Real-time noise information now available to Gatwick Airport

In a UK-airport first, noise complaints can now be submitted via a mobile app, and airlines will use this information to improve flight performance and reduce noise.

Real-time noise information now available to Gatwick Airport

Gatwick has invested nearly £1 million in new technology that dramatically improves the monitoring of aircraft flights and associated noise; enabling local residents to access data and generate reports on demand. 

In a UK-airport first, the new system – with information updated every second – also allows noise complaints to be submitted via an automated telephone line, a key request from the local community.

Up to 23 new noise monitoring terminals will be introduced in surrounding areas to collect the noise levels, which can then be presented in real time alongside flight information from the airport radar and other airport systems.

This helps improve accessibility to noise information and the airport hopes it will help to improve understanding among local communities by providing one of the most accurate and up-to-date noise and flight data systems.

Airlines can also use the data to analyse how they might improve the performance of their flights in terms of track keeping. 

Tim Norwood, Director of Corporate Affairs, Planning and Sustainability, Gatwick Airport, said: “While many thousands of local people benefit from Gatwick’s jobs, connections and wealth creation, we know that some residents are concerned by the impacts of aircraft noise. The new noise and flight track-keeping system means that residents can more easily and conveniently access information, and generate reports, on aircraft noise in real time. The system is comprehensive, easy to use and based on the latest technology and we very much hope that it helps us to improve our engagement with communities that are negatively impacted by aircraft noise.”

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