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Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) Training

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center is proud to offer in-person AEDT training courses led by a team comprised of staff from the AEDT development teams. The classroom-style courses are instructor-led through presentations, hands-on exercises, and question-and-answer periods. Participants will work in pairs using a course-integrated AEDT training computer. Instructors will lead and complete exercises along with participants.

Training courses are held at the Volpe Center, located at 55 Broadway, Cambridge, MA. If you have questions on the Volpe AEDT training, 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)

COVID-19 Adjustments

To meet the training needs of the AEDT community while considering the safety of participants and staff, AEDT training will temporarily be offered online instead of at the Volpe Center.

The hands-on AEDT Training and AEDT Databases and Data Input courses will be altered to accommodate an online format. The instructor will demonstrate exercises during the training period while participants observe and ask questions. Participants 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.

Participation will remain limited to 20 attendees in order to allow for discussions. Note that a minimum number of participants must be reached in order for the training session 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.

AEDT Training Sessions

Fall 2021: SOLD OUT

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Noise and Emissions Fundamentals

September 20

9:00 AM ET

12:30 PM ET



AEDT Training Part 1

September 21

9:00 AM ET

12:30 PM ET



AEDT Training Part 2

September 22

AEDT Databases and Data Input Part 1*

September 23

9:00 AM ET

12:30 PM ET



AEDT Databases and Data Input Part 2*

September 24

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

Spring 2022

Dates coming soon.

Course Descriptions

Noise and Emissions Fundamentals

This half-day course (4 hours) covers the fundamentals of noise and emissions the day before 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. This course will cover:

  • 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
  • How to use the environmental justice workflow
  • Creating vector tracks in the airport designer
  • Introduction to AEDT Standard Input File (ASIF)

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
  • Different ways to use SQL and ASIF for data input
  • How to access results directly in the database

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Participant Demographics

Pie chart showing participant demographics by sector, with 50% government, 47% industry, and 3% academia.AEDT participant demographics by country, with 55% from the United States and 45% international.

Visiting the Volpe Center

Volpe Center buildingThe Volpe Center is located in Kendall Square in the heart of Cambridge, MA. Please review our visitor information page or the Volpe Visitor’s Guide for information on the accepted forms of photo ID. The Visitor’s Guide also contains information about transportation, accommodations, and other logistics and attractions.



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Last updated: Tuesday, September 7, 2021