A baseline study is being conducted in 1999 to establish the actual level of emissions from all sources related to airports including aircraft, ground service equipment, airport access vehicles, and fixed sources. Emissions constituents to be studied include carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, and others. There is some concern that lead may be added to the list. Initial focus is on emissions from aircraft with secondary efforts focussing on ground mobile and stationary sources. In effect however, the airport is being examined as an emissions bubble in which all sources could be subject to reduction strategies. The baseline study will examine different types of airports representing large air carrier hubs, medium mixed traffic airports, military facilities, and small general aviation airports. The study will serve as the guideline for the development of regulation and other mitigation strategies.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.