EasyJet Airbus 320 series to be retro fitted with noise reduction device by end of 2017 to stop the ‘whine’. No undertaking from other airlines but penalties to be introduced after 2017.
Continuous Descent Approaches to start at 7,000ft from current 6000ft, with 8,000ft later.
Timed arrivals, XMAN (slowing down aircraft over the Continent) to avoid the need to stack.
Stacks to be moved out over sea.
Improved scheduling to mitigate day flights being moved into night time flights.
No limit to number of complaints per day per household.
Planning advice to local councils with respect to flight paths- presumably not to build houses schools hospitals under flight paths.
Noise Management Board with an independent Chair, 6 aviation representatives, 2 local councillors, 2 community group representatives.
Good but over long timescale and will penalties for other airlines be severe enough?
Very unclear whether this will help Tunbridge Wells and locations nearer the ILS but may help those further away.
Welcome but implementation in long term.
Good for some rural areas further south but very much for the long term future.
No figures given to indicate how many day flights are delayed into night time slots but a KPI (Key Performance Indicator) is planned to evaluate this. No other suggestions to improve night time flight noise. Please note that night flights paths are not included in the widened swathe proposal but remain at 10+nm bringing them over densely populated areas.
Great. An essential change but please work even harder on not giving us cause for complaint!
As we know only too well, GAL changes flight path routes and we are more concerned about the houses, schools and hospitals already under their flight paths.
Two community group representatives is not enough. It is essential that Tunbridge Wells conurbation is represented but we are doubtful that this will happen. The groups representing rural interests are very influential and the interests of Tunbridge Wells may be ignored again.