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Neighbourhood Table – Monthly Update April 2022
Recap of April 6th, 2022 Neighbourhood Table meeting:
For more information about what was shared for each of the sections, you can view the full presentation on our website.
Trends in Operations and Complaints
- Flight traffic and complaints continue to increase in response to the easing of travel restrictions
- (See monthly and quarterly reports on InsightFull for updated data)
- At the December meeting a member inquired as to whether the use of single runway operations throughout the pandemic led to an increase in missed approaches. Below is a summary of the response provided at the April meeting.
- Three years of missed approach data was analyzed to determine whether the use of single runway operations versus dual or triple runway operations affected the rate of missed approaches
- The data shows that there was no material difference in the rate of missed approaches under single runway configurations versus dual or triple runway configurations.
- Provided an update on the RNP-AR consultations and next steps
- Discussion related to Continuous Descent Operations
- Update on Community Proposal Review Process submission and other initiatives
· Temporary Closure of Runway 06L/24R – update provided
· Changes to Engine Run Procedure
- Approval will now be granted for aircraft not scheduled for a departure flight prior to 1200L during the
- restricted hours, if identifies as a spare/ back up aircraft to support the operations.
- All other aircraft remain subject to the 12:00pm departure requirement
- Analyzed Toronto Pearson’s fleet by Noise Chapter distribution for 2019-202. Findings showed a significant percentual decrease in overall use of Chapter 3 aircraft in favour of Chapter 4 or higher (Chapter 3 : 32 % of operation in 2019, 29% in 2020 and 19% in 2021 operations in 2019, 29% in 2020 and 19% in 2021)
- Review of community feedback, operational analysis, and next steps toward application submission to Transport Canada to formalize the updated preferential runway system
- Looking to organize a working group consisting of Neighbourhood Table members in preparation for recruitment of additional members
- Please advise if interested in participating
Other Noise Management Forum meetings
- We also held the Noise Accountability Board meeting on March 29th, political briefing for Elected Officials on April 5th and our public meeting on April 7th. Relevant meeting materials can be found here.
- Stay up to date on upcoming airfield maintenance and airport activities that could have an impact on normal airport traffic operations and noise impacts on the community. Check out our Noise Advisory webpage here.
Did you know?
- Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs) are used to transition arriving aircraft from en-route to final approach. STARs are a set of arrival procedures that are also mapped out by waypoints in the sky to help flight crews align with the final approach procedure. The existence of a published STAR does not mean it’s the only route an aircraft will follow. Air traffic controllers may direct flight crews to operate off the STAR for reasons related to safety and/or efficiency.
In order to ensure safe separation between aircraft and optimize capacity, Air Traffic Controllers sequence aircraft in a pattern that flies them past the airport and turns them around to join final approach when it’s their turn to land – the resulting shape resembles a trombone. We talk about the different parts of the trombone shape in the following way:
- o The Downwind is when aircraft fly past the airport in the opposite direction of, but parallel to the landing runway
- o The Base Leg is when the aircraft is turning at a right angle from the downwind to line up with the airport and the landing runway
- o Final Approach is when the aircraft is in line with the runway and getting ready to touch down.
Member Recruitment Working Group
As mentioned at the April meeting, we would like to form a working group comprised of current Neighbourhood Table members to develop and implement a membership recruitment approach.
The expected time commitment is one meeting to set an approach. Depending on the group’s plan, additional time may be required for assessing membership applications.
If interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before May 15th,
Toronto, Ontario – April 25
Toronto Pearson Airport Begins Construction of Second Congested Runway for Repairs
Toronto Pearson International Airport landed on one of the busiest runways on Monday for at least the next eight months for complete repairs and rehab.
Toronto Pearson hosts ground-breaking ceremony for Runway 06L/24R
This morning, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority’s (GTAA) President and CEO, Deborah Flint, welcomed The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Canada’s Minister of Transport, to Toronto Pearson for a ground-breaking ceremony.
Mississauga, Ontario – April 26
Huge runway project at Pearson Airport in Mississauga will reduce carbon footprint
One of the biggest runway rehabilitation projects in the history of Pearson Airport in Mississauga is also expected to help the airport reduce its carbon footprint.
