Speaker Biographies

James (Jim) Allerdice Jr.

James K. (Jim) Allerdice, Jr.

Managing Partner, ABCx2, LLC

Jim Allerdice began his Air Traffic Control career when he entered the United States Air Force in May 1980. After receiving an Honorable discharge from the US Air Force, Jim began his 31-year FAA career in November 1983. He has worked in all types of Terminal facilities culminating with over 22-years at Atlanta Tower/TRACON. Jim was the Chief Designer of the Area Navigation (RNAV) infrastructure for the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL). Jim was the Lead Specialist for the Atlanta Class B Airspace redesign. This required organizing public forums for discussion and feedback on the Class B design through contacts with local, state, and federal agencies. 

Since retiring from the FAA in November 2014, Jim, and the other founding partners, formed ABCx2, LLC, a consulting firm that is dedicated to providing support for communities impacted by aircraft noise surrounding America’s airports, big and small. Jim has been Managing Partner for ABCx2 since February 2015. ABCx2 provides advocacy for communities with airport staff, the FAA, and the aviation industry to reach collaborative solutions for impacted communities that provide meaningful, measurable, and implementable results

Dispersion in the Age of RNAV

A discussion concerning the use of PBN Procedures to create track variability at two representative airports.


Steve Alterman

Steve Alterman

President, Cargo Airlines Association

Stephen Alterman is the President of the Cargo Airline Association where he leads the Association in promoting the all-cargo air carrier industry, formulating industry policy and overseeing the Association’s daily activities. Steve is also a Senior Partner in Meyers & Alterman, a Washington, D.C. law firm specializing in air transportation law. Steve began his career in aviation in 1968 in the Bureau of Enforcement for the United States Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). Initially hired as a Trial Attorney, he was soon promoted to Chief of the Legal Division. In 1975, he joined the Cargo Airline Association as Executive Director and in 1982 took the lead role as President. Steve’s educational experience includes a law degree from Boston University School of Law (1968) and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (1965). He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Session: 

Doubling Down: Implementing Noise Reductions During Recovery

Susan Averett

Susan Averett

Dana Professor of Economics, Lafayette College

Susan L. Averett is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics.  She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado. She has authored dozens of articles. Her current research focuses on under-represented women working in STEM fields. She is also doing research on the effects of noise and light pollution on infant health. She is the co-author, with Saul D. Hoffman of the textbook “Women and the Economy: Family Work and Pay” and a fourth edition will come out in the winter of 2021. Along with Laura Argys and Saul Hoffman, she is the editor of the Handbook of Women and the Economy published in May 2018 by Oxford University Press. Averett is also an IZA research fellow and is currently a co-editor for the journal Economics and Human Biology

Residential noise exposure and health: Evidence from aviation noise and birth outcomes

Utilizing information on exact home addresses on birth records, we exploit arguably exogenous variation in noise exposure triggered by a new Federal Aviation Administration policy called NextGen, which unintentionally increased noise levels in communities experiencing concentrated flight patterns. We examine the fetal health impact of exposure to noise levels in excess of the EPA and the WHO recommended threshold of 55 dB. We find that the likelihood of having low birth weight (LBW) babies increases by 1.6 percentage points among mothers who live close to the airport, in the direction of the runway, exposed to noise levels over the 55 dB threshold, and during the period when NextGen was more actively implemented at the airport. Our finding has important policy implications for the trade-off between flight pattern optimization and human health in light of the long-term impact of LBW on later life outcomes.


Mathias Basner

Mathias Basner

Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc is Associate Professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Basner received his degree in Medicine and his Ph.D. in Research from the University of Bochum, Germany, and his Master of Science in Epidemiology degree from the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Dr. Basner trained at the Institute for Applied Physiology at the University of Bochum and worked as a Research Associate at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Aerospace Medicine from 1999 until 2009, where he headed the Flight Physiology Division in 2008 and 2009. In January 2010, Dr. Basner was recruited to the University of Pennsylvania to assume the position of Assistant Professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015.

