Designing an aviation noise attitudes survey

ICCAN has published plans for the next Aviation Noise Attitudes Survey (ANAS), and a report produced by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) along with a number of supporting documents.

The Government bases aviation noise policy on survey data last collected seven years ago through the Survey of Noise Attitudes 2014 (SoNA), and it is highly likely that attitudes to noise have changed, either through operational changes, or due to the noise reduction felt as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

ICCAN’s first major contribution to the debate around aviation noise was a review of SoNA 2014, which found that, while it had sought to follow best practice, there was room for improvement in future attitudinal surveys.

The key findings from this work represent a major step forward in designing a new survey of aviation noise annoyance that would provide a robust and in-depth understanding of annoyance to give us the best possible evidence upon which to make future policy decisions. 

The Independent Commission on Civil Aviation noise ceased operating on 30 September 2021.

You can read the Government’s statement on ICCAN’s closure and Head Commissioner Rob Light’s letter to the Minister to learn more.

Any further questions about ICCAN’s work or aviation noise should be directed to the Department for Transport.