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2019 Changes

Adelaide Airport - Proposed Flight Path Change

10 July 2019

Changes to approach procedures at Adelaide Airport’s secondary runway (Runway 12/30)

When will this change occur?

Airservices will be implementing changes to some approach procedures for aircraft arriving to Adelaide Airport’s secondary runway (Runway 12/30) from 12 September 2019.

Changes to approach procedures at Adelaide Airport’s secondary runway

18 April 2019

When will this change occur?

Airservices will make changes to some approach procedures for aircraft arriving to Adelaide Airport’s secondary runway from July 2019.

Why are the changes necessary?

Since 2007, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has encouraged its members to implement approach procedures with vertical (straight up and down) guidance to improve safety for aircraft arriving to and landing at airports.

One way to do this is to make it possible for aircraft to use Baro-VNAV technology.

Baro-VNAV is a technology available on most modern aircraft. It allows aircraft to land more smoothly, without using ground based navigation equipment. It also reduces the workload for pilots and decreases their reliance on visual assessments, making landing safer.

The introduction of Baro-NAV technology requires minor changes to existing arrival procedures at Adelaide Airport.

What is going to change?

For more information on the changes please see the Fact Sheet – Changes to approach procedures for aircraft arriving at Adelaide Airport (April 2019) under Resources.

How can I get more information?

For Queries regarding information on the change please contact Community Engagement

For general information on flight path changes, contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) on:

  • 1800 802 584 (free call)
  • 131 450 (interpreter service)

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Resources

Fact Sheet – Changes to approach procedures for aircraft arriving at Adelaide Airport (April 2019)

Brisbane Airport - Airspace Change for Medical Helicopters

4 April 2019

What do we want to change?

Medical helicopters often transport patients to and from hospitals in central Brisbane, including Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Mater Hospital and Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Currently these helicopters have to ask for clearance from Brisbane Air Traffic Control, which can lead to delays.

This is because the helicopters are operating in controlled airspace meaning they have to share it with other aircraft who are also receiving instructions from Air Traffic Control.

We want to change an area of airspace between these hospitals to be uncontrolled airspace, meaning aircraft do not need clearance from Air Traffic Control to use it.

This change will make it easier and quicker for medical helicopters to get to and from these hospitals.

The changes will commence in November 2019.

What will this mean for the community?

The Brisbane Airspace Change for Medical Helicopters Fact Sheet provides more information about what is going to change.

Where can I get more information?

For general information on flight path changes, contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) on:

  • 1800 802 584 (free call)
  • 131 450 (interpreter service)

General feedback can be provided:

Via online form at: https://feedback.emsbk.com/asa

Mail to: Feedback c/o Noise Complaints and Information Service, PO BOX 211 Mascot NSW 1460

Resources

Fact Sheet – Brisbane Airspace Change for Medical Helicopters (April 2019)

Coffs Harbour - Changes to Approach Procedures

8 April 2019

When will this change occur?

Airservices will make changes to approach procedures for aircraft arriving to Coffs Harbour Airport from 18 July 2019.

Why are the changes necessary?

Since 2007, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has encouraged its members to implement approach procedures with vertical (straight up and down) guidance to improve safety for aircraft arriving to and landing at airports.

One way to do this is to make it possible for aircraft to use Baro-VNAV technology.

Baro-VNAV is a technology available on most modern aircraft. It allows aircraft to land more smoothly, without using ground based navigation equipment. It also reduces the workload for pilots and decreases their reliance on visual assessments, making landing safer.

The introduction of Baro-NAV technology requires a number of minor changes to existing arrival procedures at Coffs Harbour Airport.

What is going to change?

For more information on the changes please see the Fact Sheet – Coffs Harbour Approach Procedures Changes under Resources.

How can I get more information?

For general information on flight path changes, contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) on:

  • 1800 802 584 (free call)
  • 131 450 (interpreter service)

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General feedback can be provided:

Resources

Fact Sheet – Coffs Harbour Approach Procedures Changes (April 2019)

Coondewanna Airport Proposed Airspace Change

Proposed amendment to approach procedure at Coondewanna Airport

18 April 2019

Airservices conducted community consultation on the Coondewanna Airport Proposed Airspace Change from 20 February 2019 – 3 April 2019.

No community feedback was received on the proposal.

The proposal will proceed to implementation in June 2019.

