EDINBURGH AIRPORT'S CONSULTATION ON ALTERING FLIGHT PATHS
The DEADLINE for responses to the Airport's Consultation Coordinator is 12 SEPTEMBER
If we are to have any possible effect on the noise and other aircraft pollution from which Cramond, Barnton, Braehead and Cammo have suffered for decades, we MUST respond. Otherwise, it will be assumed we have got so used to the planes we no longer care and don't even mind if matters worsen, as they may do. So, see below for advice.
Go to www.letsgofurther.com OR write to Consultation Coordinator, Edinburgh Airport, PO Box 17473, Edinburgh, EH12 1ND
If you have not had the time to look at the consultation, the question asked is simple. Namely, what local factor or factors should determine the position of aircraft flight paths? Answer:
WHERE COMMUNITIES OVERFLOWN BY AIRCRAFT WILL BE LEAST AFFECTED BY NOISE AND OTHER POLLUTION.
The Airport has produced what it calls "Design Envelopes" for arriving and departing planes within which it seeks guidance on where to position the arriving and departing flight paths. These "Envelopes" are highways in the sky which are initially very wide to accommodate planes coming from different directions and narrow down as they approach the runway. The opposite holds for departing planes. You should, therefore, advise the following:
I WANT ARRIVING AND DEPARTING FLIGHT PATHS OVER THE CRAMOND DISTRICT TO BE POSITIONED AT THE MOST NORTHERLY LIMITS OF THE DESIGN ENVELOPES.
This would mean planes substantially overflying the non-populated countryside north of the River Almond. This may not prove technically acceptable for arriving planes, which have to line-up with the runway at a safe distance, but there is just the possibility that this distance could operationally be closer to the runway.
However, it is understood there is no technical reason why departing flights should not be instructed to take a more northerly bearing than they are currently obliged to do soon after leaving the runway (but some appear not to). At present, that bearing is 45 degrees north, the runway line being at 60 degrees north, so a 15 degrees turn to the left. Increasing this turn would take planes further away from Cramond.
YOU MAY WISH ADDITIONALLY TO MAKE THIS LATTER POINT. YOU MAY ALSO WISH TO ADVISE THAT, IN THE LONG-TERM, REALIGNMENT OF THE RUNWAY WOULD BE THE BEST SOLUTION AND THE AIRPORT SHOULD NOW BEGIN TO INVESTIGATE THIS POSSIBILITY.
Any queries, please contact Stefan Slater, your Cramond Association airport representative, at 312 6779 or email@example.com