Andy Sinclair, Head of Airspace Strategy and Engagement

Andy SinclairThe purpose of our blog is to update on airspace related activities and issues at Gatwick Airport and around the local area that may be of interest to our local communities and stakeholders. I plan to include updates on public aviation consultations, airspace and operational changes and the work of our Noise Management Board. If you want to know more about noise from planes or the airport or find out more about flightpaths of aircraft, then please use our new and updated Flight Tracker site where you will find a raft of data and information.

All previous blogs are at the bottom of this page with the most recent blog first.

Noise Management Board Public Meeting - 4 December 2019

Gatwick’s fourth annual airspace and Noise Management Board public meeting was an important milestone for the NMB and marks the start of a new structure, which follows a recommendation from the recent review of the NMB’s first three year term.

The new dual track structure means that two new Chairs - Jonathan Drew and Warren Morgan - have been appointed to lead the newly created NMB Executive Board and NMB Community Forum, respectively. Both were appointed following a full and open recruitment process. I would also like to thank the outgoing Chair, Bo Redeborn, for leading the Arrivals Review and the work of the NMB to date. 

The new structure will allow for more community groups and locally elected representatives to be include in, and contribute to, NMB proceedings. 

An annual report has also been produced that looks back at the progress of the NMB over the previous year. 

Also discussed at the public meeting was the CAA’s decision to postpone its review of the NMB’s proposed Reduced Night Noise trial due to revised Department for Transport priorities.  By way of a reminder, the trial will examine whether new navigation technology can be used to increase the height of low flying aircraft at night, between the hours of 01.30 to 05.00, to reduce the noise they make on the ground. This trial is entirely focussed on noise reduction and no more aircraft will fly at night than are currently allowed and nobody will be newly overflown. 

The CAA’s decision is an essential precursor to the trial and as a result the RNN trial will no longer start in March 2020 as originally planned. While disappointing news, we remain in close contact with the CAA and will provide an update as soon as we have a new decision date from them. 

As the NMB moves into its second three year term, I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has helped to progress the work of the organisation to date, in all capacities. I look forward to working with the NMB during its next phase of activity.

See below for previous blog updates.

Noise information portal - September 2019


NMB update - August 2019


Route 4 update - 12 July 2019


Gatwick noise contours reduced in 2018 - 17 June 2019


New Noise and Track Keeping System and launch of the Airspace Office


Route 4 update - 19 February 2019


Airspace update - 24 January 2019


Annual Airspace & NMB Public Meeting and Route 4 update - 14 January 2019


Reduced night noise trial update - 25 September 2018


Route 4 update - 16 May 2018


Route 4 update - 29 March 2018


Noise reduction initiatives - 16 January 2018


Improving information - 9 October 2017


Departures works and NMB - 14 September 2017


Focus on departures - 4 July 2017


Proposed airspace change for Gatwick standard arrival routes from the south and west - 5 June 2017


Assessing new departures procedure - 22 May 2017


Airspace update - 16 May 2017


Airspace update - 13 April 2017


Airspace update - 17 February 2017


Route 4 update - 23 December 2016


Route 4 update - 11 November 2016


Route 4 update - 31 October 2016