In simple terms, all interested parties are encouraged to participate in the study, through the processes outlined in the Part 150 Public Outreach section of this website. Please use the Contact section to sign up to receive emailed notices of those opportunities and to be added to the newsletter distribution list.
Several groups have pre-defined roles and responsibilities, largely based on Part 150 regulatory requirements, as summarized below:
Akron-Canton Airport Authority: As the airport operator, the Authority has overall responsibility for all Part 150 related actions at CAK, including ultimate responsibility for determining what elements will be included in the revised Noise Compatibility Program when it is submitted to the FAA for review. The Authority is responsible for pursuing implementation of adopted measures.
The Authority established a Part 150 Study Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to ensure that the appropriate outside entities and groups are given official representation in the study process. The committee is the key element of a comprehensive public involvement program that the Authority conducted over the course of the update, as described in Section 1.2.3.
Part 150 Update Study Advisory Committee: CAK is establishing a Part 150 Advisory Committee to provide input and oversight. This committee will be the central focus of the public outreach effort. The Advisory Committee will include representatives from a comprehensive spectrum of entities with interest in the Part 150 update process and its products, including government agencies with aviation and land use responsibilities, private sector interests (particularly in the aviation industry), and representatives of affected communities in the airport’s environs. Advisory Committee members will be responsible for representing their constituents throughout the study process, including commenting on the adequacy and accuracy of collected data, simplifying assumptions, and technical analyses. The Advisory Committee also will serve as a forum for the varied interest groups to discuss complex issues and share their differing perspectives on aircraft noise issues.
Federal Aviation Administration: FAA involvement includes participation by staff from several agency offices.
FAA Air Traffic Control Tower: The FAA tower staff at CAK provide significant input in several areas, including: operational data from their files, judgment regarding safety and capacity effects of noise abatement measures, and input on implementation requirements. The tower staff also may solicit input from other FAA air traffic control entities with which it coordinates regularly.
FAA Detroit Airports District Office: The FAA’s Detroit “ADO” will review Noise Exposure Map and Noise Compatibility Program submissions for compliance with Part 150, notify the Authority of their determinations, evaluate Noise Compatibility Program proposals, prepare a formal Record of Approval for the Noise Compatibility Program, publish related notices in the Federal Register, and provide opportunity for public comment.
Other FAA Offices and Divisions: The ADO may solicit review and input on more complex technical, regulatory, legal, or other matters from FAA’s Washington headquarters or from other FAA divisions on a local or regional level. The study documentation will clearly identify that involvement.
Consulting Team: The Authority has retained a team of consultants to conduct the technical work required to fulfill Part 150 analysis and documentation requirements, and to assist in public outreach and consultation. The Part 150 Update is being led by Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc. (HMMH),in association withR. W. Armstrong (RWA). The firms have extensive experience in planning for airport noise compatibility and physical planning, and for aviation development. RWA is leading the ongoing Airport Master Plan Update. HMMH led CAK’s 1995-7 Part 150 Study.