Sunshine Coast Airport Airspace Changes Runway 13/31

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Sunshine Coast Council led the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project and has delivered the new runway (Runway 13/31). The new runway and associated flight paths became operational on 14 June 2020.

These flight paths will change the way aircraft operate as they arrive and depart from Sunshine Coast Airport.

For more information on flight paths and aircraft operations, view our Fact Sheets here. Following community feedback, we have included both the minimum and average heights for departures, as heights for departures can vary depending on aircraft type. Heights for arriving aircraft continue to be presented as minimum heights, as heights for arrivals are less varied.

You can also search your address in the Interactive Map here, which presents the arrival and departure flight paths to both ends of the runway.

We have provided FAQs here.

Where can I access more information?

For information on current aircraft movements and flight paths, historical runway utilisation or monthly complaint reports for the Sunshine Coast, visit the Airservices website here (external site).

For information on aircraft noise, visit the Aircraft Noise Information Tool on the Sunshine Coast Airport website here (external site).

For more information on the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project, visit the Sunshine Coast Council website here (external site).

Sunshine Coast Council led the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project and has delivered the new runway (Runway 13/31). The new runway and associated flight paths became operational on 14 June 2020.

These flight paths will change the way aircraft operate as they arrive and depart from Sunshine Coast Airport.

For more information on flight paths and aircraft operations, view our Fact Sheets here. Following community feedback, we have included both the minimum and average heights for departures, as heights for departures can vary depending on aircraft type. Heights for arriving aircraft continue to be presented as minimum heights, as heights for arrivals are less varied.

You can also search your address in the Interactive Map here, which presents the arrival and departure flight paths to both ends of the runway.

We have provided FAQs here.

Where can I access more information?

For information on current aircraft movements and flight paths, historical runway utilisation or monthly complaint reports for the Sunshine Coast, visit the Airservices website here (external site).

For information on aircraft noise, visit the Aircraft Noise Information Tool on the Sunshine Coast Airport website here (external site).

For more information on the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project, visit the Sunshine Coast Council website here (external site).

  • PIR activity update

    29 Mar 2021

    Draft Community Engagement Plan

    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the draft Community Engagement Plan (CEP).

    An updated draft CEP is now available for review for three weeks, from Monday 29 March 2021 to Friday 30 April 2021 (midnight AEST). This review period excludes the two-week Easter holiday period.

    Access the updated draft CEP here.

    A summary of the feedback received and how we considered it is available here.

    Short-Term Noise Monitoring Feasibility Study

    We have commenced our site feasibility study to identify potential zones in which we may place noise monitors. Once we have completed the feasibility study, we will provide these zones and supporting information to the community and commence engagement on suitable monitoring locations.

    Next Steps

    We will release the final CEP and the Noise Monitoring Site Feasibility Study Report shortly after the current community review period closes, depending on volume of feedback. We will then commence engagement on suitable locations to site the noise monitors.

    Information on timeframes for the community suggested alternative submission period has been included in the updated draft CEP.

  • PIR activity update

    01 Feb 2021

    Release of final Terms of Reference

    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Update Draft Terms of Reference (ToR) v0.3. We have considered all feedback received in finalising the ToR.

    You can view the Terms of Reference with final changes tracked here.

    A summary of the feedback received and our response to it can be viewed here.

    The ANO has been advised of completion of the ToR. Per their update posted on their website (click here) the ANO has advised the Airservices Australia Board that it will be neither agreeing nor disagreeing with Terms of Reference drafted by Airservices as doing so would be inconsistent with the ANO Charter as this would compromise the independence of the ANO.

    Draft Community Engagement Plan

    Feedback on the draft Community Engagement Plan (CEP) closed at midnight (AEST) Sunday 31 January 2020. We will review all submissions received and incorporate relevant feedback into an updated version which we will provide for a further public review period.

    Next Steps

    We recognise from feedback received that short-term noise monitoring and further engagement on the development of the CEP are of key interest to the community. For this reason, we will commence immediately on the short-term noise monitoring site feasibility study to enable engagement with the community on appropriate locations to occur in the near future, so that we can mobilise quickly when air traffic volumes return to representative levels. We will also focus in the short term on finalising the CEP with the community, after which we will call for community suggested alternative submissions to the flight paths. Further information on timeframes will be provided in the updated CEP when released for the second round of public comment.

    Short-Term Noise Monitoring Site Feasibility Study

    We will commence with the short-term noise monitoring site feasibility study. This will identify the “zones” in which we need to place short-term noise monitors. These zones need to be in positions in close proximity to the flightpaths we are reviewing, the locations used for modelled noise levels in the EIA, and areas with populations as well as structures which may accommodate a short-term noise monitor installation. Other factors, including proximity to other noise sources (highways etc) are also considered. Once completed, we will provide these zones and supporting information to the community and commence engagement on suitable monitoring locations.

  • Draft Terms of Reference Review Period Closed

    18 Jan 2021

    The review period for the draft Terms of Reference (ToR) is now closed.

