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Hobart Airport Standard Arrivals and Departures

Latest update

1 June 2018

Hobart Airspace Design Review – upcoming consultations

We are progressing consultation with stakeholders to inform the Hobart Airspace Design Review.

Airservices has retained a community engagement specialist and social planner Tania Parkes to identify social impacts to inform the Airspace Design Review and to assist in designing a Community Engagement Plan that will be used as the basis for consultation with a broader demographic in August 2018 when Airservices presents the initial findings of the Airspace Design Review. 

Stakeholders and community members are invited to attend the consultations listed below to participate in the co-design of the Community Engagement Plan and to meet community engagement specialist and social planner Tania Parkes.

Thursday 14 June 2018
9am and 10am consultations: Primrose Sands Community Centre, 570 Primrose Sands Rd, Primrose Sands
12pm and 1pm consultations: Sorell Memorial Hall, Cole St, Sorell
6pm and 7pm consultations: Dunalley Community Hall, 5 Franklin St, Dunalley

Friday 15 June 2018
12pm and 1pm consultations: Dunalley Community Hall, 5 Franklin St, Dunalley
6pm and 8pm consultations: Sorell Memorial Hall, Cole St, Sorell


Details of change

Airservices introduced flight path changes at Hobart Airport on 14 September 2017. These changes were made to organise aircraft movements onto standard routes, as previously, each aircraft was given an individual heading by air traffic control. As traffic volumes continue to increase it becomes more complex for air traffic controllers to deal with each aircraft individually in this way.

Airservices carefully considered concerns raised through community feedback about the flight path changes implemented on 14 September 2017 and conducted a review of alternative flight paths. A report outlining why the changes were made, alternative flight paths considered and community feedback are contained in Review Report Hobart Runway 30 STAR.

Airservices is now undertaking a further review, Hobart Airspace Design Review, of the Hobart Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs) and Standard Instrument Departure routes (SIDs). Terms of Reference for the review can be found below. Airservices is committed to consulting with the community and other stakeholders throughout the review process. It is anticipated that the review will take approximately 12–18 months to complete.

Key dates

14 September 2017
Airservices implemented standard arrival and departure flight paths at Hobart Airport from 14 September 2017.

Changes to flight paths are made for a variety of reasons, including for safety and efficiency improvements. Changes at Hobart were implemented to assist air traffic control with separation standards thus reducing complexity and workload for controllers and pilots. As traffic levels increases, the standardisation of flight paths is a key safety measure which reduces complexity for pilots and air traffic controllers. These changes build separation standards into the airspace design for departing and arriving aircraft and enable pilots to improve fuel management and reduce emissions with the use on board systems.

In 2017, on average, there are around 30 arrivals and 30 departures each day at Hobart Airport. The flight paths that are used on any given day depend on which runway is in use. The runway direction used depends on the wind and other factors, with Runway 30 tending to be used more than 50 per cent of the time. For the changes shown in the maps residents will experience aircraft movements depending on direction of the wind and runway in use. Some residents will notice a change in where departing and arriving aircraft are tracking, as aircraft track with greater consistency. The maps and images below show the changes to where aircraft will be tracking.

1 March 2018
Airservices introduced changes to arrival and departure routes at Hobart Airport on 14 September 2017. Following consideration of concerns raised by the community regarding changes to the arrival flight path to Runway 30, Airservices conducted a review to identify and assess possible safe and feasible alternatives flight paths.

The report of the review, Review Report Hobart Runway 30 STAR, November 2017, concluded that Airservices will implement the ‘Alternative 2’ flight path.

‘Alternative 2’, arrival path as shown in the review report, will become effective on 1 March 2018. This new flight path will provide an improved noise outcome for some areas that are currently affected by aircraft noise.

Operational requirements and constraints

Given Airservices requirements to consider safety as the most important consideration and the regulatory requirements to utilise satellite based navigation, Standard Instrument Departures and Standard Instrument Arrivals must continue to be utilised at Hobart Airport to ensure the travelling public continue to receive the best level of air traffic control service with the safest outcomes.

