We have been working through the large number of suggestions received from the community and industry for potential improvements to Sunshine Coast Noise Abatement Procedures (NAPs), flight paths and airspace operations. This has included consideration of feedback received at the community meeting held on 15 October 2022 and detailed technical review of a number of potentially feasible options.
We had anticipated releasing the draft report for public comment before the end of 2022, however given the time taken to review all suggestions and in consideration of the Christmas holiday period, we have moved the release of the draft report to early 2023.
The draft report will be available for review and comment for four weeks. We also plan to host a drop-in session for community members to discuss the draft report with us.
In the meantime, we wish you a happy holiday period and we look forward to discussing the draft PIR report with you early in the New Year.
Thank you to all community members who joined the Sunshine Coast Airport Flight Path Changes Post Implementation Review (PIR) community workshop. Your time and feedback is appreciated.
A copy of the presentation is available here.
The Sunshine Coast community is invited to continue to participate in the Sunshine Coast Airport airspace and flight path changes Post Implementation Review (PIR) at a community workshop on 15 October 2022.
The workshop will focus on the PIR to date and the community suggested alternative flight paths/Noise Abatement Procedures (NAPS).
To attend the workshop, please complete the registration form here. Please ensure that you register for the workshop, so that we can track venue capacity. Unregistered attendees will only be permitted entry if numbers permit.
Date: Saturday, 15 October 2022
Time: 10:30 AM (please try to be at the venue at 10:20AM, to allow for time to find a seat)
Location: North Shore Community Centre (701 David Low Way, Mudjimba QLD 4564)
Duration: The workshop is expected to run for 2 hours
Sunshine Coast residents may be aware that in addition to conducting the Post Implementation Review (PIR) on Sunshine Coast flight paths, Airservices is also conducting a PIR on Brisbane’s new flight paths.
On 22 August 2022, Airservices released the Brisbane New Parallel Runway Flight Paths Post Implementation Review (PIR) Independent Review Final Report by Trax International (Trax) which includes a number of recommendations that have interfaces with the Sunshine Coast airspace.
In reviewing the Sunshine Coast community suggested alternative flight path submissions, we have also identified constraints with Brisbane’s airspace. To get the best possible outcome for both airspace PIRs, we have identified the need to complete these reviews in parallel. This will allow consideration of some suggestions from the Sunshine Coast that would otherwise be ruled out now due to the conflict with current Brisbane airspace operations.
We intend to provide a draft report for Sunshine Coast by the end of 2022. This will identify the suggested alternatives that are considered safe and feasible to progress through the Airservices Airspace Change Program and those that require more detailed consideration in parallel with Brisbane PIR outcomes. A Sunshine Coast community meeting will follow the draft report release to enable detailed discussion of the PIR findings, outcomes and next steps.
We have completed our initial review of the community submissions for suggested flight path changes and noise abatement procedures. Thank you again to all community members who provided a submission.
This initial review has identified the suggestions that are safe and compliant with aviation regulations. We have now commenced the next part of the review which aims to identify the extent of potential improvement or impact each options might result in, in keeping with the assessment criteria provided in the Terms of Reference.
Based on the number of options under review, we anticipate providing a report to the community in July/August 2022. This will be followed by a community meeting to talk through the report findings and next steps, which will include the opportunity to provide feedback on the report. The report will also contain a proposed timeline for implementation of the recommended improvements.
We appreciate the community’s patience while we assess all of the suggestions put forward and we thank them for the effort taken in preparing their submissions.
Airservices would like to thank the Sunshine Coast community for your interest and participation in the PIR to date.
We received a total of 105 community suggested flight path alternatives and a total of 76 community suggested noise abatement procedure submissions. We had anticipated providing a report on the submissions and our assessment in April or May 2022. However, due to the high number of submissions and the detail contained within many of them, we are still completing our review. We will provide an update on the proposed timing of the report and further engagement in June 2022.
We thank you for your patience as we work through your submissions.
Community Suggested Alternatives Submissions
The submission period for Community Suggested Alternatives is now closed. We note that we continued to received submissions this week past the 9 January 2022 cut off period. All submissions received have been accepted and will be reviewed over the next few months.
Airservices would like to thank the community for their interest and participation in the PIR process. We will continue to update the community on the progress of the assessments on this page as well as through our newsletters.
Following on from some questions submitted during the November community Information session, we have updated the FAQs for the Sunshine Coast PIR to cover information on:
- Population overflown by the RWY13 RNP and RNAV arrival.
- Ambient noise levels recorded on temporary noise monitors.
This information and answers to other common questions can be found here.
We have encountered an unexpected technical error with the recording of the meeting on the 18th. Our team is working to identify a solution and we will provide an update soon.
Previously submitted community suggestions
During the 2019 engagement on the final flight path design for Sunshine Coast Airport’s new runway, nine suggestions were received from the community for alternative flight path operations. The assessment of these options was documented in the Sunshine Coast Airspace and Flight Path Changes – Proposed Final Design and Consideration of Feedback – July 2019 which is available on this site. You can access the document here.
Pages 28 to 34 describe each of the suggestions and the assessment outcome.
In most cases, the suggestions could not be progressed because they were not contained within the approved EIS corridor, which at the time the design was constrained by. Several however were also identified as increasing track miles and thus fuel burn and emissions, not complying with industry regulations or design standards, or creating safety issues with aircraft flying closer to mountainous areas.
One option was deemed feasible and was noted future consideration:
- Arriving aircraft to Runway 13 – adjusted northern approach to the RNAV (page 30).
We will revisit each of these options as part of the PIR given we are no longer constrained by the approved EIS corridor, however our required safety, compliance and feasibility considerations will still apply.
Thank you to all community members who joined in the community information session for community suggested flight path alternatives. A copy of the presentation can be found here.
Community suggested alternatives can still be submitted until Friday 24 December 2021 via our online survey.
The survey will take you through a series of questions to provide the required information. You will be able to attach files and images to the survey.