Passenger numbers at Gold Coast Airport continue to rise.
Passenger numbers at Gold Coast Airport continue to rise. Scott Powick

Air traffic noise cut on trial

BANORA Point residents can expect less air traffic noise, when a new trial flight path kicks in next month.

The trial path, which tracks over the Club Banora golf course, missing the bulk of homes in the suburb, will be used from the first week of December and trialled for 12 months.

Banora Point and District Residents Association president John Sweeney said parts of Banora Point, including the Oxley Cove estate, would definitely benefit from the changes.

"It will benefit a large number of people, but may be detrimental to a much smaller number," Mr Sweeney said.

Air Services Australia spokesman Rob Walker said after discussions with the Community Aviation Consultation Group, they hoped the trial would keep most people happy.

"We think it will be of positive benefit to the community," Mr Walker said.

The announcement goes hand-in-hand with the Gold Coast Airport's Smart Tracking System, which - while it's been trialled since 2008 - was officially switched on when Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss visited on Thursday.

Mr Truss said the satellite-based system would make the airport serviceable at times when it might otherwise be closed.

The Smart Tracking system, already in place in most major Australian airports, will allow jets to have a shorter approach to the airport and is expected to save 950 tonnes of CO2 being released each year.

Mr Walker said the satellite-based system would mean safer approaches in adverse weather conditions. The system won't rule out an Instrument Landing System, which he said is still on the cards.



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