Flight Path Design Principles

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Planning Flight Paths into the Future

Airservices Australia is shaping how we design, develop and implement flight path changes into the future.

Between 14 January 2020 and 9 March 2020, we conducted a national stakeholder consultation on Airservices Draft Flight Path Design Principles.

This consultation did not include discussions on specific flight path changes occurring in any one location. The consultation was focused solely on the Draft Principles.

As part of our commitment to engage with our stakeholders, we hosted a series of conversations across the country, regarding the principles that should guide the design, development and implementation of flight paths in Australian airspace, now and into the future.

A Safe & Sustainable Aviation Future

A safe, secure and efficient aviation industry underpins business, trade and tourism activities that contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity.

We need to cater for the changing nature of aircraft operations, air traffic growth, airport expansion and advances in aviation technology, while keeping aviation safety as our first priority.

Aircraft noise is an inevitable impact of aviation activity. While airports are essential economic assets that provide communities and businesses with great benefits, residents living within 75 km of an airport may experience noise and visual impacts of aircraft arriving, departing or overflying the airport.

We need to manage the impacts of aviation activities and this requires a careful balance of ensuring safety, operational efficiency, protecting the environment and minimising the effects of aviation noise on the community, wherever practicable.

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Planning Flight Paths into the Future

Airservices Australia is shaping how we design, develop and implement flight path changes into the future.

Between 14 January 2020 and 9 March 2020, we conducted a national stakeholder consultation on Airservices Draft Flight Path Design Principles.

This consultation did not include discussions on specific flight path changes occurring in any one location. The consultation was focused solely on the Draft Principles.

As part of our commitment to engage with our stakeholders, we hosted a series of conversations across the country, regarding the principles that should guide the design, development and implementation of flight paths in Australian airspace, now and into the future.

A Safe & Sustainable Aviation Future

A safe, secure and efficient aviation industry underpins business, trade and tourism activities that contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity.

We need to cater for the changing nature of aircraft operations, air traffic growth, airport expansion and advances in aviation technology, while keeping aviation safety as our first priority.

Aircraft noise is an inevitable impact of aviation activity. While airports are essential economic assets that provide communities and businesses with great benefits, residents living within 75 km of an airport may experience noise and visual impacts of aircraft arriving, departing or overflying the airport.

We need to manage the impacts of aviation activities and this requires a careful balance of ensuring safety, operational efficiency, protecting the environment and minimising the effects of aviation noise on the community, wherever practicable.

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Have you read the Application Notes (here) and visited our FAQ page (here)? These may help to answer your questions.

If you still have a question about the Principles or would like to make comment please submit it below. 

Your comments will not be public and we will respond to you directly.

To assist us in responding, please include reference to the Principle/s you want clarification on when you submit your comment.  

The public comment period will be open for four weeks, from Wednesday 10 June 2020 to Wednesday 8 July 2020 (midnight AEST).


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