Flight paths lead to increase in safety incidents

Flight paths lead to increase in safety incidents

It was revealed in today's Weekend Australian that rather than making air travel to and from Hobart Airport safer, Airservices's new flight paths have led to an increase in safety incidents.

Two post-implementation review reports have detailed serious flaws in the implementation of the paths, with the timing primarily driven by a need to relocate the VOR navigation beacon to accommodate the airport's runway extension - not by safety as Airservices claims.

CACG meeting at Hobart Airport

Local residents attended a meeting of the Hobart Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG) on Tuesday 20th February to hear an update on the flight path review from Airservices Australia representatives.

They provided an update on the review, but little more than we already know from the Terms of Reference, i.e that they are not currently planning to consult with residents until August.

Airservices Terms of Reference for Review published

On 31 January, Airservices quietly published the Terms of Reference for their review of the Hobart SIDs and STARs without informing complainants or the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman.

Apart from a long list of constraints, some of which are repeated twice, the only new information is about how residents will be consulted. The answer is: they won't be - until after the findings and recommendations are completed in August 2018 - 6 months away!