Changed air lanes

Central Leader - - LETTERS -

In the Au­gust 21 edi­tion of the Cen­tral Leader, Auck­land Air­port aero­nau­ti­cal op­er­a­tions man­ager Judy Ni­choll is quoted as say­ing planes ‘‘are fly­ing the tracks they have been fly­ing for many years’’ which com­pletely con­tra­dicts the open­ing para­graph ‘‘New flight paths be­ing tri­alled by Auck­land Air­port . . .’’

Ms Ni­choll also states the new SMART ap­proaches have had lit­tle dis­cernible im­pact on cen­tral sub­urbs One Tree Hill, Epsom, One­hunga, Mt Roskill and Royal Oak.

I bought a house in One­hunga around four years ago and af­ter mov­ing in was im­me­di­ately struck by the quiet, peace­ful area.

In those years I had never heard a sin­gle plane, apart from the oc­ca­sional recre­ational one, and the reg­u­lar helicopters which seem to hover around quite of­ten.

How­ever in re­cent weeks I’ve no­ticed some­thing pre­vi­ously un­heard, planes fly­ing over­head to and from the air­port.

They are not par­tic­u­larly loud in the main, but seem to be com­ing more and more fre­quent, as close to­gether as five min­utes apart at times.

Some of them are re­ally quite loud.

There seem to be at least six a day dur­ing the hours I am home.

Ms Ni­choll also states that the planes only fly be­tween 7am and 10pm.

I’ve heard two or three fly over nearly ev­ery night in the past two weeks be­tween midnight-2am.

Af­ter that I’m asleep so for all I know they could be go­ing all night.

Ms Ni­choll ob­vi­ously is not aware of what is go­ing on.

Any­one in the ar­eas men­tioned who is con­cerned about this new noise nui­sance should com­plain to the Auck­land Air­port, phone 256 8133 be­cause if th­ese new flight paths be­come per­ma­nent, the noise may well in­crease in vol­ume and fre­quency of flights and it will be too late to do any­thing about it by then. ‘‘height­ened aware­ness’’.

Ap­par­ently, af­ter read­ing neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity about the new SMART tri­als of low fly­ing air­craft over many cen­tral city neigh­bour­hoods, I now have this con­di­tion which, among other things, en­ables me to hear air­craft over­head even with head­phones on while lis­ten­ing to mu­sic.

I am also just as as­ton­ished to re­alise that, thanks to this con­di­tion, my eye­sight has vastly im­proved.

If, as Ms Ni­choll as­serts ‘‘peo­ple be­lieve planes are fly­ing lower but they’re not’’ and I am now clearly able to make out lo­gos and other de­tail on air­craft pass­ing di­rectly over­head, it is highly prob­a­ble that I have ‘‘height­ened aware­ness’’ to thank for this mir­a­cle as well.

This is great news Judy and, as you can imag­ine, my 92-year-old mother is also over the moon to be of­fered the ‘‘height­ened aware­ness’’ tech­nique, free of charge and so late in life.

Re­mark­able stuff from Auck­land Air­port, al­most too good to be true.

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