New flight paths ‘ will not mean more noise’

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Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

COM­MU­NI­TIES

A public con­sul­ta­tion has been launched in to pro­pos­als for the air­port to in­vest in the pro­vi­sion of new de­fined flight paths which it says will im­prove cer­tainty of op­er­a­tions for air­craft us­ing the air­port.

The new In­stru­ment Ap­proach Pro­ce­dures ( IAPs) are aimed at re­duc­ing the num­ber of di­ver­sions due to weather, and will help en­sure the air­port keeps up with ad­vances in nav­i­ga­tion tech­nol­ogy.

Mick Lam­bert, aero­drome man­ager at Black­bushe Air­port ex­plained: “We have drawn up our pro­pos­als for the new IAPs, and we are now in a po­si­tion to en­gage with the lo­cal com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing our neigh­bours, lo­cal coun­cils and the avi­a­tion com­mu­nity to ex­plain our plans in more de­tail, and en­sure that any con­cerns are ac­knowl­edged.

“Black­bushe Air­port plays a key part in our re­gional econ­omy, so it is es­sen­tial that we con­tinue to de­velop the air­port to its full po­ten­tial, while also re­spect­ing and pro­tect­ing the needs of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties – so the more peo­ple who take part in this con­sul­ta­tion, the more ef­fec­tive we can be in terms of mak­ing the right de­ci­sions.”

The ini­tial public sul­ta­tion will run Fri­day Oc­to­ber 6.

The air­port is host­ing a public drop- in ses­sion on Mon­day Au­gust 7 ( 2pm7pm to present fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the pro­pos­als. Venue de­tails are on the air­port’s web­site. co­nun­til

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