Eugene M. ReindelVice President
Gene has focused the greater part of his career on aircraft noise and consulting across the country and internationally. As Vice…
The Boca Raton Airport Authority hosted the ninth annual AAAE Airport Noise Mitigation Symposium (ANMS), which turned out to be one of the best nine years. Kim Singer, Boca Raton Airport Authority Public Affairs and ANMS Chair for 2009, provided venue in Delray Beach that will be nearly impossible to beat, and scheduled a tour of their recently completed sound insulation program which highlighted the designs required to meet the recently updated codes in south Florida.
In between the fun, the ANMS provided attendees with applicable information for implementing a successful airport sound insulation or land acquisition program as part of their noise mitigation. Topics ranged from shrinking noise contours to noise programs outside the 65 DNL on the noise side, to dealing with homeowners and green technologies on the implementation side, to implementing land acquisition programs and disposing of land acquired for noise purposes. The most interesting session occurred when contractors and suppliers identified issues prevalent in sound insulation programs around the country and sought out solutions from the roundtable members and the audience. This session was successful at keeping the audience engaged throughout the duration, much akin to the Merv Griffin Show – okay, now I am dating myself.
I feel compelled to recognize Eric Raboin from the Jones Payne Group in Boston for chairing the ANMS Agenda Committee and for delivering the successful and compelling agenda for the conference attendees. Due to the economy at airports, the session moderators had a difficult time finding speakers, but through perseverance of the moderators and the unwavering support from Mr. Raboin, all the sessions were a success. At the ANMS Planning Committee debrief after the Symposium concluded, the entire Committee in attendance thanked Mr. Raboin for his dedication and service with round of applause.
For airports in the throws of implementing a sound insulation programs and/or a land acquisition program, or for those airports beginning or considering to implement such a program, the ANMS is a must attend event. The social networking with peers in similar programs across the country is undeniably beyond compare. You will get more information and tools to help ensure a successful program at your airport in two days at the ANMS than you would otherwise obtain in a year of planning. And the connections you make at the ANMS will remain intact as you continue throughout the year in your programs.
I am already looking forward to the 10th annual ANMS, which will be hosted by San Francisco International Airport in early October, 2010. Mark your calendars for October 3, 4, and 5, 1010. I hope to see you in San Francisco.