Airservices and Defence recently performed a regular review of the changes that were made in 2015 and identified some minor adjustments that are required to ensure the highest level of safety assurance is achieved and that aircraft are managed as efficiently as possible. These changes will come into effect on 26 May 2016.
The changes will either increase aircraft climb rates or modify the way aircraft turn when close to the airport in order provide more predictable tracking for aircraft.
Some residents in the southern suburbs of Palmerston may notice changes to non-jet aircraft taking off from Runway 11, with a greater spread of aircraft by approximately 1km due to the altitude turn requirement.
Howard Springs may also see a change in aircraft altitude and tracking, however, this is not expected to increase noise impacts.
Airservices expects the proposed changes are not likely to be noticeable by the community due to the high altitude of aircraft and distance from the airport. There will be no new residential areas exposed to aircraft noise.
Airservices will continue to inform residents on any updates as they come available and will work with Darwin Airport and the community to identify future noise improvement opportunities.
Traffic Management Plan 2015
What is being changed and why?
Airservices and Defence will change five existing flight paths to Darwin Airport from 28 May 2015. This follows a review of the existing air traffic control procedures and environmental assessment which was last reviewed in 2005. The changes are due to a number of factors including, increased aircraft traffic, maximising airspace efficiency and change in aircraft mix.
Changes are relatively minor and include three departure flight paths and two approach flight paths within the Darwin CBD region. The changes are shown below.
Departure flight paths
Arrival flight paths
Will I notice any increase or change in noise?
The proposed changes are not likely to be noticeable to the community due to the flight path distance being well away from residential areas, along with the high altitude of aircraft in the current and proposed tracks. Any changes in noise level will not be noticeable and the changes will not expose any new areas to aircraft noise.
Are there any environmental impacts?
Airservices has applied the Department of the Environment Protected Matters Search Tool to identify threatened habitats and ecosystems, threatened and vulnerable flora and fauna species, heritage matters, or other matters of environmental significance that may be impacted by aircraft noise as a direct result of implementing the proposed flight path realignment.
As a result of the analysis, there is not expected to be a significant environmental impact from the proposed changes. An Environmental Assessment has been undertaken and is available.
Your feedback is welcomed by contacting the Noise Complaints and Information Service on 1800 802 584 (free call), using our online form or by mail to Noise Complaints and Information Service, PO Box 211, Mascot NSW 1460.
An interpreter service is also available on 131 450.