FICAN was formed in 1993 to provide forums for debate over future research needs to understand, predict and better control the effects of aviation noise, and to encourage new development efforts in these areas. Each of the U.S. federal agencies conducting significant research on aviation-related noise is represented on FICAN. Other agencies that do not conduct research but have broad policy roles with respect to aviation noise issues are also represented. Current members include: the Departments of Defense, Transportation, Interior, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA.
HMMH has administered FICAN’s activities since its formation in 1994. This includes coordinating all meetings, public forums, and symposia; preparing meeting minutes, annual reports, and technical reports; and managing FICAN’s website.