Dr. Basner's primary research interests concern the effects of traffic noise on sleep and health, the effects of sleep loss on neurobehavioral functions, population studies on sleep time and waking activities, and the effects of long-duration space missions on astronaut behavioral health. Dr. Basner conducted several large scale laboratory and field studies on the effects of traffic noise on sleep since 1999. For this research, Dr. Basner was awarded the Science Award of the German Aerospace Center in 2007 and the Science Award of the German Academy for Aviation and Travel Medicine in 2010.

Dr. Basner is currently President of the International Commission of Biological Effects of Noise (ICBEN). He is advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) concerning traffic noise effects on sleep, and member of the Impacts and Science Group (ISG) of the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Dr. Basner is a member of the Sleep Research Society (SRS), the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), and member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). He is Associate Editor of the journal Sleep Health and an editorial board member of the journal Frontiers in Physiology. He has reviewed articles for >85 scientific journals.

From Research to Implementation: a perspective after 20 years of public health research

Marylin Bastin

Marylin Bastin

Head of Aviation Sustainability, EUROCONTROL

Marylin joined EUROCONTROL as Head of Aviation Sustainability in 2020. She has over 15 years of experience within the air traffic management (ATM) community including the management of multinational projects. Prior to joining EUROCONTROL, Marylin worked at Skeyes, the Belgian Air Navigation Services provider, where she was responsible for Environment and Procedure design. She has co-chaired the EUROCONTROL CCO/CDO task force as well as the Standing Committee on Environment for FABEC (Functional Airspace Block Europe Central). Marylin is a Belgian national and an engineer by training.


Lynae Craig

Manager, Air Traffic & Airfield Operations, Alaska Airlines

Lynae Craig is the Manager, Air Traffic and Airfield Operations at Alaska Airlines.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Studies from the University of North Dakota and is a commercial-instrument rated pilot.   With over twenty-five years of airport and airline experience, she is recognized for her focus on safety, collaboration and problem-solving.  Lynae’s background also includes managing airport noise abatement programs and Performance Based Navigation implementation, balancing NAS efficiency needs with community environmental concerns.  In her current role, she works closely with Airports and ATC facilities to ensure safety, efficiency and access across Alaska Airlines‘ network and is a frequent participant on SRM panels related to airfield construction, flight procedures and operational changes.  Lynae resides in Seattle, WA with her husband and two daughters. 

Doubling Down: Implementing Noise Reductions During Recovery

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.


Chris Dorbian

Chris Dorbian

General Engineer, Federal Aviation Administration

Chris is a General Engineer with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the Office of Environment and Energy (AEE). He leads AEE’s research program to identify and accelerate the implementation of operational concepts that will reduce aviation environmental impacts and/or improve energy efficiency. He is also a program engineer on the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise (CLEEN) Program, FAA’s principal environmental effort to accelerate the development of new aircraft and engine technologies and advance sustainable aviation fuels. Since joining the FAA in 2013, Chris has had extensive experience in formulating and managing multidisciplinary research, engineering, and development projects as well as conducting simulations, modeling, and analysis to
address technical problems in aviation. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

FAA Aircraft Technology Research for Reduced Fuel, Emissions, and Noise

The FAA is developing certifiable aircraft and engine technologies that reduce noise and emissions while increasing fuel efficiency in partnership with industry through the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) program. Technologies developed by the CLEEN Program will result in an aircraft fleet that generates lower noise, uses less fuel, and produces fewer emissions, thus supporting the overarching environmental performance goal for NextGen to achieve environmental protection that allows sustained aviation growth. This presentation will provide an overview of the FAA CLEEN Program, including past successes and future plans.


Sanford (Sandy) Fidell

President, Fidell Associates Inc.

Session Presenter:
  • Aviation Noise Officer Meeting
  • Community Group Meeting

Jacqueline Hamilton

Senior Council, Office of Congressmember Karen Bass

Session: Aircraft Noise and Emissions Legislation in the Next Congress: Priorities, Perspectives, and Predictions

Neelakshi Hudda

Neelakshi Hudda

Research Assistant Professor, Tufts University

Dr. Hudda’s main area of research is urban air pollution with a particular focus on transportation emissions. She has been investigating ambient air pollution, indoor intrusion in various microenvironments, and mitigation strategies for over 12 years.Before entering her current role as faculty at Tufts University in 2017, she worked as a post-doc at USC and Tufts researching the impacts of aviation emissions on ground-level air quality and published the seminal work on the long spatial range of downwind impacts of aviation emission on ultrafine particles. 

