From Mike Sparrow – London Oxford Airport – response to a noise complaint
Begbroke and Yarnton and very close to the airport and it approach paths as such aircraft noise and overflight will be experienced. Clearly I cannot comment on the individual you refer to without specific location detail’s and time of the reported overflights. Should this information be provided I can re trace the aircraft in question and if within 56 days extract radar information which will give me aircraft details, track, height and speed information. I would also suggest the person contacts the respective Parish Council, Airport Consultative Committee member or lodge a direct complaint using the airports complaint line.
The airspace is very complex, in fact Oxford Airport is situated in an area designated by the CAA as an Area of Intense Aerial Activity (AIAA) due to the number of military and civilian aerodromes in the area and their resultant traffic. The airport has set procedures for IFR traffic which are followed and we provide radar vectors for aircraft whilst providing traffic information and separation for other traffic in the area in order to provide expeditious routing, minimising track miles flow which in turn reduces noise and emissions. When on runway 01 for arrivals traffic descending from the south will be very close to Yarton as they line up for the final approach to land.
When departing runway 19 to the south many factors are present. In some case due to RAF Brize Norton traffic the routing we normally employ is required to be adjusted and direct runway heading or early turns left of right for departing traffic will be required in order to maintain the required aircraft separation standards. Traffic routing may also be adjusted by London Terminal Control at Swanwick in which case direct communications between the London Centre and Oxford Tower will be undertaken. This is normally due to airways restrictions or traffic inbound to Cranfield, Luton, Stansted or Heathrow or congestion in the airways at the various exit and entry points. The effect and may result in lower flight profiles or non-standard routing in order to manage airspace safety which may result in a direct southerly track which will mean overflight of local areas, this cannot be avoided in these instances. Measures we and NATS have introduced and employed over the past few years have significantly reduced the overflights and noise issues to local villages to the south and north of the airport.
The airport is a training establishment as such student pilots will deviate from track from time to time as they learn and hone their skills. Private flyers all have varying levels of skill but critically fly very safely.
The aerial actively is physical monitored and controlled by radar 7 days a week from 0800-1800, (radar recording is undertaken 24/365) outside this time procedural control is employed by Oxford ATC. All flight procedures are flight checked, approved by the CAA and checked annually for accuracy.
From: London Oxford Airport Consultation [mailto:LondonOxfordAirportConsultation@ospreycsl.co.uk]
Sent: 14 December 2017 16:48
Subject: 20171214 – London Oxford Airport Consultation Notification
London Oxford Airport Consultation
As a stakeholder of London Oxford Airport (LOA), we are writing to inform you of a Public Consultation being held by LOA.
London Oxford Airport intends to invest in new GPS-based arrival procedures and proposes a re-designating of local uncontrolled airspace to controlled airspace, in order to contain and protect these new procedures.
The re-design will enhance levels of safety on the LOA approach and improve efficiency by reducing the number of broken off approaches. The new designs will also enable more effective coordination between LOA and RAF Brize Norton traffic.
We have now drafted our proposal for the new procedures and airspace and wish to consult with the local community, local councils and aviation stakeholders to gather the views of those individuals and organisations who may be affected by these proposed changes.
The consultation period will commence on Friday 15 December 2017 and will finish on 22 March 2018. To see the plans, and find out how you can comment, please visit our webpage at:
Any questions or comments about the proposed changes can be recorded via our website or directed to Osprey Consulting Services Ltd who are managing this process for us. Please email Osprey using the following address:
London Oxford Airport
RAF Brize Norton Consultation for Airspace Change Proposal
As a stakeholder of RAF Brize Norton, we write to inform you that we have today launched our Public Consultation in respect of our proposal to make changes to the airspace arrangements around RAF Brize Norton.
The airspace arrangements to protect the aircraft operating in and out of RAF Brize Norton are no longer fit for purpose. The airspace was first designed many years ago, and since then the fleets have changed, and the regulations regarding the instrument flight procedures and containment have also altered. RAF Brize Norton is also updating the Instrument Flight Procedures by introducing satellite based procedures. The new airspace is required to protect the procedures, which have been designed collaboratively with London Oxford Airport. The aim is to enhance the levels of safety for RAF Brize Norton aircraft, protecting not only the procedures, but by connecting the Airport with the UK Airways network.
We have completed a document outlining what the proposed changes are, and how you can comment on the design. We invite you to visit our website where you can download the document. We would appreciate comments from aviation and non-aviation stakeholders. If you have no comment to make, then we would still love to hear from you.
The consultation period will commence on Friday 15 December 2017 and will finish on 22 March 2018. To see the plans, and to find out how you can comment, please visit our webpage at:
Should you have any questions or comments about the proposed changes, please use the following email address that will be monitored by Osprey Consulting Services Ltd, who are managing this process for us.
The RAF Brize Norton Airspace Change Consultation Team