Hosted at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, this course is designed for Airport Noise Officers and other professionals dealing with aircraft noise. It provides an excellent background and discussion of many topics that airport noise officers deal with on a daily basis. The course will cover:
- Acoustics terminology
- The effects of noise on people
- Aircraft noise regulations
- Noise modeling concepts
- Public information tools
- Current events (including PBN implementation)
Course participants will receive course notes, materials that support and expand on material covered in the course.
Lead instructor Brad Nicholas supports projects by performing airline fleet analysis, aircraft noise measurements and analysis, radar data analysis, and aircraft noise modeling. He is an experienced user of the FAA’s Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT), and Braunstein + Berndt’s SoundPLAN. Visit his bio for more information.
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: scientific notation, logarithms, sound pressure levels, propagation effects, and the decibel.
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.
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.
Covers the federal noise regulations that govern the discussion of airport noise issues, including: NEPA; and FAR Parts 36, 91, 150, and 161.
Presents an overview of aircraft noise modeling techniques.
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; troubleshooting in the field; and reporting methodology.
Describes some of the permanent and portable noise monitoring systems available on the market. Topics will include procurement techniques; and most importantly, what to do with data from monitoring systems.
Provides an overview of sound insulation fundamentals.