Tuesday 19th November 2013.
BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT TO CARRY OUT FLIGHT PATH TRIAL
Birmingham Airport will be implementing a trial of two alternative flight paths from April 2014, as part of its Airspace Change Proposal.
Since summer 2012, the Airport has been developing an Airspace Change Proposal required for a change to departure flight paths to the south of the Airport, as a result of the runway extension development.
After considering two viable options in detail, the Airport submitted its preferred route - known locally as Option 5 - to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in August this year. The difference in the overall environmental and operational attributes of both routes considered (Option 5 and Option 6) were very marginal.
Following the submission of the preferred route (Option 5) to the CAA, Birmingham Airport has continued to receive high levels of feedback from the local community and has been advised that other UK airports have been undertaking trials of flight paths. These trials help to understand the actual impact rather than theoretical modelling.
Birmingham Airport has consulted with the CAA and recognises the importance of this issue to the local community and will carry out a trial of Option 5 and Option 6 in a live environment for seven months from April (you can view a map of the routes here).
The CAA supports this step which will provide supplementary information to help the CAA to make a robust and balanced decision on the proposal.
In line with the CAA’s future Airspace Strategy, the Airport’s proposal to the CAA included the introduction of precise navigation methods called RNAV1, allowing aircraft to fly more precisely. Birmingham Airport is an early adopter of RNAV1 and therefore, a trial is the most appropriate next step for this Airspace Change Proposal.
The Airport has made a commitment to reduce its noise preferential routes from 3km to 2km as it is assumed that aircraft will fly more precisely using RNAV1 technology. This trial will allow the Airport to validate this.
This trial is part of Birmingham Airport’s current Airspace Change application to the CAA and will allow RNAV procedures to be tested objectively to assess the impact and give greater insight to help make a more informed decision on the most appropriate option.
This trial is part of the existing Airspace Change application to the CAA and is not a further consultation.
Further information can be found on Birmingham Airport’s website closer to the trial date.