The following requirements exist when considering flight path options that must be adhered to:

  • Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs) and Standard Instrument Arrivals (STARs) enhance safety by systemising air routes so that arriving and departing aircraft are segregated and ensuring consistency and predictability of arrival movements using the latest available satellite based navigation technology and standards
  • Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs) and Standard Instrument Arrivals (STARs) provide terrain clearance, improve approach stability and environmental outcomes
  • The flight path must be designed to international safety standards that have been adopted for Australia by the airspace regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority
  • Flight paths must accommodate aircraft arriving from, and departing to, airports in a number of directions
  • Flight paths must be contained within air traffic control sectors and minimise complexity within each sector
  • Airspace and flight paths must be designed to facilitate safe descent and climb
  • The flight paths must remain inside designated controlled airspace
  • Arrival flight paths must connect air routes to instrument landing procedures which provide guidance to the runway e.g. area navigation (RNAV) and instrument landing system (ILS)
  • Airspace design must allow application of air traffic control procedures and standards
  • Flight paths must allow for the efficient sequencing and management of aircraft in the broader network by air traffic control, and minimise fuel burn and emissions as much as possible

Flight paths must also allow the efficient sequencing and management of aircraft in the broader network by air traffic control, and minimise fuel burn and emissions as much as possible.

Terms of reference

Within the operational requirements and constraints at Hobart Airport, Airservices will review the design of the SIDs and STARs for runway 12 and runway 30 in accordance with the following terms of reference:

The Hobart Airspace Design Review will be undertaken as a greenfield approach with the safety of air navigation as the primary consideration and will include:

  • An assessment of the operability of the design implemented on 14 September 2017, also including the planned change to the runway 30 STAR for implementation in March 2018
  • Recommendations for any changes that would enhance the safety of the design balanced with minimising the effects of aircraft noise on the community as far as practicable
  • The requirements list in the section Operational requirements and constraints

Any proposed changes to the airspace design must consider:

  • Regulatory requirements
  • Efficiency of aircraft operation and airport capacity constraints
  • Airspace operating constraints including aircraft capability, controlled airspace design, pilot work load, air traffic control system capability, and air traffic control standards and procedures

A report will be prepared detailing the outcomes of the review including:

  • Findings and recommendations
  • Airline customer feedback
  • Outcomes of other stakeholder feedback including community

Maps

14 September 2017

Departures from Runway 12

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Residents of Primrose Sands are not likely to be directly overflown however they may notice changes to the tracking of departing aircraft and an increase in the consistency of this tracking.
Residents in the Connellys Marsh area are currently overflown, however they may notice changes to the tracking of departing aircraft and an increase in the consistency of this tracking. Aircraft are at approximately 8000 to 9000 feet in altitude. Noise levels over 60 decibels are possible for larger aircraft.

Arrivals to Runway 12

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New flight path show in yellow for aircraft arriving to Runway 12 from the north. No change to existing flight path shown in red (instrument approach).

Departures from Runway 30

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Residents in the Campania area are currently overflown, however they may notice changes to the tracking of departing aircraft and an increase in the consistency of this tracking. Aircraft will be at altitudes of approximately 4000 to 5200 feet over this area.

Arrivals to Runway 30

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New flight path show in yellow for aircraft arriving to Runway 30 from the north. No change to existing flight path shown in red (instrument approach).
Residents in the Dunalley and Copping will notice changes to the tracking of arriving aircraft and an increase in the consistency of this tracking. Aircraft are expected to be at altitudes of approximately 5000 to 6000 feet over these areas.

Previous updates

27 April 2018

The Aircraft Noise Ombudsman (ANO) has released the report Investigation into complaints about the introduction of new flight paths in Hobart April 2018. Airservices response can also be found at the end of the report.

26 April 2018

As part of a proactive approach to managing issues associated with implementing flight path changes, Airservices has completed an internal review into its processes associated with aircraft noise management. This internal process review was conducted to provide an assessment of performance against key policy and procedural documents and provide recommendations for improvement. This review identified 29 actions, all of which were implemented by the end of March 2018. The report Review into processes associated with aircraft noise management will form part of Airservices commitment to continuous improvement and inform the management of the introduction of flight path changes into the future.

24 April 2018

Stakeholder consultation to support the Hobart Airspace Design Review, of the Hobart Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs) and Standard Instrument Departure routes (SIDs) will commence with initial discussions in late May, early June 2018. This first phase of consultation will allow all stakeholders to understand and provide input into the consultation process and establish the most appropriate format for engagement during 2018. A second round of consultation will be held to present a draft engagement plan developed from discussions during the initial consultation phase.

