Ready or Not... The Future is Here!

Every year our Program Committee meets to brainstorm the most important topics facing the aviation industry with relation to noise and emissions problems and solutions. Our group shares the issues they have seen affecting constituents recently and issues just over the horizon. Take a look below to see the topics we will be focusing on this year.

Read the Speaker Biographies for Monday & Tuesday!

Read the Presentation Abstracts for Monday & Tuesday!

Sunday, March 3rd

NextGen 101: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Emissions & Air Quality 101: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Cancelled

Noise 101: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

ANO Annual Discussion: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Community Group Annual Gathering: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM


Monday, March 4th

7:00 AM

Check-in and Breakfast

Continental breakfast sponsored by 01dB ACOEM Group 

8:00 AM

Keynote: Airspace Modernization and Sustainability - A View From the UK 

Ian Jopson, National Air Traffic Service, UK  

8:50 AM

PBN: What is it and why is it necessary? This introductory session will provide an overview of the next generation of navigation systems (NextGen) and a systematic review of Performance Based Navigation (PBN). From wheels-up to touchdown, we’ll look into the benefits and technical challenges of PBN.

Chair: Xiaobo Liu, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey & Clint Morrow, BridgeNet International

Why does New York need PBN? by Ralph Tamburro, Airport Delay Reduction, Port Authority of NY & NJ 

PBN Past and Future by Joseph Post,  NAS Systems Engineering & Integration, FAA 

PBN - The Science and Application to High Density Terminal Arrivals by William Johnson, NASA 

10:00 AM


10:30 AM

Possibilities within the framework

Chairs: Ian Jopson, NATS & Jennifer Lewis, Metropolitan Airports Commission

Development of Approach and Departure Procedure Modifications to Reduce Community Noise by John Hansman, MIT 

FAA efforts to understand and address aviation noise challenges by Kevin Welsh, FAA Office of Environment and Energy 

Heathrow Airport Airspace and Future Operations Consultation by Kevin Walton, Heathrow Airport, London 

11:40 AM

Real World Results

Chairs: Ian Jopson, NATS & Jennifer Lewis, Metropolitan Airports Commission

Denver – A PBN Success Story by Mike McKee, Denver International Airport 

Using PBN as Noise Mitigation by Blake Cushnie & Jonathan Bagg - NAVCANADA  

Plenary: Cost-effectiveness of the year-round use of the ‘TNNIS Climb’ in Queens, NY, USA by Brian Will, Queens Quiet Skies, Long Island University at Southampton & Zafar Zafari, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy ​​​

1:00 PM

Lunch + Exhibits

Lunch sponsored by Casper 

2:20 PM

Case Studies on Community Involvement: This session will share discussed recommendations for the FAA and Airlines on how to conduct community engagement in PBN implementation from the community Group Workshop and invite discussion from the FAA, Airlines and Airports. Initially, panel will offer live feedback and comments for discussion and then the floor will be opened up to audience discussion and comments.

Chairs: Dave Carbone, Lockridge Grindal Nauen & NOISE; Cathy Dunlap, O'hare Noise Compatibility Commission;  Anne Kohut, Airport Noise Report/Aviation Emissions Report; Lisa Waters, Florida Airports Council

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Sunday's Community Workshop Delegate, Cathy Dunlap, ONCC

Sunday's Community Workshop Delegate, Janet McEneaney, Queens Quiet Skies

Airport Representative, Lisa Waters - President/CEO, Florida Airports Council

3:20 PM


3:50 PM

Legislative Update

Perspectives of legislative changes by NOISE by Emily Tranter, NOISE

4:30 PM



5:00 PM

Welcome Awards Reception

Join us to hear who has received the Walt Gillfillan Award! Grab a drink and catch up with colleagues from across the nation and globe. 

Sponsored by Harris


Tuesday, March 5th

7:00 AM

Check-in and Breakfast

Continental breakfast sponsored by 01dB ACOEM Group 

8:00 AM

Keynote: Cecil Spaceport's Horizontal Launch Operations by Reusable Launch Vehicles 

Todd Lindner, Jacksonville Aviation Authority

8:50 AM


Chairs: John Pehrson, CDM Smith; Robbie Gross, KB Environmental

Developing a Roadmap to Achieve Zero Emissions at Airports by Cian Fields, Cadmus Group 

An Integrated Measurement and Modeling Study of UFP due to Aircraft  Operations at Boston Logan, by Sarav Arunachalam, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

AEDT Development Goals by Joe DiPardo, Noise Division of the FAA Office of Environment and Energy 

ACRP 02-80 - Quantifying Emissions Reductions at Airports from the Use of Alternative Jet Fuels by Philip Soucacos, BAH 

10:20 AM


10:50 AM

High Tech Noise and Emissions Control and Reduction

Chairs: Robbie Gross, KB Environmental; Jim Hileman, FAA

Passenger Air Vehicle Noise Requirements by Yahia Ismail, Aurora Team 

Quieter Airplanes and Flight Operations – A Boeing Perspective by Terry Christenson, The Boeing Company 

Addressing Aviation Environmental Challenges through Technology and Fuels by Jim Hileman, FAA 

12:00 PM

Lunch + Exhibits

Lunch sponsored by EMS Brüel & Kjær

1:00 PM

General Aviation

Chairs: Alex Gertsen, National Business Aviation Association; Gabe Andino, Teterboro Airport

Airport Successfully Demonstrating the Commitment to Being a Good Neighbor by Diane Jackson, Naples Airport 

Noise and Vibration Engineering Embraer: Advancements in Aircraft Technologies by Micael Gianini Valle do Carmo, Team Leader, Noise and Vibration Engineering Embraer

Community Roundtable by Brad Pierce, Centennial Airport 

2:10 PM


2:40 PM

Noise Issues on the Horizon

Chairs: Armando Tovar, Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority; Justin Cook, HMMH

UAS regulations/policy by Justin Towles, Ascension Global 

Noise and climate impacts of emerging commercial supersonic aircraft by Dan Rutherford, ICCT

Addressing Environmental Concerns of New Entrants by Kevin Welsh, FAA

ADDITION: Noise and Emissions Characteristics of Commercial Supersonic Aircraft Propulsion System by Jayant Sabnis, MIT

3:40 PM

End of conference!