FUTURE TRENDS IN AVIATION NOISE RESEARCH
The workshop on “Future Trends in Aviation Noise Research” was organised the 1st & 2nd of October 2014 under the auspices of ACARE and hosted by the European Commission in Brussels. It was attended by some 80 participants from European institutions as well as 15 member states. In seeking a global assessment of priority research actions contributing to meet the ACARE targets for noise, the objectives of the workshop were fourfold:
- To provide an overview of the current aviation noise related challenges both arising from the ever-evolving traffic operations and from the prevailing regulatory framework
- To present an overview of the current EU aviation noise research strategy and a snapshot of progress in research at European, National and International levels, including the relevant as well as airport initiatives.
- To identify gaps between the identified needs and current responses and gather recommendations on specific topics which should be addressed in the short- medium- and long-term, including aspects such as:
o The research topics considered in ACARE Challenge 3 and Challenge 1: technology for noise reduction at source
o Advanced noise procedures and monitoring systems, including noise spreading/concentrating traffic patterns techniques, land use planning and transparent communication means with neighbouring communities
o Noise optimisation techniques for en route operations (open rotor, hypersonic vehicles, RPAS at low altitude in urban areas…)
o Noise targets and noise annoyance indicators
o Acceptability criteria for new aircraft architectures (including open rotor) incorporating the findings of psychoacoustic research
- To initiate a reflection in the whole aviation community on an advanced research roadmap on how to best deliver the long term goals for noise put forward by ACARE.