For more information please see the Coondewanna Airport – Proposed Amendment to Approach Procedure at Runway 08 Fact Sheet  under Downloads


20 February 2019

When will this change occur?

Airservices is proposing to implement an amendment to the approach procedure at Runway 08 at Coondewanna Airport from June 2019.

Why are the changes necessary?

The proposed change was identified during a cyclical three year review of approach procedures at the airport, and will provide a stabilised approach and allow for more accurate visual approaches.

What is going to change?

The amendment is a reduction in altitude of 110 feet (from 3440 feet to 3330 feet) within 6 – 10 kilometres from the runway threshold. Aircraft may be observed to be tracking slightly lower along this segment as a result of the amendment.

For more information please see the Coondewanna Airport – Proposed Amendment to Approach Procedure at Runway 08 Fact Sheet (February 2019) under Resources.

How can I have my say?

To provide feedback and/or to register to receive information on flight path changes, please contact Airservices Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) via:

  • Online form at: https://feedback.emsbk.com/asa
  • Mail to Feedback c/o Noise Complaints and Information Service, PO BOX 211 Mascot NSW 1460
  • 1800 802 584 (free call)
  • 131 450 (interpreter service)
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Feedback closes on 3 April 2019.

Resources

Coondewanna Airport – P0roposed Amendment to Approach Procedure at Runway 08 Fact Sheet (February 2019)

Flinders Island Airport - Changes to approach procedures

Airservices implemented these changes in August 2019.


Changes to approach procedures at Flinders Island Airport

30 April 2019

When will this change occur?

Airservices will make changes to some approach procedures for aircraft arriving to Flinders Island Airport from August 2019.

Why are the changes necessary?

Since 2007, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has encouraged its members to implement approach procedures with vertical (straight up and down) guidance to improve safety for aircraft arriving to and landing at airports.

One way to do this is to make it possible for aircraft to use Baro-VNAV technology.

Baro-VNAV is a technology available on most modern aircraft. It allows aircraft to land more smoothly, without using ground based navigation equipment. It also reduces the workload for pilots and decreases their reliance on visual assessments, making landing safer.

The introduction of Baro-NAV technology requires minor changes to existing arrival procedures at Flinders Island Airport.

What is going to change?

For more information on the changes please see the Fact Sheet – Flinders Island Approach Procedures Change (April 2019) under Resources.

How can I get more information?

For general information on flight path changes, contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) on:

  • 1800 802 584 (free call)
  • 131 450 (interpreter service)
  • interpreter-symbol-2

General feedback can be provided:

Resources

Fact Sheet – Flinders Island Approach Procedures Change (April 2019)

Gold Coast Airport - Changes to high altitude routes for jets arriving from the west and northwest

Changes to high altitude routes for jets arriving from the west and northwest

5 April 2019

Airservices conducted community consultation on the proposed changes to high altitude routes for jets arriving from the west and northwest from 5 February 2019 – 19 March 2019.

Airservices received one submission about the proposal. The submission was not supportive of the proposal and suggested that it would lead to concentrated noise.

Due to limited feedback and no alternative suggestions for flight path design, the change will proceed to implementation on 15 August 2019.


5 February 2019

When will this change occur?

  • Airservices proposes to implement changes to high altitude routes for jets arriving from the west and northwest to Gold Coast Airport from April 2019.

Why are the changes necessary?

  • The proposed changes will create predictable traffic flow for aircraft using these routes and will improve safety by reducing workload for pilots and air traffic controllers.

What is going to change?

  • Currently jet aircraft arriving at high altitudes (8,000 – 20,000 feet) from the west and northwest into the Gold Coast are not required to flight plan along specific routes.
  • The proposed change will specify that jet aircraft fly set routes, using existing waypoints.
  • The proposed change may result in increased concentration of traffic, due to jet aircraft following the prescribed routes, but this will not lead to an overall increase in the number of aircraft movements.
  • There will be no change to aircraft altitudes or aircraft types as a result of the proposed changes.

Operations at Gold Coast Airport are restricted by a curfew between 11pm and 6am Queensland time, aircraft will not be flying these routes during the curfew hours.

For more information please see the Gold Coast Airport High Altitude Route Changes Fact Sheet (February 2019) under Resources.

 How can I have my say?

Feedback can be provided:

For general information on flight path changes, contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) on:

  • 1800 802 584 (free call)
  • 131 450 (interpreter service)
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Feedback closes on 19 March 2019.

