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.