2022 Virtual Airport Noise Course

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This multi-day course is designed for airport noise officers and other professionals dealing with aircraft noise. It provides a comprehensive background and discussion of many topics that airport noise officers deal with on a daily basis. The course will cover 8 main topics, each in its own 1.5-hour module:

  1. Acoustics (as applied to environmental analyses)
  2. Aircraft Noise Terminology – Metrics
  3. Federal Aviation Noise Regulations
  4. Effects of Aircraft Noise on People
  5. Noise Measurements
  6. Aircraft Noise Modeling
  7. Airport Noise Management
  8. Aviation Noise Mitigation

Course participants will receive an electronic copy of the course materials that support and expand on material covered in each module they attend. Participants may choose to attend any number of modules, with a per-module discount for all eight. A certificate will be provided to those who attend the full course.

Due to the popularity and flexibility of the online format, we are holding the course virtually again, as a webinar. Eight modules will be spread out over four days, leaving time in your day to attend to other business.

HMMH’s virtual airport noise course is designed to be responsive to the needs of a variety of people involved in issues surrounding aviation noise, including:

  • Airport noise officers
  • Aviation planners
  • Reviewers of environmental documents containing noise exposure maps
  • Preparers of noise exposure maps, including environmental consultants

The course provides an overview of the technical, legal, and practical issues that are important for professionals dealing with airport noise issues and is delivered through Zoom in eight modules over four days.

Course Outline

DAY 1: Monday, Oct 31, 2022


Module 1: Acoustics (11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET)

Provides a thorough discussion of the mathematical description of aircraft noise – the acoustics that underlie the noise terminology we use on a daily basis. Specific topics will include: sound pressure levels, decibels, human perception of sound, and sound propagation.

Module 2: Aircraft Noise Terminology (1:00 – 2:30 pm ET)

Provides a discussion of the noise terminology most commonly used to describe aircraft noise. Specific measures will include: the A-weighted decibel, Time Above, Sound Exposure Level, Equivalent Sound Level, Day-Night Average Sound Level, and Community Noise Equivalent Level.

DAY 2: Tuesday, Nov 1, 2022

Module 3: Federal Aviation Noise Regulations (11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET)

Covers the federal noise regulations that govern the discussion of aircraft noise, including NEPA and Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), specifically Parts 36, 91, 150, and 161.

Module 4: Effects of Aircraft Noise on People (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET)

Covers the effects of aircraft noise on people, including both behavioral and health effects. We also will discuss federal and local guidelines for assessing the compatibility of aircraft noise with land use.

DAY 3: Wednesday, Nov 2, 2022

Module 5: Noise Measurements (11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET)

Includes techniques for making noise measurements near an airport, such as the factors that help determine when and where measurements should be made; how to make measurements; and reporting methodology.

Module 6: Aircraft Noise Modeling (1:00 – 2:30 pm ET)

Presents an overview of aircraft noise modeling techniques with a focus on the most recent version of the FAA’s noise model, AEDT.

DAY 4: Thursday, Nov 3, 2022

Module 7: Airport Noise Management (11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET)

Describes airport noise and operation monitoring systems and capabilities including design, specifications, and procurement, and most importantly, what to do with information collected through these monitoring systems. We will also discuss the role of the airport noise manager as liaison with the community.

Module 8: Aviation Noise Mitigation (1:00 – 2:30 pm ET)

Provides an overview of aircraft noise mitigation, focusing on sound insulation program fundamentals. Discussion topics will include program eligibility, funding, and planning, and acoustical testing.


You may register for individual modules or for the entire course. You will receive a certificate of completion only for completing all eight modules.

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