Resources

Gold Coast Airport High Altitude Route Changes Fact Sheet (February 2019)

Jandakot Airport - Changes to arrival and departure procedures

Airservices implemented these changes in October 2019.


5 July 2019

When will this change occur?

Airservices will implement changes to arrival and departure procedures for aircraft using Jandakot Airport’s cross runway (Runway 12/30) from September 2019.

Why are the changes necessary?

Jandakot Airport is extending Runway 12/30 by 510 metres to the south-east.

These procedure changes are required to accommodate the runway extension and are consistent with information provided in the Major Development Plan (MDP) which was developed by Jandakot Airport (JAH) and consulted on with the community from December 2015 to March 2016.

This MDP was approved by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport in June 2016.

 What is going to change?

Jandakot Airport is mainly used for training purposes and 95% of aircraft operate under visual flight rules (VFR). The remaining 5% operate under instrument flight rules (IFR).

As a result of the extension there will be several minor changes to approach and departure procedures for both VFR and IFR aircraft using Runway 30 (to the north-west).

These changes will result in noticeable visual changes to where some aircraft fly. Some of the changes will also result in small increases in noise; however as these changes are under 3 decibels (dB(A)) they are not considered to be noticeable to human hearing and residents are unlikely to notice this increase.

For more information on the changes please see the Changes to arrival and departure procedures at Jandakot Airport Fact Sheet under Resources.

There will be no changes to approach and departure procedures for Runway 12 (to the south-east).

The overall number or type of aircraft will not change as a result of the procedure changes outlined above. However, the extension will accommodate larger aircraft (e.g. Beechcraft Kingair B200) and as a result there will be a change in the type and number of aircraft using Runway 12/30, which may be noticeable to communities surrounding the airport.

Further detail about predicted movement numbers and aircraft types can be found in the Jandakot Airport Major Development Plan – Extension of Runway 12/30 and Taxiway System webpage.

It is expected that the Runway 30 circuit area will shift slightly (by up to 510m) to the southeast as a result of the Runway 12/30 runway extension. Other runway circuit patterns will not be affected.

Jandakot Airport has a Fly Neighbourly Policy to reduce the effect of aircraft noise on surrounding communities.

The Fly Neighbourly Policy is not expected to change as a result of the changes.

Resources

Changes to arrival and departure procedures at Jandakot Airport Fact Sheet (July 2019)

Melbourne Airport - Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes

22 March 2019

Feedback has now closed. For a summary of the feedback received on this change please see Summary of Feedback – Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes under Resources.

The proposal will proceed to implementation on 20 June 2019.


28 February 2019

Fact Sheets have been updated to clarify domestic and international aircraft usage of the proposed new runway mode.


25 February 2019

Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes

Airservices is proposing changes to how some runways (Runway 09 and Runway 16) are used for arrivals to Melbourne Airport, when certain wind conditions exist.

This is an Airservices initiated change to improve safety and efficiency at Melbourne Airport and is not part of the Melbourne Airport Runway Development Program.

Previous information identified that residents of Wollert may notice an increase in flights on existing flight paths when Runway 09 is in use. Further analysis of the proposed flight paths has revealed that this is not expected to be the case.

When will this change occur?

Implementation of the proposed change is planned for June 2019 (previously May 2019).

Why are the changes necessary?

The proposed changes will reduce delays to aircraft and passengers, and reduce the workload for air traffic controllers and pilots, particularly when there is holding in the air for arriving traffic into Melbourne. The proposed changes will improve safety and efficiency of operations at Melbourne Airport.

What is going to change?

Flights land and take off from different runways depending on wind, weather, operational requirements, emergencies and noise management.

Currently at Melbourne Airport, during periods of south/south easterly winds, the north-south runway (Runway 16) is used for both arrivals and departures. This is an example of what is called a runway ‘mode’. Runway modes are described in the Noise Abatement Procedures (NAPs) for Melbourne Airport.

During busy periods at Melbourne Airport, this existing runway mode may result in delays to flights on the ground and in the air, which can have flow-on impacts across the whole air traffic network.

Airservices is proposing to add a new runway mode to the NAPs to be used when there are south/south easterly winds.

In order for aircraft to land safely and efficiently on Runway 09, Airservices will also need to change some arrival flight paths to the north and northwest of Melbourne Airport. This will ensure that arriving aircraft remain separated from departing aircraft and can approach the airport in an efficient manner. These changes have been designed to be as close to existing flight paths as possible.

