Session Content

Virtual Program

The 2021 ANE Symposium will be hosted virtually to ensure our members can stay healthy and do not have additional large financial burdens. Sessions will begin on Tuesday, February 23rd starting at 8:00 a.m. PST, lasting approximately 4 hours each day and concluding on Friday, February 26th. If you are interested in sharing on one of the topics below, please let us know!

This year, due to the conference format restrictions and additional time constraints, the symposium will not be hosting any trainings. You may review prior year trainings on their websites: 

Monday, February 22

Aviation Noise Officer Meeting

Hosted By: Sam Tan, DFW & Sandy Lancaster, DFW

This year’s Aviation Noise Officer Meeting provides a unique opportunity for symposium attendees to review the COVID recovery and planning actions to address new community concerns. Vince Mestre will start with a brief overview of his book “A Guide to U.S. Aircraft Noise Regulatory Policy” and Mike McKee will follow by sharing the Denver Noise Program and Recent Challenges. Finally, a panel discussion between Mike Jeck, MWAA, Sjohnna Knack, San Diego, Xiaobo Liu, PANYNJ and Sandy Lancaster, DFW will review how COVID impacted their airport operations and how the community responded as well as any planning efforts for community engagement with public as operations return. We anticipate an informative exchange about past and future aircraft noise regulatory policy.


Tuesday, February 23

Aircraft Noise and Overflight Dispersion: Opportunities and Challenges

Session Chairs: Jorge Rodriguez Cifuentes, MITRE & Anne Hollander, Montgomery County Quiet Skies Coalition

The implementation of NextGen airspace modernization programs such as Metroplex and the increased use of satellite-based navigation has brought numerous safety, efficiency, and environmental benefits. However, it has also concentrated noise and overflights for some communities directly under the flight paths. In 2018, due to the growing demands of communities seeking relief from increased noise concentration and overflights, Congress required the FAA to consider dispersion or other lateral track variations when proposing or amending departure procedures. Dispersion has the potential to mitigate the effects of noise and overflight concentration, however, it can be challenging to implement without impacting safety and efficiency or raising noise and overflight concerns for other communities.

Speakers from a variety of perspectives will share their thoughts regarding the problem and its potential solutions. What do successful dispersion concepts look like? Can they be implemented while maintaining safety and efficiency? Will they meet community expectations and address their concerns? Join this session and find out.


Session Sponsored by Envirosuite

Doubling Down: Implementing Noise Reductions During Recovery

Session Chairs: Veronica Bradley, Airlines for America, Steve Alverson, Environmental Science Associates

Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, U.S. airlines were transporting a record 2.5 million passengers and 58,000 tons of cargo each day. As travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders were implemented, demand for air travel declined sharply hitting passenger airlines hard, while air cargo operations remained strong with their critical role in combatting COVID-19. Notwithstanding the passenger industry’s long road to recovery, U.S. airlines are maintaining their commitment to reduce noise impacts on local communities. During this session, you will hear from U.S. airline representatives about how COVID-19 has impacted their noise work, highlighting recent accomplishments and near-term goals in reducing noise through fleet makeup and operational improvements.


Session Sponsored by Crawford, Murphy & Tilly

Wednesday, February 24

The Direct and Indirect Impacts of Aviation on Human Health

Session Chairs: Jennifer Landesmann, Sky Posse Palo Alto, Xiaobo Liu, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

This session will present recent studies on direct impact on human health from both air quality and noise standpoints. The impacts of aviation on human health is complex and complicated. More and more studies have been conducted to understand the impact from different levels and different perspectives. Through the discussion, the session hopes to provide a holistic view on the impact of aviation.


How will Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) benefit communities?

