Flight path re­in­stated

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Fran­cis Curro

AIR Ser­vices Aus­tralia (ASA) has re­in­stated a con­tro­ver­sial flight path trial six months af­ter abruptly can­celling it, draw­ing both praise and ire from the com­mu­nity.

Be­tween 10pm and 5am res­i­dents in the South­ern River, Park­wood and Can­ning Vale will hear planes tak­ing off as part of a study into air traf­fic noise.

The trial, which started on Fe­bru­ary 15 and ends on April 10, re­places ex­ist­ing flight paths leav­ing south via the Shel­ley, River­ton and Ross­moyne ar­eas. In­stead, they will fly south.

Swan MHR Steve Irons said it was good news for res­i­dents in Water­ford, Karawara, Man­ning and Sal­ter Point.

“Dur­ing the trial, night­time de­par­tures to the south will con­tinue much fur­ther on the south­ward head­ing in- stead of bank­ing west over the river sub­urbs,” he said.

“Air Ser­vices Aus­tralia will set up noise mon­i­tors at sev­eral points along the pro­posed trial flight path to ob­tain base­line noise read­ings, then re-route some air­craft to use this flight path to col­lect ac­tual noise level read­ings.

“This trial will show what can be done to im­prove the shar­ing of that noise in Perth.

“I wel­come the re­in­state­ment and hope that Air Ser­vices Aus­tralia will use the find­ings to meet the com­mu­nity shar­ing as­pi­ra­tions into the fu­ture.”

Park­wood res­i­dent Or­monde Wa­ters said he had no­ticed the change in the evening and called on ASA to can­cel the trial.

“I have no­ticed it has got­ten worse,” he said.

“I want it re­versed the way it was be­fore or make it go over the Swan River so peo­ple are not af­fected.”

He said he would be sat­is­fied for flight paths to be more flex­i­ble, mean­ing noise could be shared among the com­mu­ni­ties af­fected.

“An­other op­tion is to ro­tate the area from one area to an­other and share the noise,” he said.

An ASA spokes­woman said the study would ob­tain base­line noise read­ings, and then re-route some air­craft to use this flight path to col­lect ac­tual noise level read­ings.

“(The study) will al­low a di­rect com­par­i­son be­tween ac­tual noise data col­lected and the modelling data that was used in the en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment,” she said.

“The lo­ca­tion of the noise mon­i­tors have been se­lected to en­sure data cap­tured is re­flec­tive of the noise ex­pe­ri­enced by res­i­dents as they are clos­est to the flight path cen­tre­line and within res­i­den­tial ar­eas.”

Map in­di­cat­ing the ‘south’ flight path.

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