Hobart Airspace Design Review Community Update

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Latest update

Following the completion of the Hobart Airspace Design Review, new flight paths for Hobart Airport arrivals and departures will commence operation on 7 November 2019.

For information on aircraft operations in your area see our community specific fact sheets.

Latest update

Following the completion of the Hobart Airspace Design Review, new flight paths for Hobart Airport arrivals and departures will commence operation on 7 November 2019.

For information on aircraft operations in your area see our community specific fact sheets.

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  • How do I get a detailed noise modelling map for example 30 Decibels for both winter and summer time over all the affected and unaffected areas. This is for people who want to take into consideration if they need to relocate.

    GonePlaneCrazy asked 6 months ago

    Our noise modelling maps are available under our Resources tab and present noise events that are over 60 decibels (dB(A)) and again over 70 decibels (dB(A)).

    We don't produce noise maps below 60 decibels (dB(A)) as this level equates to the indoor design guide level of 50 dB(A) - which is the approximate sound of a refrigerator running in the background.

    Source: Australian Standard AS2021:2015 Acoustics – Aircraft noise intrusion – Building siting and construction

  • If potentially double the number of planes could be arriving/departing by 2030, shouldn't Airservices in general be compromising with affected communities by offering a night time curfew for Hobart Airport?

    GonePlaneCrazy asked 6 months ago

    Curfews are not part of Airservices accountabilities, as they are a matter for the airport.  Further information on curfews can be found at:

    https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/environmental/curfews/index.aspx 

    http://www.airservicesaustralia.com/wp-content/uploads/11-152FAC_Airport-curfews_WEB.pdf

  • I have read that the numbers of Hobart passengers expected to double by 2030 and with larger noisier international jets, why was this not used in considering the affect on the communities near flight paths? That is only 12 months ahead numbers/noise modelling was used.

    GonePlaneCrazy asked 6 months ago

    We have looked at a 10+ year horizon to consider how aviation growth in the region will need to be supported with safe and efficient flight paths. The final design is appropriate for different operators and aircraft, including international operations. To future proof the design, we have separated the jet and non-jet departure paths, and included the latest technologies such as 'Smart Tracking' approaches in addition to the standard RNAV approaches.   

    In considering the effect of future growth on communities, we aimed to distribute the flight paths to minimise the concentrated effects as much as possible.

    Typically, noise modelling for flight path designs uses either the airport data in the Master Development Plan, or a 12 month future estimate based on adjusted current activity - whichever is greater.  In this case, the 12 month future estimate was used. 

  • Why have final flight paths been decided without even trialling them to see what the noise and visual pollution effects are?

    GonePlaneCrazy asked 6 months ago

    The final flight path designs were assessed for environmental impacts, including noise and visual effects, using our approved environmental assessment methodology. The modelling tool used to conduct this assessment is the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA, USA) latest software, Aviation Environment Design Tool (AEDT). This software has been verified and validated for accuracy around the world.

    Noise contour pictures are available for your reference in our resources library.