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Fly quiet & clean

Pulling together our noise initiatives.

Fly quiet & clean

Fly Quiet and Clean is a unique framework that pulls together all our noise initiatives. Launched at our noise seminar in December 2012, it includes both on-going initiatives and new thinking. The nine components of Fly Quiet &Clean are:


Airport Collaborative Decision Making aims to improve the operational efficiency of all airport operators by reducing delays, increasing the predictability of events during a flight and optimising resources. This in turn then provides the best environmental solutions and reduces noise and emissions for aircraft on the ground and in the air. More information is available at

Airspace Design

This piece of work involves Gatwick and NATS, the air traffic services provider, working together to look at how the airspace directly affecting Gatwick flights can be better managed with more direct routes and better ways of operating. The result will be reduced noise and emissions.

Precise Area Navigation (P-RNAV)

Precision based satellite navigation is the ability of an aircraft’s flight management system to navigate by means of waypoints defined by latitude and longitude, rather than by conventional ground based navigational aids.

Airline operators and the CAA are eager for the potential advantages offered by existing equipment to be fully exploited. The deployment of P-RNAV will realise a number of operational benefits, depending on the type of P-RNAV application and the target environment. These could include controller and pilot workload, improved situational awareness, noise reduction, reduced emissions, fuel savings and reduced engine maintenance costs. The P-RNAV standard is intended for airspace around airports and requires that an aircraft is capable of trackkeeping accuracy of ±1 nautical miles for 95% of its flight time. Further information can be found at

Airline community

Airlines are an essential part of our quiet and clean story, as they are fundamental to achieving noise reduction. Our aim is to continue to work with our airlines to help them improve the way they fly through collaborative working, trials and by sharing best practice.

Noise Action Plan (NAP)

The NAP is an evolving five-year plan for how Gatwick manages noise which was adopted by the Secretary of State for Transport in 2010. The NAP sets out how we manage noise not only on a day-to-day basis, but also in the medium and longer term. View our NAP.

Departures and Arrivals Codes of Practice

The Departures and Arrivals Codes of Practice are collaborative initiatives driven by Sustainable Aviation and its member organisations. Many years of work, including trials, modelling and data analysis have developed best practice methods for arriving and departing aircraft. These have been identified and implemented throughout airlines in order to reduce noise and emissions.

Quiet and Clean Innovation Group

The Quiet and Clean Innovation Group is a dedicated team looking at creating ground-breaking solutions within our Fly Quiet and Clean programme. The group is technical in nature with a membership comprising airlines, NATS and the regulator, and is distinct from our Noise and Track Monitoring Advisory Group and the Flight Operations Safety Committee.

Sustainable Aviation

Sustainable Aviation is an essential link within our programme because of its reputation within industry. You can find out more about them at

The Future

Technology is improving all the time and will, in time, further improve the impacts of the aviation industry. Advancements in aircraft design, the overall strategic UK and European wide airspace management, together with forward thinking within the aviation industry are all key components to the future of noise management for us.