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Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) Training

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center is proud to offer AEDT training courses led by a team comprised of staff from the AEDT development teams.

Training courses are conducted using the current version of AEDT at the time of the training.

In-person sessions are held at the Volpe Center, located at 220 Binney Street, Cambridge, MA. If you have questions about the Volpe AEDT training program, please contact us at

AEDT class at the Volpe Center
"The hands-on nature of the training is very helpful. I appreciated the presence of the different area experts because it allowed for a broad range of questions to be addressed." (Volpe photo)

Session Options and Considerations

To meet the training needs of the AEDT community while considering the safety of participants and staff, AEDT training is offered both online and in-person at the Volpe center.

For in-person sessions, Volpe will monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel notices. In-person sessions may be changed to remote sessions if a travel notice is issued in the United States. Participants that would be traveling for an in-person session from a country with a travel notice will have the opportunity to reschedule to a future in-person or online session.

Online Sessions

The online program is instructor-led through presentations, exercise demonstrations, and question-and-answer periods. Participants observe the exercise demonstrations and are encouraged to try the exercises after the training period and return to the next training period with any new questions. 
Participants may choose to complete the exercises along with the instructor with the understanding that the instructor will not be able to stop the training to troubleshoot issues. It is recommended that the participant use multiple computer monitors if completing the exercises along with the instructor. 
Note that participants must purchase and install AEDT on their own resources to complete the exercises; an AEDT license is not provided with the training. 

In-Person Sessions

In-person sessions are instructor-led through presentations, hands-on exercises, and question-and-answer periods. Participants work in pairs using a course-integrated AEDT training computer. Instructors lead and complete exercises along with participants.

Number of Participants

Participation is limited to 20 attendees for both in-person and online sessions in order to allow for productive and inclusive discussion.

Note that a minimum number of participants must be reached in order for training sessions to be held. If the minimum number of participants is not met, registered participants will have the option to transfer their registration to another session or receive a refund.


Training Sessions

Fall 2024 Session: In-Person at Volpe

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Noise and Emissions Fundamentals September 16 12:30 PM ET 4:30 PM ET FUND_Volpe_2024-09 $500
AEDT Training September 17 8:30 AM ET 4:30 PM ET AEDT_Volpe_2024-09 $925
AEDT Databases and Data Input* September 18 8:30 AM ET 4:30 PM ET DATA_Volpe_2024-09 $925

*See the prerequisites for the AEDT Databases and Data Input course below.
** Includes 1-hour of Q&A with the training team up to 1 month after the training session through

Course Registration

Click here to sign up for the training courses.

By registering for this course, you agree to the following General Terms and Conditions:

  1. The Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) is an entity within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, United States Department of Transportation. All rights, obligations, and remedies of both parties regarding these services are governed by U.S. federal law only.
  2. By law (49 U.S.C. 328) the Volpe Center must receive all payments in advance of performing services.

Course Descriptions

Noise and Emissions Fundamentals

This half-day course (4 hours) covers the fundamentals of aviation noise and emissions that will provide a foundation for the AEDT training. This course is intended for those with no prior noise or emissions experience or those looking for a refresher. Fundamental knowledge of noise and emissions is required for the AEDT training course.

AEDT Training

This full-day, introductory-level course is intended for users who want to learn the basics of modeling environmental consequences of aviation operations in AEDT, as well as users of legacy tools transitioning to AEDT. Training courses are conducted using the current version of AEDT at the time of the training. This course covers:

  • AEDT’s graphical user interface
  • Creating operations
  • Creating and visualizing metric results for noise, emissions, emissions dispersion, and fuel consumption
  • How and when to use a dynamic grid
  • Creating vector tracks in the airport designer
  • CSV tracks and operations import
  • Introduction to AEDT Standard Input File (ASIF)
  • How to use the environmental justice workflow

AEDT Databases and Data Input

This full-day course is designed for users who want to learn more about the AEDT study database and use ASIF or SQL to import study data. Prerequisites for this course are a basic understanding of relational database concepts, familiarity with basic SQL statements, and prior experience using AEDT and ASIF.  This course will cover:

  • Key tables in the AEDT Study database
  • Using SQL Server Management Studio
  • Using SQL and ASIF for bulk data import of tracks and operations
  • How to access results directly in the database

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Visiting the Volpe Center

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