Airport CEOs are acutely aware that community concern about airport noise presents one of the biggest threats to the future of their airports. Without careful management, they know that noise concerns have the potential to trigger operating restrictions and frustrate expansion plans.
This primary focus on noise exposure reduction spawned a new profession of Airport Noise Officers in the 1990s, typically skilled in aviation and acoustic analysis, working tirelessly to fine-tune the operation of their airport to minimise noise impact.
Airport Noise and Operations Management Systems (ANOMS) evolved quickly in the 1990s and 2000s to provide the powerful measurement and analysis tools needed to support this technically focused work. These systems rarely saw the light of day and were typically operated by technical experts.