25 May 2017
Canberra has a modern aircraft fleet and in response to public demand the number of flights is forecast to grow by over 30 per cent by 2020 (compared to 2012 levels). Smart Tracking aircraft will be the cornerstone technology to cater for this growth in a sustainable way.
To enable a wider range of aircraft to use Smart Tracking at Canberra Airport, Airservices is implementing new international standard Smart Tracking procedures on Runway 17 and 35 to improve safety, noise and emissions outcomes for Canberra Airport.
What is going to change?
The updated Smart Tracking arrival flight paths closely replicate the existing Smart Tracking arrival flight paths, with minor changes occurring within existing flight path corridors.
Residents may notice small changes to aircraft tracking however these changes are not expected to result in a noticeable difference in noise levels.
When will the change begin?
Will there be more aircraft noise?
No new areas will be exposed to aircraft noise as a result of the updated Smart Tracking flight paths, as these areas are already overflown by aircraft. There should not be any noticeable difference in aircraft noise.
Canberra Runway 17
Canberra Runway 35
- Factsheet: Smart Tracking Canberra from 25 May 2017
- Pre 25 May 2017 Smart Tracking Canberra flight paths
- Noise and operations at Canberra Airport
History of Smart Tracking at Canberra
Smart Tracking was trialled at Canberra from 2006 by one airline and was made permanently available in February 2013. Seven tracks are used for aircraft arriving to Canberra Airport. Each track is within an existing flight path corridor and replicates those used in the trial.
At the time of community engagement on the Smart Tracking proposals, Airservices produced the following information documents: