ACI and CANSO partner to launch new initiative to reduce noise from aviation

24 September 2015 (Last Updated September 24th, 2015 18:30)

Airports Council International (ACI) and Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) have joined forces to launch a new initiative to help reduce noise from aviation.

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Airports Council International (ACI) and Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) have joined forces to launch a new initiative to help reduce noise from aviation.

Under the initiative, both the entities have published a practise guide 'Managing the Impacts of Aviation Noise', which examines the challenge of aviation noise and suggests methods to aimed to reduce aviation noise for communities near airports.

Noise mitigation measures in the guide exemplifies 11 case studies along with solutions and describes methods that airport operators and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) can use to manage and reduce impact of the noise.

Reflecting on four current approaches for managing noise such as reducing noise at the source, land use planning, noise-reducing operational procedures, and operating restrictions, the guide also highlights the significance of stakeholder collaboration in effective management of the aviation noise.

"This publication provides a template for action on noise."

Additionally, it recommends operational procedures and techniques such as tailored arrivals, continuous descent operations, arrival or departure path alternation and managing thrust.

ACI World director general Angela Gittens said: "The aviation industry needs to address the concerns of local communities about aviation noise to maintain the support of governments and the general public and to maintain our licence to operate.

"The industry must do more work collaboratively and pool its collective ingenuity and innovative capabilities to develop solutions that address the noise challenge. This publication provides a template for action on noise."

CANSO director general Jeff Poole said: "Key to our success in reducing noise is partnership and joint action among airports, airlines and air traffic management, engaging with local communities, to deliver measurable results.

"We are now rolling this initiative out to CANSO Members through the aid of regional expert champions and through workshops at CANSO regional conferences, as well as other global and regional events."

The initiative is to be rolled out to airports and air traffic management organisations and will be collectively implemented by ANSPs, airports and aircraft operators across the globe.

With the increased number of complaints regarding the aviation noise, the US Department of Transportation's (DoT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) commissioned a study to review aircraft noise and its effect on people staying in the vicinity of 20 airports in May this year.


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