Steep steps taken to cut noise at Heathrow
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.