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Aviation Policy Committee

Committee Status

Aviation Policy Committee Page (schedule and documents)

Why was the Aviation Policy Committee created?

What was the Aviation Policy Committee's purpose and mission?

Aviation Policy Committee Composition

Committee Priorities

Committee Status

The Aviation Policy Committee is inactive. Concerns regarding airport noise issues for commercial flights should be directed to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA). MWAA maintains an on-line tracking and reporting system, as well as a telephone number, for airport noise complaints for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Concerns regarding noise issues from military aircraft (both airplanes [fixed-wing] and helicopters [rotary wing]) may be directed to one of the contacts listed below. Concerned citizens should keep in mind that there are 13 different agencies who operate rotary wing aircraft in and around the National Capital Region. Periodically, noise forums are held at the request of an elected official, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), or a local military installation garrison commander (through the installation’s Public Affairs Office). Noise complaints are forwarded to the Military District of Washington either from the FAA or from the garrisons.

U.S. Army Military District of Washington & The Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region, Fort McNair.
Deputy Commander, Chief of Community Relations
(202) 685-4990

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
Director of Public Affairs
(703) 696-4979

Fort Belvoir
Director of Public Affairs
(703) 805-2583

Committee Formation

The Aviation Policy Committee was formed as CONAANDA in 1985 by the COG Board of Directors after the 1983-84 "Scatter Plan" demonstration. The area's elected officials recognized the need to identify a new mechanism to address continuing noise mitigation strategies. The "Scatter Plan" demonstration of the dispersal of aircraft noise was extremely controversial and the Board of Directors concluded that a regional approach that examines meaningful noise abatement strategies for the Metropolitan Washington area was needed. The name was changed in 2006 to the Aviation Policy Committee.

Purpose and Mission

The Aviation Policy Committee's mission was to provide a regional policy perspective on airport noise matters on behalf of the Washington area's local governments. The Committee was delegated by the COG Board of Directors to speak on its behalf on noise policy matters, so long as the Committee operated within the framework of existing Board policies.


The Committee's composition consisted of elected official voting members, in addition to nonvoting industry and citizen representatives. This structure was envisioned as the best forum in which to consider noise abatement measures and to provide balanced advice to the COG Board of Directors. In turn, they were able to offer its counsel to MWAA, the Federal Aviation Administration, and other federal agencies developing noise mitigation policy that impacts the Washington area.


In 1988, the Committee established its high priority recommendations for noise mitigation at National Airport, which included:

  1. Fleet mix goals
  2. A nighttime restriction on large commercial aircraft
  3. A tightened nighttime noise standard

With the passage of the Aviation Safety and Capacity Expansion Act of 1990, aircraft noise issues moved from a local to a national agenda. Concurrently, the Committee's work program continued to focus on noise abatement strategies for implementation at DCA and IAD, with added emphasis to emerging legislation, FAA rule making and studies for their impact on local noise strategies, especially nighttime noise, and land use noise compatibility planning.

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