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Airspace changes to improve noise and safety at Gold Coast Airport

6 Nov 2014

Airservices will make two airspace changes at Gold Coast Airport in the next two months to improve noise impacts for local residents and enhance the safety and efficiency of air services to the airport.

The first change is the permanent introduction of new satellite-based technology, known as Smart Tracking, in November. Smart Tracking allows aircraft to fly with greater navigational accuracy and make smooth curved approaches in all weather conditions, even when close to the airport.

This new flight path will be available for suitably-equipped flights arriving from the south-east and is expected to improve noise outcomes for communities living to the north of the airport by keeping aircraft over the water for longer to minimise flying over homes.

This technology will complement the Instrument Landing System (ILS) that is planned for the Gold Coast to help weather-proof the airport and minimise diversions.

The second change is an Airservices trial of an altered flight path to minimise the impact of aircraft noise for some residential areas south of the airport.

It follows a request from the local community to maximise flights over the Banora Point Golf Course and minimise, where possible, aircraft flying over residential areas.

This will change the flight path for southern departures, with jets departing from Runway 14 (departing south over Tweed Heads and Banora Point) being directed by air traffic control to fly to the south-west.

Airservices Executive General Manager Safety, Environment and Assurance, Dr Rob Weaver said that the changes were part of Airservices ongoing commitment to investigate ways to reduce the noise impact of flights on the community.

“Airservices actively seeks opportunities to lessen the impact of aircraft noise on communities and works with industry to minimise aircraft noise impacts where possible,” Dr Weaver said.

Aircraft will commence flying the Banora Point Golf Course path in December 2014 for 12 months, subject to regulatory approval. To provide feedback on the trial contact Airservices Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) on 1800 802 584 (free call), email NCIS@airservicesaustralia.com. An interpreter service is also available on 131 450.

More information on the flight path changes is available at www.airservicesaustralia.com/projects