Toronto, Ontario – April 20
Traffic noise linked to higher risk of heart attack, study says
People who live in neighbourhoods with constant traffic noise are at a higher risk of hospitalization for heart attacks compared with those who live in quieter areas, according to a recently published population-based study out of Rutgers University.
Toronto, Ontario – April 22
PortsToronto releases Seventh Annual Sustainability Report
To mark Earth Day, Toronto is proud today to present its seventh annual Sustainability Report. Keeping the score, Toronto has detailed its contributions toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in a comprehensive chart located in the report's appendix.
Canada draws 1 million travelers in one week for first time since pandemic
Canada attracted more than one million travelers in a week for the first time since the pandemic, government data showed on Friday.
Montreal, Quebec – April 25
Aviation Invests Funds, Technology in SAF Initiatives
A process developed by biofuel developer Enerkem to convert forest biomass into SAF has won a Canadian government competition to develop a fuel that can be produced domestically at costs competitive with fossil fuel.
Manchester, New Hampshire – April 19
Electric-Powered plane touches down
A white plane with upturned wings looped over the Connecticut River before it touched down with a whisper at the Lebanon Municipal Airport on Friday.
Washington, DC – April 20
NASA’s X-59 Aircraft, which may allow commercial supersonic flight, passes crucial tests
Lockheed Martin and NASA’s answer to the ever-prevalent sonic boom issues, a new supersonic plane design called the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology aircraft, has returned home after months of ground tests, and the outlook is positive.
New Haven, Connecticut – April 21
New Haven airport plans spur call for greater environmental review
Save the Sound has asked the FAA’s New England Region administrator to require a full Environmental Impact Statement. Under the proposed expansion, Tweed’s longtime operator, Avports LLC, would spend its own money.
East Hampton, New York – April 22
Helicopters to East Hampton Cost 30% more after new airport rule as a result of noise complaints
Blade Air Mobility Inc. expects 60% of its typical volume to be diverted to neighboring towns of Montauk, Southampton and Sag Harbor, according to the New York-based company.
Scottsdale, Arizona – April 25
Airport noise, city silence riles Scottsdale man
City officials like to brand that Scottsdale has the fourth busiest airport in the world of business departures. WingX, which tracks business aviation flight activity globally, shows Scottsdale Airport just below Palm Beach International, Teterboro and Miami-Opa Locka executive airports through Feb. 14, outshining 2021 numbers by 39 percent,” the airport’s web site boasts.
Baltimore, Maryland – April 26
BWI Roundtable continues to work toward solution for airplane noise after General Assembly study bill fails. Despite overwhelming support from the DC Metroplex BWI Community Roundtable, a state bill designed to create a commission to study the health effects of the airport on the surrounding community failed to pass the General Assembly during this year’s session.
Madison, Wisconsin – April 26
Dane County Launches Airport Noise Study; First Update in 30 years to Account For F-35 Jets
With a fleet of new fighter jets expected to arrive next year, Dane County officials have begun updating a 30-year-old plan for limiting noise pollution around Madison’s airport and Air National Guard facility.
Naples, Florida – April 27
Facing Noise Issues, Naples Stops Late-Night Fueling
To address its growing overnight noise concerns, Florida’s Naples Municipal Airport will implement a new policy beginning May 1 to stop aircraft fueling operations on the field between 09:30 pm and 06:30 am.
Brisbane, Australia – April 4
Brisbane flight paths to be redirected to combat suburban noise complaints
The decision to recalibrate the flight paths comes after a report commissioned by Airservices Australia contained close to 50 recommendations to decrease flight noise in suburban areas.
Dublin, Ireland – April 19
Dublin Airport ‘receives more than 12,000 noise complaints in a year from a single person’
It meant that one person was behind nine out of 10 of all aircraft noise complaints, lodging the complaints at an average rate of 34 per day last year. Before 2019, the DAA was receiving about 1,500 noise complaints about the airport a year.
Melbourne, Australia – April 27
Council’s voice on Melbourne Airport future plans
Calls for Melbourne Airport to continue to provide and explore innovative noise and health measures to minimize and mitigate aircraft noise. The council’s submission, which was endorsed at its meeting last night, notes that while it is unfortunate that many parts of the Hume community are impacted by aircraft noise.
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