Preterm birth rates among mothers exposed to ultrafine particles from jet exhaust

We analyzed the records for all births between 2008 and 2016 to mothers residing within 15 km of Los Angeles International Airport and assessed their exposure to ultrafine particles (UFP, particles < 100 nm) originating from jet exhaust. We evaluated whether this exposure was associated with increased rates of preterm birth (PTB) and found that In utero exposure to jet exhaust origin UFPs was positively associated with PTB. We will present the context, methods, and results of this study. The results are of public health concern because UFP exposures affect large, densely-populated residential areas in vicinity of many major airports.


Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson

Director, Aviation Environment Federation

Tim is the Director of the UK-based Aviation Environment Federation (AEF), an NGO dedicated to tackling aviation’s environmental impacts on behalf of impacted community groups. He is a lead representative for the environmental NGOs at the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) where he co-led the Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection’s (CAEP) task group to develop the “offset eligibility criteria” for use in the global market-based measure CORSIA. He is a member of the Department for Transport’s newly created Jet Zero Council, and its Airspace Strategy Board and Noise and Airspace Engagement Group. He is also an advisory board member of the UK Sustainable Aviation initiative and ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme.

How the pandemic has created an opportunity to reassess environmental goals

Peter Kirsch

Peter J. Kirsch

Partner, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell

Peter J. Kirsch is a partner with the law firm of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, with offices in Washington, DC. and Denver, Colorado. For  more than 30 years, Mr. Kirsch has concentrated his practice on airport development and regulatory issues.  He regularly advises airports and local governments on land use law, federal legislation and regulations, and airport financial issues.  He has represented clients in precedent-setting litigation relating to the powers of airport proprietors, control of airport noise, and preventing encroachment of incompatible land uses.  He has been involved in dozens of airport expansions, redevelopment projects, airport collateral land projects and airport lease negotiations.  He has represented clients on preparation of Part 150 and Part 161 studies, in defense of litigation over noise impacts, and in the design of noise abatement

Aircraft Noise and Emissions Legislation in the Next Congress: Priorities, Perspectives, and Predictions

This presentation will discuss the prospects for noise- and emissions-related legislation in the 118th Congress and the implications of the new administration on federal law concerning aircraft noise.


Vincent (Vince) Mestre

Associate Vice President, Landrum & Brown

Session Presenter:
  • Aviation Noise Officer Meeting
  • Community Group Meeting

Rich Swayze

Rich Swayze

Director, Government Policy, Delta Airlines

Rich Swayze most recently served as the Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Prior to the FAA, Rich was the Senior Professional Staff Member for the Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where he handled aviation issues related to the FAA, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Before joining the Senate, Rich worked for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) leading transportation research projects.

Session:

Doubling Down: Implementing Noise Reductions During Recovery

Christiane Voigt

Head of Department, German Aerospace Center, Institute of Atmospheric Physics 

Session: 

Aviation Emissions: Reduction Efforts and Current Research

Darlene Yaplee

Darlene Yaplee

Aviation-Impacted Communities Alliance (AICA) and Palo Alto Citizens

Darlene Yaplee is a founding member of the Aviation-Impacted Communities Alliance. AICA is a small, focused group of community advocates around the U.S. working to create position papers and briefings on legislative issues and priorities for aviation-impacted communities. She is active with Palo Alto Citizens, working to mitigate the negative noise and emissions impacts of aviation in the San Francisco Bay Area / NorCal Metroplex. Darlene brings 30+ years of experience as a marketing executive at Fortune 500, high-technology companies where she worked on strategic alliances, international marketing, and new market development. She was the Chief Marketing Officer at PLOS, a nonprofit Open Access Science publisher and advocacy organization where she promoted the understanding and adoption of Open Access with organizations such as Google, the Wellcome Trust, and Research Universities. Darlene has been a guest lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Santa Clara University.  She was the University of California, Davis Alumni Commencement speaker in 1999. 

Aircraft Noise and Emissions Legislation in the Next Congress: Priorities, Perspectives, and Predictions

This presentation will discuss national legislative priorities and predictions, based on the speaker’s experience and perspectives from other members of aviation-impacted communities.