Aircraft Noise and Emission Management around Airports

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Though airports are of crucial economic and social importance, aircraft-generated emissions have a major environmental impact for the surrounding environment and – in case of aircraft noise – often a source of conflict between airspace users, aerodrome operators, regulators and policy makers, as well as municipalities and their citizens. Notably, noise concerns are often the main limiting factors for airport development.
Especially around airports, aircraft emissions and their environmental impact is a complex technical subject with certain interdependencies, often misunderstood by the involved stakeholders and people affected.

The objective of this 3-day course is to provide a high-level understanding of aircraft noise, engine emissions and related environmental protection measures by covering subjects such as: emission sources on aircrafts, regulatory framework, aircraft noise and emissions certification, environmental impact of flight operation, health effects and implications, monitoring and control systems, modelling and simulation techniques as well as assessment methods and mitigating strategies.

This course targets an international audience of aviation experts (incl. airport operators, airlines, air navigation services providers) but also personnel of planning authorities and other environmental agencies or stakeholders involved in other aspects related to environmental impact of aviation around airports (e.g. legal professionals or land use planners).
It introduces with practical examples and exercises the latest development and studies, as well as tools available for forecasting or monitoring airport emissions (e.g. FAA AEDT 2d) and passive or active abatement measures.

Please note: This course can be booked as an in-house version in German or English - however, the course material is only available in English.

Course Details

Location: In-house
Language: German or English
Duration: 4 days

Course Content

Fundamentals and emission sources of airplanes

  • Noise vs. engine emissions
  • Physical basics of technical acoustics
  • engines, power units, landing gear, wings, fuselage and helicopters
  • Noise/Emission reduction technologies
  • Helicopter Noise

Regulatory framework

  • International regulations (ICAO Annex 16 Volume I „Aircraft Noise“, Volume II „Aircraft Engine Emissions“)
  • European regulations and directives (2002/30/EG; VO (EU) 598/2014 - Noise management at EU airports, 2002/49/EG – Assessment and management of environmental noise)
  • European initiatives on sustainability (Clean Sky, Flight Path 2050)
  • EU Emission Trading System (ETS)

Aircraft noise and engine emissions certification

  • FAA FAR Part 36
  • ICAO Annex 16
  • EASA CS-36 Aircraft Noise

Noise and health (Impact of noise on humans)

  • Attitudes to noise (cultural sensitivity)
  • Assessment of community impacts
  • Overview of studies related to noise impact on humans (e.g. STRAIN, AIRORA, NORAH)

Environmental impact of aircraft operation and mitigation measures

  • Environmental / operational aspects
  • Noise management systems
  • Flight procedure design with respect to noise
  • Air pollution around airports
  • Noise-related landing charges and benchmarking systems
  • Noise from aircraft on the ground / engine run up
  • Passive Noise Protection / Noise abatement measures

Noise and engine emissions modelling and monitoring

  • Methods of noise modelling (Segmentation, shortest distance method, …)
    • ECAC Document 29 4th Edition – Airport Noise modeling
    • Other aircraft noise calculation techniques (German AzB, sonAIR, FLULA)
  • Noise contour mapping using GIS
  • Aerodrome noise and track monitoring system
  • Emission modeling
  • Examples (FAA AEDT 2d Demonstration)

Other environmental impacts and mitigation measures

  • Improving air quality around Airports
    • APU policies
    • E-Mobility for ground handling
    • eTaxi, Single Engine Taxi etc., Taxibot

Environmental impact assessment

  • Environmental problems arising from construction/expansion of airports and associated infrastructure
  • Assessment methods
  • Environmental management activities and systems (ISO 14000 and EMS)


Christoph Strümpfel, M.Sc.

Christoph holds a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Since 2014 he is research associate and lecturer at the Chair of Flight Guidance and Air Transport at Technical University of Berlin. In the context of his PhD-Thesis, he is focusing on new methods for precise aircraft noise modeling of single flight events and multi-criteria assessment of eco-efficient flight procedures. As a member of the Aircraft Noise Commission at Berlin-Tegel Airport, Christoph was responsible for the conduction of field studies about continuous descent operations and noise abatement departure procedures with respect to aircraft noise modeling and monitoring. Since focusing on aircraft noise modeling in his scientific career, Christoph collected broad experience with the FAA’s Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT). He is a lecturer for certain bachelor and master courses at TU Berlin such as “Airport Planning and Design”, “Flight Guidance” and “Aircraft Systems”. 

Target Group

  • Civil Aviation Authorities 
  • Transports and Environmental Authorities 
  • Airport Operators 
  • Air Navigation Service Providers
  • Airlines
  • Environment technical experts
  • Municipalities and administrations
  • Land-use planners
  • Lawyers and legal professionals

Organisational Details

airsight offers this training course on request, worldwide. At the end of the course, all participants will receive an airsight certificate based on EASA training regulations, which is highly recognized throughout the aviation industry.

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