White Paper – 2018 FAA Reauthorization Noise Provisions

10.31.2018 | Mary Ellen Eagan |

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 devotes an entire Subtitle D to “Airport Noise and Environmental Streamlining”. Among the twenty-two provisions enacted by the Subtitle, fourteen deal directly or indirectly with aircraft noise. These provisions fall into several broad categories:

  • Studies: The Act requires the FAA and GAO to conduct a range of studies on noise effects, including annoyance and health effects; as well as a study evaluating the potential phase out of Stage 3 aircraft.
  • NextGen: There are a number of provisions targeted to addressing some of the challenges that have arisen from NextGen implementation
  • Supersonic: Section requires FAA to “exercise leadership in the creation of Federal and international policies, regulations and standards relating to the certification and safe and efficient operation of civil supersonic aircraft.”
  • Miscellaneous provisions include the mandatory use of the New York North Shore Helicopter Route in Long Island and a measure to allow flights by stage 2 aircraft at a small number of airports.

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Mary Ellen Eagan

President & CEO

As President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of HMMH, Mary Ellen is responsible for providing strategic, innovative leadership for the company and management to achieve long-term goals, development strategies, and policies. She became HMMH’s third President in July 2004 and was appointed CEO and Chairman in 2012.

In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Mary Ellen’s consulting practice focuses on the environmental impacts of aviation, with a particular emphasis on noise mitigation. She is principal-in-charge for some of the firm’s most challenging projects, including Part 150 Noise Studies for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and support to the Federal Interagency Committee on Aircraft Noise.

Mary Ellen is very active in the industry. She is former Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Aviation Group, and served as the 2018 Board Chair of Airport Consultants Council (ACC). She is also actively involved with Airports Council International, serving as co-chair of the Noise Working Group and a Business Partner to the ACI World Environment Standing Committee.

Mary Ellen holds an M.B.A. from Simmons College and a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University.

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