Karen L. Robertson
Dallas/Fort Worth Int'l. Airport, P.O. Drawer 619428, DFW Airport, TX 75261-9428
Technological advances in airport noise monitoring systems have provided the ``missing link'' of data needed to manage an airport noise office effectively. The addition of aircraft flight track and altitude information has given airport proprietors the necessary tools to understand, if not alleviate, certain community concerns regarding aircraft noise and overflights. Airport neighbors often contact the local airport or FAA office when an aircraft operation is annoying. The annoyance may be a result of one, or many, concerns ranging from noise to aircraft flight patterns to overall safety. Once concerns are voiced, airport neighbors want immediate information regarding the annoying event, followed by the ever-allusive ``corrective action.'' Specific examples of how the new generation airport noise monitoring and flight tracking systems can respond to community or individual concerns will be demonstrated in an interactive format, followed by innovative, intriguing uses for the system. Information from these systems can surprise even the most knowledgeable airspace analyst or airport noise official.