    We thank everyone who participated by providing feedback on the draft ToR.

    We will consider all community feedback and will provide an updated version of the ToR on this project page.

  • Closing dates for feedback

    17 Dec 2020

    The updated draft Terms of Reference (ToR) is available for review until midnight (AEST) Sunday 17 January 2021.

    The ToR has already been subject to detailed community review, as well as discussion through face-to-face and online community meetings. We will finalise the ToR by Sunday 31 January 2021 to enable the PIR to commence.

    The draft Community Engagement Plan (CEP) is also now available for comment until midnight (AEST) Sunday 31 January 2021.

    We have extended the closing date for the draft CEP, acknowledging this is the first opportunity the community has had to review this document.

    Feedback can be provided by the following methods:

    Please note our office is closed for the Christmas holiday period from 19 December 2020 to 5 January 2021 (inclusive). We will respond to comments and queries when we return.

    Information about current operations for Sunshine Coast Airport can be accessed through the Airservices Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood portal.

  • Community Webex Meeting - Questions

    by Fiona Lawton, 14 Dec 2020

    The responses to the 150+ questions raised at the Community Webex Meeting on 8 December 2020 are available here.

    The questions covered a range of topics including:

    • The PIR process, including the Terms of Reference and the Community Engagement Plan
    • Noise modelling, noise monitoring and environmental assessments
    • Current operations
    • SCAEP related matters including the EIS
    • Other general queries.
  • Updated draft Terms of Reference & draft Community Engagement Plan now available

    11 Dec 2020

    Following our community Webex meeting on Tuesday 8 December 2020, we are providing the updated draft Terms of Reference (ToR) and the draft Community Engagement Plan (CEP) for the Post Implementation Review. Access these documents under Resources here.

    These are available for public review from today until midnight (AEST) Sunday 17 January 2021.

    During this time you can submit your feedback by:

  • Community Webex Meeting 8 December 2020

    by Sally A, 09 Dec 2020

    We held a community Webex meeting on 8 December between 5.30-7.00pm to provide an update on the feedback we received on the draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Sunshine Coast Flight Path Changes Post Implementation Review (PIR), and our consideration of that feedback.

    We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Webex, and all those who provided feedback.

    A copy of the meeting presentation and recording of the Webex meeting are available to download on this project page.

    During the meeting, there were over 150 questions and comments from participants. While we were able to answer some of these during the Q&A session we were not able to get to them all. We will provide a further update on the Q&A shortly.

    On Friday 11 December we will provide the updated draft ToR and the draft Community Engagement Plan (CEP) for a public review period until 15 January 2021.

  • Webex Meeting - Updated draft ToR

    by Sally A, 26 Nov 2020

    We are hosting a community Webex meeting to present the updated draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Sunshine Coast Flight Path Changes Post Implementation Review (PIR).

    Please join us to learn more about the feedback we received on the draft ToR, and how we have considered and applied that feedback in the updated draft ToR, which will be provided for further community comment.

    Community members with an interest in the PIR are welcome to participate. Details on how to join in are provided below.

    Date – Tuesday 8 December 2020

    Time – 5:30-7:00pm

    Location – Webex Meeting

    To book your place please click here and provide your name and email address by Friday 4 December 2020. You will receive the Webex details via email prior to the meeting.

    During the meeting, you will be able to submit questions or comments via Webex chat.

    Following the meeting, we will provide on Engage Airservices:

    • responses to questions in the FAQ section
    • a recording of the Webex Meeting
    • the updated draft ToR and the draft Community Engagement Plan (CEP) for public comment.
  • Terms of Reference Update

    by Sally A, 13 Nov 2020

    Thank you to everyone who responded during the Post Implementation Review (PIR) draft Terms of Reference (ToR) public comment period. We received over 460 submissions and are now reviewing the feedback to develop an updated draft ToR.

    In early December 2020, we will host an online Webex meeting to present the feedback and how it has been considered in the updated draft ToR. We will send an invitation to community representative groups to participate in the Webex meeting. Community members with an interest in the PIR are also welcome to participate.

    Details of the Webex meeting, including the date and how to join in, will be provided on this project page.

    To ensure you receive updates, please register with Engage Airservices here and then subscribe for Sunshine Coast Project updates here.

    Following the Webex meeting, we will provide the updated draft ToR and the draft Community Engagement Plan (CEP) for public comment.

  • Draft Terms of Reference Public Comment Period Closed

    by Sally A, 04 Nov 2020

    The public comment period for the draft Terms of Reference is now closed.

    We thank everyone who participated by providing feedback on the draft ToR.

    We will consider all community feedback and will provide a third version of the draft Terms of Reference for final comment.

    Once the Terms of Reference is finalised, we will prepare our draft Community Engagement Plan which will be provided for public comment.

    To ensure you receive updates, please register with Engage Airservices here and then subscribe for Sunshine Coast Project updates here.