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IALI hosts airport noise experts and Chinese delegation

On December 9, IALI hosted a six-member academic delegation from the Civil Aviation University of China.  Headed by Professor Yang Guoqing, former deputy administrator of China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC), the delegation was on a fact-finding trip to North America to learn more about protecting surrounding communities from airport noise.  

Institute Director Brian Havel and FedEx/United Airlines Resident Research Fellow John Mulligan participated in the gathering, which was organized by IALI Foundation Advisory Board member Sandra Chiu.  Professor Joseph Schwieterman, director of DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, made a special presentation.  He was joined by Michael Boland, interim commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation, and Assistant Commissioner Aaron Frame.  The discussion focused on urban planning and noise mitigation measures at the two major Chicago-area airports, O’Hare and Midway, including historical and current practices.​