Pilot Training and Aircraft Noise

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Consultation has concluded

Council is inviting feedback from the community, including residents and local aircraft operators, on pilot training activities at Port Macquarie Airport and opportunities to minimise the impact of aircraft noise in the vicinity of the Airport.

Port Macquarie Airport is owned and operated by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

The Airport caters for a range of aviation activities, including domestic airline services and general aviation. The Airport is the fifth largest regional airport in NSW (by passengers) with approximately 220,000 passenger movements (arrivals / departures) per year.

General aviation activities at the Airport include pilot training, aircraft maintenance and repair work, freight and charter operations, emergency aero medical (patient transfer), search and rescue and bushfire fighting services (both fixed wing and helicopters), joy / adventure flights, private and recreational flying, and skydiving.

The Airport currently handles around 50,000 aircraft movements per year (or around 70 take-offs and landings per day, averaged across 365 days). This number has grown significantly over the past 10 years, primarily associated with an increasing demand for and expansion of pilot training activities.

Council acknowledges the importance of maintaining a vibrant and sustainable general aviation sector at the Airport and aims to foster aviation related business activities that have the potential to provide significant employment and economic benefits to our region.

Council in its role as the Airport Operator is also mindful of the impact of aircraft noise on residents living near the Airport, noting that aircraft noise is an unavoidable consequence of aviation activity. The increase in pilot training activities has resulted in an increase in complaints regarding aircraft noise, leading Council to develop a set of local operating guidelines in conjunction with local aircraft operators, to minimise the impact of aircraft noise on nearby residents.

To provide feedback, complete the survey below.

Feedback may also be provided in writing via email at council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au or by mail to PO Box 84, Port Macquarie NSW 2444.

Submissions close 5pm, Friday 31 July 2020.

Council is inviting feedback from the community, including residents and local aircraft operators, on pilot training activities at Port Macquarie Airport and opportunities to minimise the impact of aircraft noise in the vicinity of the Airport.

Port Macquarie Airport is owned and operated by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

The Airport caters for a range of aviation activities, including domestic airline services and general aviation. The Airport is the fifth largest regional airport in NSW (by passengers) with approximately 220,000 passenger movements (arrivals / departures) per year.

General aviation activities at the Airport include pilot training, aircraft maintenance and repair work, freight and charter operations, emergency aero medical (patient transfer), search and rescue and bushfire fighting services (both fixed wing and helicopters), joy / adventure flights, private and recreational flying, and skydiving.

The Airport currently handles around 50,000 aircraft movements per year (or around 70 take-offs and landings per day, averaged across 365 days). This number has grown significantly over the past 10 years, primarily associated with an increasing demand for and expansion of pilot training activities.

Council acknowledges the importance of maintaining a vibrant and sustainable general aviation sector at the Airport and aims to foster aviation related business activities that have the potential to provide significant employment and economic benefits to our region.

Council in its role as the Airport Operator is also mindful of the impact of aircraft noise on residents living near the Airport, noting that aircraft noise is an unavoidable consequence of aviation activity. The increase in pilot training activities has resulted in an increase in complaints regarding aircraft noise, leading Council to develop a set of local operating guidelines in conjunction with local aircraft operators, to minimise the impact of aircraft noise on nearby residents.

To provide feedback, complete the survey below.

Feedback may also be provided in writing via email at council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au or by mail to PO Box 84, Port Macquarie NSW 2444.

Submissions close 5pm, Friday 31 July 2020.