Existing runway modes and flight paths will continue to be used at Melbourne Airport, in other wind conditions.

The proposed new runway mode, with Runway 09 for arrivals, will not be used between 11:00pm-6:00am. However Runway 09 may be used during these times when it is the only suitable runway for operational reasons.

Where can I get more information?

For more information please see the Resources section below.

Airservices will be hosting ‘drop in’ consultation sessions with potentially affected communities between 7 and 9 March 2019:

Thursday 7 March 2019, 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Meeting Room 3
Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn
75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn

Friday 8 March 2019, 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Gisborne Community Centre
Hamilton St, Gisborne

Saturday 9 March 2019, 11:00am to 3:00pm
Richards Training Room, Level 1
Melton Library and Learning Hub
31 McKenzie Street, Melton

HOW CAN I HAVE MY SAY?

Feedback can be provided:

  • In person at one of our consultation sessions
  • Via online form at: https://feedback.emsbk.com/asa
  • Mail to: Feedback c/o Noise Complaints and Information Service, PO BOX 211 Mascot NSW 1460

For general information on flight path changes, contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) on:

  • 1800 802 584 (free call)
  • 131 450 (interpreter service)
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Consultation commenced on 15 January 2019. The feedback period has been extended and now closes on 12 March 2019 (previously 26 February 2019).

Previous Updates

15 January 2018

Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes

Airservices proposes to implement a mode change to the Melbourne Airport Noise Abatement Procedures (NAPs) in April 2019.

The proposed changes will ensure that airborne and ground delays are minimised during peak periods, by implementing a new mode of operation. This new mode will allow arriving aircraft to land on the east-west runway (Runway 09) and departing aircraft to track south on the north-south runway (Runway 16).

This new mode will be used when there are south or south easterly winds, especially during summer months.

The new mode will also require changes to flight paths so that Runway 09 can be used for arrivals.

For more information please see the Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes Fact Sheet under Resources.

Airservices will conduct on-site consultation sessions with affected communities in February.
Details of these sessions will be available soon.

Prior to the on-site consultation sessions, we will publish community specific fact sheets.

Feedback closes on 26 February 2019.

Resources

Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes – Summary of Feedback (March 2019)

Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes – Poster Set – March 2019

Fact Sheet – Melbourne RWY0916 Northern Community Specific (February 2019, updated)

– Melbourne RWY0916 Western Community Specific Fact Sheet (February 2019, updated)

Fact Sheet – Melbourne RWY0916 NorthWestern Community Specific (February 2019, updated)

Fact Sheet – Melbourne RWY0916 Northern Community Specific (February 2019)

Fact Sheet – Melbourne RWY0916 Western Community Specific (February 2019)

Fact Sheet – Melbourne RWY0916 NorthWestern Community Specific (February 2019)

Melbourne RWY0916 Community Info Sessions (February 2019)

Fact Sheet – Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes (March 2019)

Fact Sheet – Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes (February 2019 updated)

Fact Sheet – Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes (February 2019)

Fact Sheet – Melbourne Airport Runway Mode and Flight Path Changes (15 January 2019)

Merimbula Airport - Proposed Airspace Change

Proposed changes to approach procedures at Merimbula Airport

14 June 2019

Feedback has now closed. No community feedback was received on the proposal. The flight path change will proceed to implementation in August 2019.

For a summary of the activities undertaken for this change please see Merimbula Airport Summary of Feedback – June 2019 under resources.


18 April 2019

When will this change occur?

Airservices is proposing changes to approach procedures for aircraft arriving to Merimbula Airport from August 2019.

Why are the changes necessary?

Since 2007, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has encouraged its members to implement approach procedures with vertical (straight up and down) guidance to improve safety for aircraft arriving to and landing at airports.

One way to do this is to make it possible for aircraft to use Baro-VNAV technology.

Baro-VNAV is a technology available on most modern aircraft. It allows aircraft to land more smoothly, without using ground based navigation equipment. It also reduces the workload for pilots and decreases their reliance on visual assessments, making landing safer.

The introduction of Baro-NAV technology requires a number of changes to existing arrival procedures at Merimbula Airport.

What is going to change?

For more information on the changes please see the Fact Sheet – Changes to approach procedures at Merimbula Airport (April 2019) under Resources.

How can I get more information?

For general information on flight path changes, contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) on:

  • 1800 802 584 (free call)
  • 131 450 (interpreter service)

Feedback can be provided:

Feedback closes on 30 May 2019.

