Gatwick has invested nearly £1 million in new technology to improve the monitoring of aircraft flights and associated noise.
The investment allows for information to be updated every second so that UK residents can access data and generate reports on demand.
This system, provided by engineering company EMS Brüel & Kjær, also allows noise complaints to be submitted via an automated telephone line that was requested from the local community.
Up to twenty-three noise monitoring terminals will be introduced to collect noise levels, which can then be presented in real time alongside flight information from the airport radar and other systems.
Accessibility to noise information will be improved through this technology, and the airport hopes it will also help to improve the local communities’ understanding by providing an accurate and up to date noise and flight data system.
Airlines are also able to use the data to analyse track keeping and noise to see how they might improve the performance of their flights.
The new system makes aircraft noise information easier to access and understand through a new website – expected to be available in the next few months – that can be customised to show information on flights and noise relevant to a resident’s local area.
Tim Norwood, director of corporate affairs, planning and sustainability at Gatwick Airport, said:
“While many thousands of local people benefit from Gatwick’s jobs, connections and wealth creation, we know that some residents are concerned by the impacts of aircraft noise.
“The new noise and flight track keeping system means that residents can more easily and conveniently access information, and generate reports, on aircraft noise in real time.
“The system is comprehensive, easy to use and based on the latest technology, and we very much hope that it also helps us to improve our engagement with communities that are negatively impacted by aircraft noise.”