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 membership: 35 members appointed by the Chief Executive Officer in the city or Town, and reflect municipalities that host MassPort facilities.
Member communities include Bedford, Beverly, Boston (allotted 6 members), Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Cohasset, Concord, Everett, Hingham, Hull, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Melrose, Medford, Milton, Nahant, Quincy, Revere, Scituate, Somerville, Weymouth, Worcester and Winthrop.
To receive Emails from the MassPort CAC, click here to link to its website.
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
Click on the links below to see the presentations given at a recent forum on Airport Noise held in Watertown:
1. History of Logan CAC and MassPort CAC, by Andrea Adams, Senior Planner
2. Topics related to Airport Noise, by Myron Kassaraba, Belmont MassPort CAC member
As reported in the November 16, 2016 Watertown TAB article 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.
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, 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, or go to the link above for the MassPort CAC website.
In April, 2017, MassPort released a report on Phase 3 of the Boston Logan Airport Noise Study. Also, more data is available on the entire BLANS through a website maintained by MassPort.
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.
On February 6, 2018, the MassPort CAC Aviation Subcommittee conducted a "workshop" on Logan's noise monitoring system. Two PowerPoint presentations were given by MassPort/Logan staff. Below, please find links to the presentations:
1. Noise and Noise Monitoring Basics
2. MassPort/Logan Aircraft Noise Monitoring System
On April 18, 2018, the MassPort CAC Aviation Subcommittee held a meeting on the next phase of ways to potentially address the impacts of RNAV. These are the "Block 2" ideas. Click here for a link to the PowerPoint presentation given by MIT's Dr. Hansman.
MassPort has been working to update their strategic plan. The January MassPort Board meeting presentation provides particular insight into the strategic planning process and trends in the aviation industry and Logan Airport. Click here to download the presentation. MassPort owns and operates several facilities, so the document is large. The Strategic Plan appears to start on page 39.
Andrea Adams, Senior Planner, Department of Community Development & Planning, is Watertown's representative on the MassPort CAC. Email her at
or call 617-972-6417.