The Advisory Committee pursuant to section 32a of the Civil Aviation Act (LuftVG) was established in 1971 with the Act for Protection against Aircraft Noise. The Committee falls within the remits of the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and advises the ministries on issues of noise protection and pollution control in air traffic. It must be heard prior to the adoption of statutory ordinances and general administrative provisions pursuant to the Civil Aviation Act if these are aiming for protection against air traffic noise or air pollution caused by aircraft. The Committee can also issue recommendations on these topics. If the competent Ministries consider a recommendation by the Committee unsuitable or not feasible, they must inform the Committee in writing and state the reasons for their position.
With its expertise the Advisory Committee represents many relevant disciplines and institutions in the areas of environmental protection and air traffic. These include in particular the science and technology sectors, airport operators and airlines, national associations of local authorities, noise protection and environmental associations, noise abatement commissions at airports, aeronautical authorities, supreme aeronautical authorities, supreme environmental authorities of the Länder and the German Environment Agency. Since 2007 half the members of the Committee have been appointed by the Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) and half by the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU).