Massport Community Advisory Committee and Logan Airport Community Advisory Committee
If you have issues related to aircraft noise please contact the Massachusetts Port Authority Noise Complaint Line at (617) 561-3333 or visit their webpage.
Massport Community Advisory Committee (Massport CAC)
The Massport Community Advisory Committee (Massport CAC) was created by an Act of the Massachusetts Legislature in 2015. Its statutory charges are:
1. Make recommendations to the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) on its budgets;
2. Hold hearings on matters related to Massport;
3. Review and comment on Massport's Annual Report;
4. Examine Massport's records; and
5. Make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature relative to Massport.
Massport operates facilities including the Boston Fish Pier, Conley Container Terminal, Cruise Ship port, Hanscom Field, Logan International Airport, the Port of Boston, and Worcester Regional Airport.
The Massport CAC members are appointed by the Chief Executive Officer in the City or Town, and reflect municipalities that host MassPort facilities. In addition to Watertown, the other member communities include Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Beverly, Boston (multiple members), Braintree, Brockton, Cambridge, Canton, Chelsea, Cohasset, Concord, Everett, Hingham, Hull, Lincoln, Lexington, Lynn, Malden, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Milton, Nahant, Quincy, Randolph, Revere, Salem, Scituate, Somerville, Swampscott, Weymouth, Winthrop and Worcester.
The Massport CAC also has three Standing Committees: Executive, Aviation Operations and Environment & Health with members drawn from the overall pool of community representative.
Andrea Adams, Senior Planner, Department of Community Development & Planning, is Watertown's representative on the MassPort CAC. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-972-6417.
BELOW IS A CHRONOLOGICAL LISTING OF MASSPORT CAC ACTIVITIES
On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Massport held a public informational forum regarding the RNAV study, Block 1 technical analysis. The meeting resulted in a vote by the Massport CAC to support the Block 1 changes. Click here for the letter to Massport (PDF).
Below is a link to a briefing from R. John Hansman of MIT on noise reduction related to RNAV. MIT RNAV Briefing, September 28, 2017 (PDF)
Click on the links below for the presentations given at a 2017 forum on Airport Noise held in Watertown:
As reported in the November 16, 2016 Watertown TAB article (PDF) in 2013, Massport instituted a new aircraft procedure at Logan International Airport, RNAV, which uses GPS-like technology to more precisely locate aircraft, thereby allowing more efficient airspace use. Implementation of RNAV has resulted in aircraft route compression, creating different and more intense impacts from aircraft over-flights of neighborhoods in Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge and Watertown.
In September, 2016 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Massport to study issues connected to RNAV procedures. Click here to see the MOU (PDF).
On February 22, 2017, Massport held a public hearing to gather comments on the proposed RNAV study. Click here to see the PowerPoint slides from the hearing (PDF), including from R. John Hansman, MIT International Center for Air Transportation, the consultants selected to conduct the RNAV study.
On May 5, 2017, John Hansman, MIT, provided a briefing to the Massport CAC Aviation Operation Subcommittee on the RNAV Study. Click here to see the update (PDF), or go to the link above for the MassPort CAC website.
On November 15, 2017, Massport held an informational forum regarding the RNAV study, Block 1 analysis. The meeting resulted in a vote by the Massport CAC to support the Block 1 changes. Click here to see the letter.
On February 6, 2018, the Aviation Operations Subcommittee held a workshop on Logan's noise monitoring system. See the links below for two presentations were given by Massport/Logan staff.
On April 18, 2018, the Massport CAC Aviation Operations Subcommittee held a meeting on the next phase of ways to potentially address RNAV impacts (Block 2). Click here for the PowerPoint presentation given by Dr. Hansman.
Massport has been working to update their Strategic Plan. The January 2018 Massport Board meeting presentation provides insight into this planning process. Note that Massport owns/operates several facilities, so the document is large. The Strategic Plan starts at about page 39. Click here to see the presentation.
The Massport CAC full membership met on June 14, 2018. Click here for a link to the Committee's PowerPoint presentation.
MassPort provided an update to the Massport CAC on June 14, 2018. Click here to see Massport's PowerPoint presentation.
Massport provided an update on the status of the Block One and Block Two work to address noise issues related in part to RNAV and flight operations. Click here to see an excerpt on just these issues from the larger June 14, 2018 PowerPoint presentation.
JetBlue announces schedule to retrofit aircraft fleet with Vortex Generators, which reduce a distinctive aircraft noise produced by the Airbus A320 group of aircraft. Click here to see the announcement.
Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) attended the October 18, 2018 Massport CAC General Meeting, and gave a review of the FAA's analysis of the Block One recommendations. Click here for the PowerPoint.
Dr. Hansman, MIT, provided the Massport CAC with an update concerning Block 1 and Block 2. Click here to view his slide deck.
EPA has awarded $541,000 grant to Massport to replace diesel ground equipment at Logan. Click here for the article.
Click here for the April 23, 2019 Massport CAC General Meeting Agenda. An update by Dr. Hansman, MIT, on the RNAV Study is scheduled to be discussed.
Click here for a link to the final slide deck on RNAV prepared by Dr. Hansman, MIT for the April 23, 2019 Massport CAC meeting.
Click here for a link to a presentation given by Myron Kassaraba, Executive Committee member and Belmont's CAC representative. This short slide deck encapsulates the issues and options for communities affected by Runway 33L (Watertown, Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Medford, Somerville and Winchester).
On June 24, 2019, Representative Hecht convened a meeting of the Massport CAC reps and elected officials to get the grounding on issues related to RNAV, increases in flight operations, and Runway 33L, the runway that most impacts Watertown (as well as Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Medford, and Somerville). The meeting included a briefing on several possible dispersion concepts and how they would impact Watertown and the other 5 communities. Below are links to the Agenda and a presentation given at this meeting, as well as a July 1, 2019 letter from Rep. Hecht requesting more analysis:
- Myron Kassaraba's Slides
- Letter dated 7/1/19 to Dr. Hansman from Rep. Hecht requesting more analysis on behalf of the 33L-affected communities.
Logan Airport Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
The Logan CAC predated and has been superseded by the Massport CAC. When active, it represented over 30 communities. The Logan CAC was a volunteer Board that was brought together in the 1990's and was active in the permitting of what became Runway 33L. Its primary roles were to: (1) provide the FAA and Massport with input on aircraft noise issues, particularly potential noise abatement measures, (2) provide input on suggested criteria to be used in evaluating and comparing those abatement measures, and (3) recommend to Massport measures that might be forwarded to the FAA for implementation.
When active, the Logan CAC represented over 30 communities within the Greater Boston area. The Logan CAC worked jointly with FAA and Massport to develop the scope of work for the Boston Logan Airport Noise Study (BLANS), and to identify and evaluate potential runway use measures to replace the Preferential Runway Advisory System (PRAS). This was because the Logan CAC voted to abandon the PRAS in April 2012 because it had failed to achieve the intended noise abatement.
Watertown's Logan CAC representatives were Dennis Duff (Primary) and Harvey Steiner (Alternate).