** This webinar is for FAC Members only. Webinar Start Time: 11:30 a.m.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a drastic reduction (in some cases over 95%) in air traffic operations at airports around the country. The only other time such extreme conditions occurred was after 9/11 (with three days of a total ground stop). The data gathered during that time period has been used in a number of studies since as an extreme condition comparison point, and serves as our best estimate of what “ambient” noise and air quality levels around airport communities would be in the absence of aircraft activity. The current situation presents an opportunity to collect significantly more data to better understand: 1) how much airport noise and air quality have changed, as compared with a similar “normal” period; 2) how much aircraft noise and air quality have changed in comparison to the total number of airport operations; 3) how much complaint numbers have changed, as compared with a similar “normal” period; 4) correlations between airport operations, noise, air quality, and complaints (number of complaints, time of day, location, frequent vs. first time callers, etc), and how complaints change as operations start to recover. This research will also help airports better understand non-acoustic factors of annoyance, and quality of life issues, which will in turn enable airports to focus on issues they can control or influence in the future, particularly as the industry starts to return to normal operations (the timeline for which is currently unknown). HMMH has worked with several airports to analyze noise monitoring, air quality, and operations data to address these questions. During this webinar,
HMMH will present the preliminary findings from this research and engage participants in a discussion on noise, air quality, complaints and community engagement during COVID.
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