Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2017
Ryk Dunkelberg, Mead & Hunt’s Planning and Environmental National Practice Leader, accepted the 2016 “Randy Jones Award for Excellence in Airport Noise Mitigation, Abatement and Management” at the AAAE/ACI-NA Airport Noise Conference. Ryk was nominated for his over four decades of work in aviation noise mitigation planning.
Among the cited achievements that led to Ryk receiving this award, include him having led one of the first Part 150 Noise Compatibility Studies in the country; having led more than 45 of the most complicated Part 150 Studies in the country to date, including the Jackson Hole Airport Part 150 Study within Grand Teton National Park; and he taught the class on Part 150 Studies and Legal Implications of Airport Planning at the AAAE Accreditation Academy for 10 years.
Though Dunkelberg has accomplished much in his career, the specifics of why he was recognized for this award lie less in the number of projects he has managed or classes he has taught, and more in the way he approaches projects and, specifically, people. Dunkelberg approaches each meeting, especially the controversial ones, with an open and honest approach that allows the public to engage, learn and leave educated.
A Mead & Hunt spokesperson noted that Ryk Dunkelberg has an uncanny ability to make a regulatory process accessible to people with a wide range of backgrounds, while never letting go of the important personal connections. This is one of the most impressive skills he contributes to his clients, his staff and the aviation industry as a whole.
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