A third consultation round is planned for August 2018 where in depth engagement will follow the presentation of initial findings of the technical review of flight path options. Details of the arrangements for the first phase of consultation will be available here shortly.

28 February 2018

Airservices introduced changes to arrival and departure routes at Hobart Airport on 14 September 2017. Following consideration of concerns raised by the community regarding changes to the arrival flight path to Runway 30, Airservices conducted a review to identify and assess possible safe and feasible alternatives flight paths.

The report of the review, Review Report Hobart Runway 30 STAR, November 2017, concluded that Airservices will implement the ‘Alternative 2’ flight path.

‘Alternative 2’, arrival path as shown in the review report, will become effective on 1 March 2018. This new flight path will provide an improved noise outcome for some areas that are currently affected by aircraft noise.

31 January 2018

Airservices introduced changes to arrival and departure flight paths at Hobart Airport on 14th September 2017. The changes were designed to organise aircraft departing from, or arriving into, Hobart Airport onto standard routes called Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs) and Standard Instrument Arrivals (STARs). Airservices committed to a further review of the Hobart SIDs and STARs. Access the Terms of Reference (below) for the review.

24 November 2017

Airservices has carefully considered the concerns raised in community feedback about the flight path changes implemented on 14 September 2017. A review identified a number of alternative flight paths. A report on why the changes were made, alternative flight paths considered, community feedback and Airservices decision are outlined in Review Report Hobart Runway 30 STAR.

22 November 2017

At today’s Community Aviation Consultative Group meeting at Hobart Airport, it was announced that following a review of changes made to flight paths at Hobart Airport, that Airservices intends to implement Alternative Flight Path 2 based on safety, air traffic management and community feedback. This implementation is planned to be completed in March 2018, due to the requirement to publish the procedure in aeronautical documentation and provide airlines with sufficient time to program flight management systems. A full report of the review will be made available on the Airservices website by the end of this week.

Airservices will now undertake a further review of the Hobart Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs) and Standard Instrument Departure routes (SIDs) with terms of reference to be published by the end of January 2018. Airservices is committed to consulting with the community and other stakeholders throughout the review process. It is anticipated that the review will take approximately 12–18 months to complete.

10 November 2017

Information about:

  • the alternative flight paths identified as part of the review
  • the review process, and
  • how to provide feedback on the alternatives that have been identified

is now available on our Review of arrival flight path to Hobart Airport page.

8 November 2017

Extended hours for consultation drop-in session

In response to requests we are extending the hours of the community consultation drop-in session on 11 November 2017 at Dunalley House, 172 Arthur Highway, Dunalley.

The session will now run from 11.15am until 3pm. You are welcome to attend at any time between these hours.

On arrival small groups of up to 10 people at a time will be given an introduction of around 15 minutes by Manager Southern Operations, Steve Clarke. These introductions will run consecutively throughout the session.

After the introduction three specialists will be on hand to discuss issues and answer questions in more depth with individuals and small groups.

As the venue size is limited, it would be greatly appreciated if you would register your intention to attend and include an indication of what time you may arrive. We will use this information to limit any waiting times as far as possible. Please register by calling the NCIS on 1800 802 584 or by using our online form.

3 November 2017

As part of our review of the arrival flight path over Kellevie, Copping, Dunalley and Boomer Bay, Airservices is seeking feedback from the community on safe and feasible flight path alternatives that may reduce the impact of aircraft noise over these areas.

A community consultation drop-in session will be held on 11 November 2017 at Dunalley House, 172 Arthur Highway Dunalley between 11.15am and 3pm and you are welcome to attend at any time between these hours.

If you are available to attend, we encourage you to register by calling the NCIS on 1800 802 584 or by indicating your intention to attend using our online form.

20 October 2017

Airservices have carefully considered the concerns raised in community feedback about the flight path changes implemented on 14 September 2017. A review has commenced to assess and identify possible safe and feasible alternatives that would reduce aircraft noise impact on residents. In assessing possible options, safety will be our highest priority while seeking every opportunity to minimise and where possible reduce the impact of aircraft noise. The review will take several weeks and we will provide updates here regarding expected timelines.

Feedback can continue to be submitted to the Noise Complaints and Information Service.

19 October 2017

When designing these new flight paths, Airservices conducted an environmental assessment in accordance with Commonwealth regulatory requirements and Airservices environmental standards and procedures. The report Environmental Assessment of Hobart Airport – Proposed SIDs & STARS June 2017 is available below.

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