01:50PM, Monday 10 August 2015
Heathrow Airport has today announced it is planning to trial a steeper descent for landing aircraft in order to improve noise levels around the airport.
The international standard approach for most airports in the world is three degrees and Heathrow believes a steeper angle would lead to quieter approaches.
Starting on September 14, the airport will begin trialling a slightly steeper approach angle of 3.2 degrees.
Approved by the Civil Aviation Authority, the trial is expected to run until March 16 and a number of airlines are expected to take part in the optional trial.
A similar trial was held at Frankfurt airport which resulted in a reduction in noise for people living nearby.
Matt Gorman, Heathrow’s director of sustainability and environment, said: “Heathrow has changed and taken a new approach to addressing our impacts on communities, including when it comes to noise.
“Our blueprint to cut aircraft noise have been driven by feedback from local communities.”
“Steeper approaches are just one step in the right direction, and along with other quieter operating procedures and incentives to bring quieter aircraft into operation, will ensure fewer people are affected by noise, even with an expanded airport.”
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