Archive for May, 2013

Report from ACI-NA Environmental Affairs Conference

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

by Mary Ellen Eagan

ACI-NA’s Annual Environmental Affairs Conference was held this week in Halifax, NS.  The agenda was robust and featured several innovations, including the use of TurningPoint polling technology and providing the ability for several travel-challenged speakers to participate remotely via webinar.   I had the privilege of participating directly in three sessions:

  • Is Perception Reality?  Human Health Studies & Risk Management – A Hypothetical Airport Case Study:  In this session, we conducted a “table-top” exercise of how airports respond to concerns about potential for health issues resulting from airport (noise, emissions, etc).  This interactive panel role-played an airport staff meeting – including a surprise visit by the concerned citizen, Mr. Bob Jones from Erewhon, YZ.
  • Technology Tools for Environmental Management:  this session provided an overview of GIS and other tools that are being to deployed to cost-effectively manage airport environmental issues.  My presentation, “There’s an app for that! Tools and technology for addressing aircraft noise issues” provided an overview of recent advances in noise monitoring.
  • Noise and NextGen:  I provided an update on the work of the RTCA’s CATEX 2 Working Group, which has finalized its recommendation to the NextGen Advisory Committee (it will be presented at the NAC on June 4).
Decibel 10th iphone app

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Looking forward to the next Environmental Affairs Seminar in San Jose, CA at the ACI-NA Annual Conference.

Report from ACI World Environment Standing Committee

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

by Mary Ellen Eagan

I attended my first ACI World Environment Standing Committee meeting in Montreal Canada last week.  It was interesting to learn that airports struggle with many of the same issues around the world.

One of the emerging issues that will be coming to an airport near you is health effects of aviation.  It’s worth reading the World Health Organization’s publication Methodological guidance for estimating the burden of disease from environmental noise, which focuses on the concept of potential years of life lost due to premature death to include equivalent years of healthy life lost by virtue of individuals being in states of poor health or disability. One DALY can be thought of as one lost year of healthy life.