About us

ICCAN was established in 2019 with the aim of improving trust in the management of aviation noise.

Improving how aviation noise is managed since 2019

The Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) is a body created to act as an independent, impartial voice on civil aviation noise and how it affects communities.

Since January 2019, ICCAN’s task has been to develop our own understanding and knowledge about aviation noise as well as meet organisations, people and communities that are affected.

In the first year of ICCAN’s existence, we have met with hundreds of different stakeholders, including community groups, academics, airports, airlines, industry bodies and government.

To meet the ICCAN senior team click here. To view our transparency documents, including on governance, board meetings and other records click here.

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We believe airports and communities should continue engaging with each other

Aviation is undergoing an extremely turbulent time during the Covid-19 crisis, but we believe airports should continue to engage while the skies are quieter and as future plans develop.

Keeping communication channels open now can, we believe, nurture and maintain trust so that when the skies do get busier and louder, these relationships can be built on and lead to even more meaningful dialogue taking place. 

We have published our best practice for airports’ engagement with communities on the issue of aviation noise. It contains recommendations that can be phased over time: in the short-term, while aviation levels are low, as well as in the medium and longer-term, as operational activities build back up and resources become more available again.

Our Corporate Strategy

In June 2019 we received over 100 responses to a survey on our draft Corporate Strategy.  We took these into account for the final version, and there was broad support for ICCAN’s objectives. These are:

  • To increase trust, transparency, and clarity in the aviation noise debate
  • To promote consistency, responsibility and accountability within the industry and beyond
  • To establish our expertise, authority and credibility.

In June 2020, we published a report on our progress against these objectives and what we said we would do one year into our Corporate Strategy.

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Our aim

ICCAN’s aim for its first two years is:

  • To improve public confidence and trust in the management of aviation noise, by building our expertise, credibility and profile across the UK.

Our strategic objectives

ICCAN has three key strategic objectives:

  • To increase trust, transparency, and clarity in the aviation noise debate
  • To promote consistency, responsibility and accountability within the industry and beyond
  • To establish our expertise, authority and credibility.

Our work programme

Our Corporate Strategy identifies work we are doing to deliver on these objectives, which includes:

  • Reviewing the Survey of Noise Attitudes (SoNA) and making recommendations to the Government on future public opinion research (published in December 2019) 
  • Reviewing metrics used for measuring and providing guidance on the management of aviation noise (published in July 2020)
  • Looking at how airports can best consult with their communities when planning airspace changes and publishing new best practice 

ICCAN online toolkit

ICCAN has launched an online Toolkit for airports and other orgnisations seeking to consult on airspace change under the CAA’s CAP1616 guidance.

Our remit

ICCAN is not a noise ombudsman, we cannot handle or deal with complaints, and it is not in our remit to stop airports expanding.

Our ambition is that aviation noise is an important consideration in investment decisions and changes made by the aviation industry, government and regulators.

We are also looking to raise the profile of aviation noise as a public health issue and are already taking our first steps to change the discussion on aviation noise for the better.

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