FAB Public complaints Feb 1, 2015 13:29:14 GMT
Post by Annette (Admin) on Feb 1, 2015 13:29:14 GMT
from LOCAL Rag
Complaints made to Farnborough Airport have almost doubled in the last three years.
Last year there were 263 complaints, the majority of which were received between April and June.
During that period 134 objections were lodged, while 29 were received between January and March, 68 between July and September and 32 between October and December.
The issues ranged from noisy aircraft to planes flying too low, not on the perceived flight track or emitting fumes, and were mainly received from people in the Fleet, Ewshot and Mytchett areas.
In 2013 there were 220 complaints, while in 2012 there were just 138.
Aircraft operating at TAG Farnborough Airport are monitored using an integrated noise and track monitoring system.
The track of each aircraft movement is recorded and subjected to an audit process to ensure compliance with published procedures.
Under the noise management programme, jet aircraft that do not meet the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) chapter IV standard have been banned from using the airport. This noise standard is ICAO’s most stringent and quietest classification for jet aircraft.
To ensure chapter IV compliance, TAG Farnborough Airport requires approved noise certificates before permission can be granted for aircraft to take off or land.
Miles Thomas, TAG’s environment manager, said: “We have worked closely with community representatives over the years to improve noise management. We have recently implemented a state-of-the-art noise, track and complaints management system to monitor noise in and around the airport and engage openly with the community.
“We received 265 complaints from 124 members of the community in 2014.”
Last year, TAG launched a consultation on proposed airspace rules that are designed to reduce the impact on the area, with the number of flights set to double during the next five years.
A feedback report in August stated that stakeholders were concerned about access to the proposed airspace, justification for planned changes and safety issues caused by the compression of non-Farnborough aircraft in the airport’s airspace.