With little fanfare, (FAA announced it through a line item buried deep in its website on its “airport noise” page), PARTNER (Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction) began a new website: NoiseQuest: Aviation Noise Information & Resources. PARTNER, which is “an FAA/NASA/Transport Canada-sponsored Center of Excellence,” has lined up
- The Pennsylvania State University
- Purdue University
- Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc.
- Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
- Palisades Citizens Association
- Wyle Laboratories
to be the sponsors of the site. Despite the decidedly muted introduction, in setting up the site the sponsors state that the goal of NoiseQuest is to “your source for information on aviation noise. Our main goal is to improve the relationship between airports and their surrounding communities.”
The NoiseQuest Community Forum is part of the Wyle Discussion Forum Website. This forum gives you an opportunity to share your ideas, interests, and question. Through this forum, we want to hear and discuss your noise problems and solutions, identify existing, effective outreach and education practices, and to share information between groups or individuals.
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While community outreach is an important part of the FAA’s strategy with respect to aviation, the community has to feel that not only does it have the opportunity to comment, but that its comments are heard, digested and implemented by the FAA, airports, and airlines. With the lack of attention that was paid to the roll-out of this website, one wonders if FAA is serious in wanting to start a dialog with the communities surrounding airports about noise and emissions. This could be a powerful tool in fostering communication between FAA and the communities if it is managed properly and results are taken to heart. Such communication would be a benefit for the airports, airlines, the communities, and FAA.
- Presentation on Aviation Noise, presented at the AAAE Environmental Management Conference, February 10, 2009.