Edinburgh Airport launches second stage of ACP consultation

Edinburgh Airport has launched the second stage of its public consultation on the Airspace Change Programme (ACP).

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Edinburgh Airport has launched its ACP consultation

The ACP is about the way in which Edinburgh Airport intends to grow, ensuring that it continues to be able to support Scotland’s economy and jobs in a safe and effective way.

The existing flight paths used by aircraft rely on the 1950s technology of ground-based radio beacons. Any new flightpaths changes would be introduced using well-established and more accurate form of navigation called Area NAVigation (RNAV). RNAV uses a combination of satellite and ground-based navigation technology to permit aircraft to follow a precisely defined path over the ground with far greater accuracy than is possible with conventional routes.

The second stage of consultation “You Spoke and We Listened” material presents a range of proposed new flight paths which have been informed and influenced by the public responses from the initial ACP consultation period between June – September 2016.

If the airport’s preferred proposed flight paths are approved by the CAA, it would mean that aircraft would fly over fewer people than at present and would reduce the noise impact for thousands of residents in our neighbouring communities.

If implemented the airport’s preferred options would deliver the following major benefits:

  • The number of people who are currently overflown by aircraft up to around 7,000 ft above their properties would also reduce significantly compared to our current routes, and affecting the lives of nearly 25,000 fewer people.

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  • Reducing Carbon Foot print and effect on the environment.
  • Optimised operational benefits and the ability to meet and accommodate existing and future growth while maximising the safety of all of passengers.

For more information on the consultation and the materials see www.letsgofurther.com

For the full text of this news release see the Edinburgh Airport news releases page