 20 @11AM EST

N.O.I.S.E. PBN Working Group Inaugural Webinar

Join us for a webinar on Jan 20, 2016 at 11:00 AM EST.

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4589640082672048129

Please join us for our first N.O.I.S.E. PBN Working Group Webinar. This is a chance for airport-impact communities and stakeholders to convene regularly and get updates on airport noise and community impact issues related to the FAA's NextGen system and Performance Based Navigation (PBN). These quarterly webinars will feature updates from N.O.I.S.E. leadership, staff and our organization's partners.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements

Agenda  

 Welcome and Introductions-Emily Tranter, N.O.I.S.E. National Coordinator

—  NextGen and PBN Overview and Background- Emily Tranter, N.O.I.S.E. National Coordinator

—  NextGen Noise Metrics Considerations (College Park, GA Case Study)-PBN Working Group Chair  Ambrose Clay, College Park, GA City Council

—  National Community and Federal Action Updates--Emily Tranter, N.O.I.S.E. National Coordinator

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me directly atejtranter@locklaw.com. 

 

Save the Date: N.O.I.S.E. Webinar on January 20, 2016—11 AM EST

Mark your calendars for N.O.I.S.E.’s inaugural PBN Working Group Webinar! This webinar will be the first in a quarterly series to provide our members with an update on developments at the FAA and in Congress related to Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) and provide access to the latest information on aviation noise issues. This event will feature N.O.I.S.E. PBN Working Group Chair Ambrose W. Clay and Emily Tranter. Mr. Clay is the Ward I Councilman for the City of College Park, GA and an active N.O.I.S.E. member. Ms. Tranter is N.O.I.S.E.’s National Coordinator.

Webinar access information will be provided after the New Year. Please contact Emily Tranter atejtranter@locklaw.com if you have any questions or need additional information.

Economic Study on Health Hazards from Environmental Noise

Washington, D.C. - (October 2) We wanted to make you aware of a recent article, An Economic Assessment of U.S. Environmental Noise as a Cardiovascular Health Hazard, published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. The article represents an important first step in efforts to estimate in real terms the economic and social costs of environmental noise exposure. The authors concluded that "reducing environmental noise by 5 dB LDN would reduce hypertension cases by an estimated 1.2 million (1.4%) and CHD cases by 279,000 (1.8%). The associated cost savings and productivity gains are estimated to exceed $3.9 billion annually, demonstrating that environmental noise has significant economic ramifications" and that "[e]vidence is gathering on other non-auditory health impacts of noise, such as annoyance, sleep deprivation, childhood learning disruption, stress, and mental health and future estimates can address these impacts." To read the article, click here. To read a synopsis,click here.

FAA Community Involvement Manual Update

Washington, D.C. –  (August 6, 2015) 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. Read the alert here.

Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus Outlines Aviation Noise Priorities

Washington, D.C. –  (July 17, 2015) 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. Read the alert here.

FAA Overhaul Mark-up Scheduled for July 9

Washington, D.C. –  (June 25, 2015) 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. Read the alert here.