This page presents information on the participants in the Boston Logan Airport Noise Study (BLANS). The Boston Technical Advisory Committee (BOS/TAC) was established as a working group for Phases 1 and 2 of the study. For Phase 3, a smaller Technical Committee that includes representatives from the Logan Airport Community Advisory Committee (CAC), the FAA, and Massport has been established.
Logan Airport Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
The CAC represents those communities which have authorized representatives and which are, or may be affected by Airport-related aircraft noise. The primary roles of the CAC's involvement during this study are to: (1) provide the FAA and Massport with input on aircraft noise issues related to the Airport, particularly as it relates to the identification of potential noise abatement measures, (2) provide input on suggested criteria to be used in evaluating and comparing those measures, and (3) recommend to Massport those measures that might be recommended to the FAA for implementation.
Currently, the CAC represents over 30 communities, cities, and towns within the Greater Boston area. CAC worked jointly with FAA and Massport to develop the scope of work for the noise study, and will identify and evaluate potential runway use measures to be in included in a runway use program to replace the Preferential Runway Advisory System (PRAS) that the CAC voted to abandon in April 2012 because it had failed to achieve the intended noise abatement. CAC also manages and directs efforts conducted by the Independent Consultant, who was selected to provide technical assistance and education for the CAC.
CAC member communities are as follows:
Logan Airport Community Advisory Committee Representatives
Each community listed above is linked to the respective community website where you can get your local community elected representative contact information.
CAC meeting notes and presentations shared by CAC are available on the Phase 3 CAC Information page.
At the beginning of this study, a project notification letter was sent to all communities located within the study area, which included contact information for the CAC.
If communites not currently participating with CAC wish to participate in this project, the FAA recommended contacting CAC to join.
Although not all communities within the study area are members of the CAC, several additional communities joined over time.
If interested, a non-member community can inquire with CAC and potentially join anytime through the project timeline.
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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
The FAA is responsible for overall project direction and management of this study to:
(1) ensure the end product is achieved within budget and on schedule,
(2) determine if proposed noise abatement proposals are safe and efficient,
(3) ensure consistency with applicable legal requirements, and
(4) educate other stakeholders on aviation, air traffic and environmental related matters.
The FAA comprises many different divisions, however, the project is being managed by the Eastern Service Area Air Traffic Organization and the New England Region Airports Division.
Because several divisions within FAA provide critical input during the alternative screening analysis, FAA instituted an FAA Technical Team.
The different divisions or lines of business and assigned staff are identified in the Team's organizational chart (left).
The Technical Team's role is to assess the proposed measures related to safety and efficiency impacts.
In addition, the Team also assesses the viability of a proposed procedure related to available navigation technology, the ability of a measure to be implemented without the need for an airspace redesign and any legal implications related to the measure.
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Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport)
Massport is the Boston Logan Airport International Airport operator.
Massport is the project sponsor for this noise abatement study.
Massport reviews, approves and makes payments to the Project Consultant; and reviews, approves and makes payments to Independent Consultant consistent with Memorandum of Understanding with CAC.
Massport also represents the interests of the airport operator and worked jointly with FAA and CAC to develop the scope of the noise abatement study and provide input related to airport operational matters.
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Phase 3 Technical Committee
The Phase 3 Technical Committee is a technical working group that comprises representatives from each of the participant groups who can commit more time to the project, which facilitates moving the project forward in a more organized and structured manner.
This Technical Committee will
(1) share/discuss project technical information,
(2) discuss project progress, schedule and budget,
(3) relay internal FAA/Massport/CAC group decisions for discussion, and
(4) seek to reach consensus related to key project milestones.
Below is the most current Technical Committee organization diagram identifying representatives from each group.
The Phase 3 Technical Committee meeting agendas, notes and presentations are available on the Phase 3 Technical Committee Meetings page.
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