Final Post Implementation Report released

We have released the final Gold Coast Airport Runway 14 ILS Post Implementation Review Report.

Access a copy of the final report here.

This follows a public comment period between 4-18 September 2020.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the PIR public comment period by providing comments. We were pleased to receive several detailed submissions. Based on the feedback we have updated the report including:

  • adjusted the wording in Recommended Action 2 for clarity
  • provided comparison with the estimated ILS usage information from the Gold Coast Airport ILS MDP
  • provided additional information regarding the slight change in noise exposure in the Broadbeach area

The report includes a review of:

  • Airservices 2014 environmental assessment of the ILS flight path, including assumptions and forecast noise levels
  • Current operations for arrivals to Runway 14, including the results of actual noise monitoring
  • Application of Noise Abatement Procedures (NAPs) for arrival procedures to the ILS
  • Community engagement activities and information about forecast noise levels and NAPs.

The following recommended actions have been identified in response to the PIR findings:

Recommended Action 1

We will provide updated information derived from this report in a succinct and accessible format to the community regarding the use of preferred approaches to RWY14, the distribution of arriving traffic across various procedures, and the associated noise exposure.

Recommended Action 2

We will review the arrival flight paths to the ILS for RWY14 to identify possible noise improvements for the community. This will include consultation with the Airport Noise Abatement Consultative Committee (ANACC) and Gold Coast Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG) to identify safe, feasible and appropriate proposals. This will also include engagement with the Gold Coast community.

Recommended Action 3

  1. We will include a broader mix of aircraft types in all future noise modelling and flight path change considerations to ensure a representative assessment.
  2. We will add piston aircraft utilisation of the ILS to future reporting.

Recommended Action 4

  1. We will continue to work closely with airlines and operators to ensure correct application of the priorities as per NAPs.
  2. We will provide information derived from this report in a succinct and accessible format to the community to explain how the NAPs are achieving the AAT conditions and intent.
  3. While the NAPs are an aviation operational document for pilots, with language and instructions specific to this audience and constrained by the aviation rule set, we will review the specific community concerns raised prior to, and as part of, this PIR regarding the wording of the NAPs. We will consult with the ANACC regarding this review and provide briefings to the Gold Coast CACG. Findings will be made available on the Airservices website.

Recommended Action 5

We will consult with the ANACC regarding the format of future reporting on the ILS usage to ensure information is transparent and available for the Gold Coast CACG and ANACC meetings. We will provide this information on the Airservices website.

Recommended Action 6

We will provide a briefing to the CACG and ANACC on our ‘Community Engagement Framework’.

Recommended Action 7

When predicting noise levels from aircraft using specific instrument procedures designed to be used in adverse weather conditions, we will make specific allowance for increased ambient noise levels in future EIAs (due to the influence of high winds, rain and thunder on ambient noise levels). Information on these allowances will be included in community information. This will improve the accuracy of noise exposure forecast modelling.

This project has concluded

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