…When it comes to East Midlands Airport.
Where I live, I am `not too far away from East Midlands Airport (EMA), which is also used by a courier company from midnight untill 6am. The problem we have is planes leaving a specific flight tunnel way too early, yet, acording to ‘the rules’, they’re allowed to leave this ‘tunnel’ if they’re above 6,000 feet and the National Air Control tells them to.
One thing which is not taken into consideration is noise. At night, when it’s dark, noise travels further.
This is a map of the flight paths which the planes take upon leaving the runway.Notice how my location is OUTSIDE the flightpath. Yet, acording to correspondence from EMA, air traffic is allowed to exit early. It seems that the higher up the aircraft are, the wider the flight tunnel is.
They are, however, restricted as to the type of aircraft which can use the airport after 11pm. If an aircraft leaves and the noise level is above the set level, they are hit with a fine, which does not happen unless under exceptional circumstances, such as humanitarian aid, which is to incentivise the use of quiet aircraft. Yet, as I mentioned earlier, I doubt they take into consideration the fact that noise travels further at night.
In the above picture, there are a number of flight paths, which the closes one is 2,564ft, where the edge of the flight path near where I live is 2,500ft which is 0.47 of a mile. The next one shows amy flights going outside the flight tunnel, where they’re above the ‘floor’ of 5,000ft
As the picture shows, there were a number of flights which came outside the flight tunnel and they were above the minimum height of 6,000 ft, there are a number of reasons which they are instructed by Air Traffic Control, such as the type of weather ahead of the aircraft along the flight tunnel, or another aircraft on approach to EMA.
So… What’s the point in making a complaint if the’re allowed to fly so close to us at what seems a reasonably high altitude, yet at night, it seems much lower due to the level of noise the engine makes. So, even aircraft which may still be within the flight tunnel and at the allowed ‘floor’ of 5,000ft seem even closed due to noise travelling further at night.
…If only I had an anti-aircraft battery!