Update on the Noise Situation
(March 3 2019)
A great deal has been happening over the past few months. New night arrival and departure procedures were introduced in early November and new continuous descent procedures were introduced at the end of February which all means that the traffic is higher for longer and level for less time than previously. Whilst, during the introductory period there will not be one hundred per cent compliance for various reasons, you will have been able to notice the effects, particularly if you look at WebTrak. There are obviously quirks in the application and use of the new procedures and these are being identified and addressed. The Arrivals Manager, which helps in spacing the traffic at an early stage before arrival in the terminal area, is also still under development. As I have been stressing in the past all this development work, introduction and compliance takes a long time but great progress is being made.
Industry Noise Management Board (INMB)
A report on the activities of the INMB can be found on the record of the CENAC Meeting of 6th December 2018. This shows very satisfactory progress in the implementation of several of the recommendations of the HELIOS Report and is another ongoing situation.
You can find an Air Canada letter responding to questions asked by the GTAA in the record of the CENAC meeting of 20th September 2018. Air Canada provides no information of any use in this letter and at the same time manages to pat itself on the back for having been nominated “Eco-Airline of the Year” in the Air Transport World 2018 Annual Airline Achievement Awards. This is an absolute travesty, as anyone in the Greater Toronto Ares will attest, whilst Air Canada continues to make a great deal of unnecessary noise without, apparently, recognizing that there is a problem. The letter makes a good lesson in obfuscation. Further information obtained from the Minister’s Office, 28th February 2019, indicates that Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge operate one hundred and one A320 aircraft and that as of February only eleven have been modified. It is expected that the GTAA will levy additional fees for every landing of unmodified aircraft after the end of this year. It is to be hoped that the amount proposed will be enough to promote rapid action on the modification of these aircraft.
I am happy to report, this last apart, that we have a very positive situation.
THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMMUNITIES
A committee of the Federal Government was convened for the purpose of
ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF AIRCRAFT NOISE IN THE VICINITY OF MAJOR CANADIAN AIRPORTS
The news release for the report compiled is as follows
Ottawa, March 19, 2019 -
Today, the Honourable Judy A. Sgro, Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, presented a report entitled Assessing the Impact of Aircraft Noise in the Vicinity of Major Canadian Airports.
As part of its study, the Committee received 36 briefs and heard from 43 witnesses, including representatives from communities affected by aircraft noise, government, industry and academia. The Committee’s study examined the impact of aircraft noise on people living near major airports and how this noise is measured, monitored and handled by airports and other entities.
The report contains 16 recommendations to the federal government that would reduce the impact of aircraft noise on communities while ensuring the safety and efficiency of Canada’s air transportation system.
The report may be viewed using this link. It is worth a read as the recommendations would assist in noise mitigation.
The response from the Minister of Transport Marc Garneau can be viewed at Government Response. The response is less than encouraging.