London Stansted has monitored, reported on and managed noise issues since the early 1990’s and has well established procedures and practises. In many cases the airport has gone beyond the requirements of best practise and legal requirement to help mitigate and reduce the noise impact of aircraft operations.
Going forwards, we will continue to manage aircraft noise in a pro-active way and we will take further appropriate actions to reduce and mitigate aircraft noise in the local community.
Our Noise Action Plan
London Stansted has monitored, reported on and managed aircraft noise issues since the 1990’s and we have well established procedures and practices. In developing this update of our Noise Strategy, we actively consulted with the Airport’s Consultative Committee (ACC) and listened to their feedback. As a result we have developed several new actions that will be introduced over the lifetime of this five-year action plan and we will work closely with the ACC to achieve them.
View our Noise Action Plan (12 MB PDF)
Draft Aviation Policy Framework
The Government launched a scoping exercise in March 2011 towards developing a new sustainable policy framework for UK aviation. Over 600 organisations and individuals responded and the Government are currently consulting on their Draft Aviation Policy Framework with the aim of finalising this framework by March 2013.
London Stansted has responded to this draft framework consultation ensuring that its work and aspirations on continuing to mitigate and reduce aircraft noise are reflected.
Night noise consultation
It is anticipated that the UK Government will open a public consultation into night noise towards the end of 2012. London Stansted will actively participate in this consultation.
In recent years, London Stansted has worked proactively with airlines to trial new navigational techniques with the aim of improving the accuracy of departing aircraft track-keeping within the airport’s Noise Preferential Routes (NPRs). As new technology become available to the industry, we will continue to progress such trials with our airlines. We will also continue to lobby the wider industry to make the airspace changes needed that will allow airlines to maximise the benefits such technological advancements offer.
The design of airframes and engines has improved significantly since the first jets started flying. And those first jets have all been phased out and replaced by newer, quieter planes.
Airframe design improvements have focused on reducing the amount of friction and turbulence that occurs as the air passes over an aircraft’s wings and fuselage, which is what causes the noise. For example, today’s Boeing 737s use ‘advanced-technology winglets’ on the end of the wings, which reduce aerodynamic drag and therefore noise.
Airbus also developed a new way of reducing engine fan noise, which is being used in the new A380, and has also developed software which can work out the quietest way to take off or land, based on how much noise a specific plane journey is making on the ground.
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