In early 2020, I was very busy in my consultant role as a technical advisor on aviation noise; its management, impacts and research. By contrast, in early 2021, I have been balancing home schooling, NHS vaccinating, and a myriad of other activities whilst trying to keep abreast of the future of the aviation industry. No one could have predicted how quickly our lives can change as a result of a worldwide pandemic.
Pre-pandemic, aviation was growing, billions of pounds were being spent on reducing aviation noise at source, the ICAO Balanced Approach to aircraft noise management was being pursued, operating procedures were improving, and better mitigation/insulation was being introduced. On the other hand, there also appeared to be reduced trust between community and industry, and an increase in the level of annoyance, with perhaps a slavish obsession with the number of people inside a noise contour.
However, in the last 5 years a change in airport behaviour had started to emerge. A research roadmap had been considered. It was recognised that noise management is at the core of planning, that noise had to be managed in a more sustainable and transparent way, and both acoustic and non-acoustic factors need to be taken into account. Our Airports Team at Anderson Acoustics had been considering some of the key challenges to developing effective aviation noise management before the pandemic.
Post-pandemic, as aviation grows back, there should be opportunities to reduce noise and build trust, leading to a more sustainable future for aviation – those opportunities start now. The presentation will reflect on parallel lessons from this pandemic experience and how we can apply these to the effective management of aviation noise as the industry recovers.
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