Steep steps taken to cut noise at Heathrow

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HEATHROW Air­port will trial steeper ap­proaches for in­com­ing air­craft in an ef­fort to re­duce noise pol­lu­tion.

Cur­rently, the in­ter­na­tional stan­dard for ap­proaches at most air­ports is three de­grees, but from Septem­ber 14, Heathrow will be­gin tri­alling steeper ap­proaches of 2.5 de­grees to re­duce noise for res­i­dents.

The trial, ap­proved by the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity, is planned to run un­til March 16, 2016.

While the trial is op­tional, it is ex­pected that a large num­ber of air­lines will take part.

Matt Gor­man, di­rec­tor of sus­tain­abil­ity and en­vi­ron­ment at Heathrow, said: “Heathrow has changed and taken a new ap­proach to ad­dress­ing our im­pacts on com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing when it comes to noise.

“Steeper ap­proaches are just one step in the right di­rec­tion and, along with other qui­eter op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures and in­cen­tives to bring qui­eter air­craft into op­er­a­tion, will en­sure fewer peo­ple are af­fected by noise, even with an ex­panded air­port.”

John Stewart, chair­man of anti-noise group HACAN, said: “This mea­sure in it­self will not cut noise sig­nif­i­cantly but it is an im­por­tant step in the right di­rec­tion.”

Mo­bile noise mon­i­tors have been spe­cially de­ployed for the du­ra­tion of the trial and a re­port will be is­sued fol­low­ing the trial sum­maris­ing the find­ings.

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