Gatwick airspace seminar
Keeping our stakeholders informed
On 10 May 2016, we held our fourth airspace seminar.
The event again brought together Gatwick's management team with responsibility for airspace and noise along with a range of aviation and environment experts, and was facilitated by Dr Ian Flindell, an independent noise expert.
The aim of the airspace seminar was to inform the local community representatives, politicians and business partners about current developments and future plans on noise and airspace initiatives within the airport and airline industry.
Below you can find a list of speakers at the event, along with their presentations in Powerpoint format and video. There is also a video of the question and answer session at the end of our airspace seminar.
Dr Ian Flindell, independent noise expert
Ian facilitated this event. He is widely known across Europe as an independent acoustic consultant and as a part-time teacher and researcher at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research.
Tim May, UK Airports Noise and Air Quality Manager, Department for Transport (DfT)
Tim opened the presentations by outlining the Government’s role in regulating airspace and noise at UK airports. He explained changes and developments which have occurred within the last year, leading to the DfT embarking on a review of their policies and guidance.
Video of Tim's presentation
Keith Bushell, UK Stakeholder Manager, Airbus
2016 was the first year Airbus had a speaking slot at our seminar; Keith discussed current research into airframe designs, focusing on the acoustic design and ways in which to reduce airframe noise. Keith explained the breakdown of noise sources on both take-off and approach as well as outlining the benefits and improvements of current airframe designs.
Charles Kirwan-Taylor, Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Gatwick Airport Limited
Charles began his presentation by discussing the CAA’s Post-Implementation Review (PIR) of the introduction of P-RNAV on departures at Gatwick Airport, and the changes which are being bought into place on three departure routes as recommended in the review. He also provided an overview of the recent Independent Arrivals Review, which was published in the winter of 2016, and of Gatwick’s responses to the 23 recommendations.
Video of Charles' presentation
Emma Simpson, Principle Airspace Regulator, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
Emma explained where the CAA sits within the process of airspace change procedures and the framework in which they operate. She detailed the reasons for the need for airspace changes and outlined the visions and aims of FAS – the Future Airspace Strategy. The independent Helios Report commissioned last year was also discussed and Emma explained the current consultation on the proposals for a revised airspace change process.
Video of Emma's presentation
Dr Andy Jefferson, Programme Director, Sustainable Aviation (SA)
Andy began by outlining the role & aims of Sustainable Aviation as well as listing the members of SA. He explained the complexity of noise annoyance, however detailed the work into improving the noise climate, including operational improvements, the introduction of more modern, quieter aircraft and the phasing out of older models. He explained that SA were planning on publishing an Air Quality discussion paper later this year and as well as updating the carbon road map towards the end of year.
Video of Andy's presentation