Course Outline

Day 1
Topic Description
Session 1: Airport Noise Terminology – Acoustics 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.
Session 2: Airport Noise Terminology – Metrics 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.
Session 3: Aircraft Noise Effects and Land Use Compatibility 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.
Session 4: Federal Noise Regulations Covers the federal noise regulations that govern the discussion of airport noise issues, including: NEPA; and FAR Parts 36, 91, 150, and 161.
Day 2
Session 5: Noise Modeling Presents an overview of aircraft noise modeling techniques.
Session 6: Aircraft Noise Measurement 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.
Session 7: Noise Monitoring Systems  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.
Session 8: Sound Insulation Provides an overview of sound insulation fundamentals.


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