Trep­i­da­tion over flight path re­port

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

A re­port into a con­tentious year-long trial of new flight paths over cen­tral Auck­land is set to be re­leased by the end of the month.

An Air­ways New Zealand spokes­woman says com­ment­ing on the SMART ap­proach re­port be­fore­hand would not be ap­pro­pri­ate.

The trial, be­gun in Novem­ber 2012, was run by Auck­land Air­port, Air­ways NZ and Air New Zealand. ‘‘Smart’’ ap­proaches al­low planes a more di­rect route to the air­port.

It re­sults in fewer miles flown, a re­duc­tion in fuel con­sump­tion and car­bon emis­sions and bet­ter noise man­age­ment for those liv­ing close to the air­port.

Res­i­dents from some cen­tral Auck­land sub­urbs, in­clud­ing One Tree Hill, Mt Roskill and Royal Oak, have writ­ten to the Cen­tral Leader say­ing the new paths have brought in more planes and air­craft noise.

Royal Oak’s Lor­raine Clark says the trial is only part of the prob­lem with a new queu­ing sys­tems for planes wait­ing to land also op­er­at­ing.

Its aim is to elim­i­nate air­borne air traf­fic bot­tle­necks and hold­ing pat­terns at what is one of Aus­trala­sia’s busiest in­ter­na­tional air­ports.

How­ever the air­port says this is not adding any ex­tra noise.

Clark said the fo­cus shifted to get­ting the rules around air trans­port changed through the district plan and Civil Avi­a­tion.

Air­lines, air­ways and com­mu­nity feed­back will be as­sessed as part of the re­port.

Noise mon­i­tors in the com­mu­nity and data gath­ered from them will also be con­sid­ered.

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