Environment

The problems of setting aircraft noise limits

Earlier this month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published its long-awaited Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region. In it, the recommended maximum annual average level for aircraft noise is lower than for other modes of transport, lower than current EU policy, and lower than...

Impact of noise guidelines for the European region

Noise is one of the top environmental risks to health, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), and a growing concern. The just-released Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region include environmental noise guidelines for transportation noise sources, the impact of which could be considerable...

No need to be blinded by solar panel benefits

If you have ever glanced out of an airplane window during a landing, chances are you have seen sunlight reflecting off water, buildings or – these days – even solar panels. More and more airports are constructing solar panels airside to help achieve their environmental...

Helicopters, platforms and offshore windfarms

Continuing the topic of wind turbines and aviation from our last blog, this time we take a more in-depth look at some of the aspects that affect helicopters operating offshore. Specifically, we examine both operational and business issues surrounding offshore wind farms, their proximity to...

Choose your noise mitigation measures wisely

In this final blog of our series on aircraft noise exposure around Europe’s largest airports, we explore noise mitigation measures and how they could potentially provide immediate improvements for the surrounding communities. The choice of mitigative measures needs to be considered carefully, however.  After all,...

Aircraft noise: The challenges for authorities

In this second of our three-part series on aircraft noise exposure around Europe’s largest airports, we explore some of the challenges for government authorities in balancing spatial planning and noise mitigation with the economic benefits that come from aviation industry growth. We take a closer...

Aircraft noise exposure around European airports

Our recent analysis of aircraft noise exposure revealed some important aspects to consider in dealing with the growing attention to negative effects of aviation on the environment. Our Infographic provides interesting insights for Europe’s busiest airports. In this first in a three-part series exploring the challenges,...

Gate Capacity: Knowing When To Build

A common problem with growing demand at airports is gate shortage. The apparent solution is building more gates, which is neither easy nor fast. An easier option is more efficient gate allocations and ‘steering’ traffic to smooth capacity issues. The conundrum is that this gets...

Navigating the politics of airport growth

Airport growth is increasingly limited by environmental restrictions. With the worldwide air traffic demand increasing, many of the world’s airports are reaching the limits of their environmental capacity. However, further development is often a political minefield. We think smart management of community relations can help. Pushing...