15 Mar 2013
Airservices, in collaboration with the owner of Jandakot Airport, Jandakot Airport Holdings, have introduced a new procedure for training aircraft operating from Jandakot in an effort to reduce the impact of aircraft noise.
The new procedure will require operators of single-engine aircraft to practice simulated engine trouble overhead the airport’s runways.
Airservices Executive General Manager Environment, Dr Rob Weaver said that while this would not eliminate noise caused by circuit training, it would help to reduce noise from one of the noisiest components of pilot training.
“By confining simulated engine trouble to within the airport perimeter, we hope to deliver a better noise outcome for residents,” said Dr Weaver.
Training involving simulated engine trouble is a mandatory component of pilot training which some residents find intrusive due to the frequent changes in engine sound.
“Airservices is committed to finding ways to improve the noise impact of training flights in and around Jandakot as well as at other airports around the country,” said Dr Rob Weaver. “It means this important and mandatory training can still be conducted from the airport.”
Airservices and Jandakot Airport Holdings worked closely with the local aviation industry, the Jandakot Community Aviation Consultation Group and the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman to change the procedure.
To ensure the changes occurred immediately Jandakot Airport Holdings issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) with the updated procedure to be published in the next issue of Airservices En Route Supplement Australia (ERSA) document.
The ERSA contains instructions for pilots operating at all airports.