Resources

Merimbula Airport Summary of Feedback – June 2019

Fact Sheet – Changes to approach procedures at Merimbula Airport (April 2019)

Olympic Dam Airport - Changes to approach procedures

Changes to approach procedures at Olympic Dam Airport

Airservices implemented these changes in October 2019.


30 April 2019

When will this change occur?

Airservices will make changes to some approach procedures for aircraft arriving to Olympic Dam Airport from August 2019.

Why are the changes necessary?

Since 2007, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has encouraged its members to implement approach procedures with vertical (straight up and down) guidance to improve safety for aircraft arriving to and landing at airports.

One way to do this is to make it possible for aircraft to use Baro-VNAV technology.

Baro-VNAV is a technology available on most modern aircraft. It allows aircraft to land more smoothly, without using ground based navigation equipment. It also reduces the workload for pilots and decreases their reliance on visual assessments, making landing safer.

The introduction of Baro-NAV technology requires minor changes to existing arrival procedures at Olympic Dam Airport.

What is going to change?

For more information on the changes please see the Fact Sheet – Olympic Dam Changes to Approach Procedures (April 2019) under Resources.

How can I get more information?

For general information on flight path changes, contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) on:

  • 1800 802 584 (free call)
  • 131 450 (interpreter service)
  • interpreter-symbol-2

General feedback can be provided:

Resources

Fact Sheet – Olympic Dam Changes to Approach Procedures (April 2019)

Townsville Airport - Implementation of SIDS and STARS

18 December 2018

Airservices conducted community consultation on the proposed implementation of Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs) and Standard Instrument Arrivals (STARs) at Townsville Airport between 26 October 2018 and 7 December 2018.

No community feedback was received on the proposal.

The proposal will proceed to implementation on 23 May 2019.

Please refer to the fact sheet Townsville Airport Implementation of SIDS and STARS for more information on this change.

Previous updates

23 November 2018

Airservices conducted community consultation on the proposed changes to the satellite-based area navigation approach (RNAV) for Runway 01 at Townsville between 5 October 2018 and 30 October 2018.

No community feedback was received on the proposed change.

Airservices implemented this change on the 8 November 2018.

Please refer to the fact sheet Townsville Traffic Management Plan RWY 01 RNAV for more information on this change.

26 October 2018
Townsville Airport Traffic Management Plan – Final Stage Implementation of SIDs and STARs

Airservices and the Department of Defence are implementing changes to improve the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations for arriving and departing flights at Townsville Airport.

Since May 2017 this has included high altitude flight path changes, changes to traffic management procedures, and re-aligning the satellite-based area navigation approach (RNAV) to Runway 19 for aircraft landing at the airport when approaching from the north.

The final stage of the Traffic Management Plan provides predictable and segregated flight paths that connect aircraft from the airport to and from high level routes. This component is the proposed implementation of Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs) and Standard Instrument Arrivals (STARs).

For more information please refer to the fact sheet Townsville Airport Implementation of SIDS and STARS

For more information on the Runway 01 RNAV approaches for Townsville Airport please refer to the fact sheet Townsville Traffic Management Plan RWY 01 RNAV

5 October 2018
Townsville Airport Traffic Management Plan – Final Stage Runway 01 RNAV approaches May 2017

Airservices and the Department of Defence are implementing changes to improve the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations for arriving and departing flights at Townsville Airport.

These changes will ensure aircraft flying in and out of Townsville airport are on more predictable and segregated flight paths that can be better managed by aircraft flight management systems, and reducing pilot and air traffic control workload.

Since May 2017 this has included high level flight path changes, changes to traffic management procedures and realigning the satellite-based area navigation approach (RNAV) to Runway 19, for aircraft landing at the airport when approaching from the north.

The satellite-based area navigation approach to Runway 01, for aircraft landing at the airport when approaching from the south, is now going to be updated to utilise the latest navigation technology.

For more information please see the Townsville Traffic Management Plan RWY 01 RNAV factsheet under Downloads.

May 2017
Airservices and RAAF Townsville are realigning the satellite based navigation approach to Runway 19 to improve safety and improve the landing capability of aircraft. The new flight path will move approximately 2km west of Horseshoe Bay residential area and reduce overall noise impacts relative to the existing flight path.

There are a small number of residents located to the west of Horseshoe Bay who may notice an increase in noise levels and a change in aircraft tracking.

Downloads

Downloads