Session Chairs: Yolanka Wulf, CAMI, Alex Gertsen, National Business Aviation Association, Gabe Andino, Teterboro Airport

This session will explore the integration of advanced air mobility into communities by considering the role of smaller regional and GA airports in these communities. This role will include various aspects of electric aviation, including IFR and VFR flight services, charging infrastructure, and maintenance. However, this role can be expanded to provide broader services to the community, including serving as a charging hub for ground transportation, as a collection site for clean electricity, as a hub for multiple modes of transportation, and as a distribution center for goods and services. With cleaner and quieter operations, and expanded opportunities, small airports can become a significant asset for their community. Speakers will present on advanced air mobility, transportation planning and case studies of GA airports incorporating AAM.

Thursday, February 25

Climate Change and Aviation: Opportunities in the Midst of Adversity

Session Chairs: Rachel Burbidge, EUROCONTROL, Eric Lu, Ramboll, Ian Jopson, NATS

Despite the devastating impact of COVID-19, tackling climate change remains high on the aviation sector’s agenda. This session will discuss the efforts that airports and the aviation industry are continuing to pursue to address that challenge. The financial impact due to the COVID pandemic on airports and airlines has forced the industry to re-assess how resources are used. The challenges of climate change, however, still exist and are growing. Airports and the aviation industry continue to focus on approaches to reduce and minimize GHG impacts, and on preparations for the adaptation to climate change. Speakers in this session will discuss how airports and aviation are finding opportunity in the adversity that the industry currently faces.


Aviation Emissions: Reduction Efforts and Current Research

Session Chairs: John Pehrson, CDM Smith, Robbie Gross, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly

This session will exhibit the current efforts and research toward understanding and reducing aviation-related emissions. There are various sources of air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions at airports including, but not limited to, aircraft, ground support equipment (GSE), aircraft auxiliary power units (APUs), passenger and employee motor vehicles, construction activities, and building energy use. Airports are actively working toward understanding and reducing emissions from these sources, however doing so is often complicated by the varying levels of ownership and control of the sources, as well as the involvement of multiple stakeholders. Additionally, there is ongoing research into the efficacy of various emission reduction efforts and their best means of implementation. This session will include presentations from airport representatives on their efforts, successes, and lessons learned. Additionally, research and results pertaining to aviation-related emissions and reduction methods will be presented.


Friday, February 26

Aircraft Noise and Emissions Legislation in the Next CongressPriorities, Perspectives, and Predictions

Session Chairs: Anne Hollander, Montgomery County Quiet Skies, Anne Kohut, Airport Noise Report/Aviation Emissions Report, Dave Carbone, LGN Aviation Policy Group,

This session will focus on federal legislation addressing aircraft noise and emissions that is likely to be introduced or reintroduced during the 117th U.S. Congress, which convened on Jan. 3, 2021. The new Congress must balance the needs of a struggling aviation industry battered by COVID-19 with the growing demands of communities seeking relief from aviation health and environmental impacts. Speakers from a variety of perspectives will share their thoughts regarding legislative priorities and specific provisions that might have enough support to pass the House and Senate in light of the outcome of the Nov. 3 presidential and congressional elections. Could the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 be amended? What are communities’ legislative priorities? What legislation will the House Quiet Skies Caucus introduce? Could there be any win-win legislative outcomes for the industry and communities? Join this session and find out.


Community Groups and Organizations Workshop

A Conversation with the Authors of A Guide to U.S. Aircraft Noise Regulatory Policy

Hosted By: Anne Kohut, Airport Noise Report and Aviation Emissions Report, Dave Carbone, LGN Aviation Policy Group, Anne Hollander, Montgomery County Quiet Skies, Jennifer Landesmann, Sky Posse Palo Alto

This year’s Community Workshop provides a unique opportunity for symposium attendees to ask two of the leading experts on the development of U.S. aircraft noise policy – Sanford Fidell and Vincent Mestre – about their new book, which provides the history, context, and analysis necessary to understand contemporary U.S. aircraft noise policy. We anticipate an informative exchange about past and future aircraft noise regulatory policy. Join us for what promises to be an illuminating hour and a half-long Q/A.


The book and it’s chapters are available for purchase on amazon or here: