Gatwick Obviously

e-newsletter No.76

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The Fly by Night Consultation


We have now nearly finished our full analysis of what looks like a truly woeful and rushed Night Flight Consultation issued by the DfT recently.

For example, in clause 1.38 it states that just 4,300 people are in the "main affected group" for Gatwick referred to in the Impact Assessment of the 48dBA LAeq.
Or, in plain English, they are trying to suggest that only those in a very tight 'contour' around Gatwick are affected by night noise - while at the same time using the widely ridiculed 'LAeq' average measurement that the industry so loves.
So if you get woken up 10 times in the night by noisy aircraft, that's fine because all the less noisy bits in-between 'average out' the actual noise levels.
What a total nonsense.

We intend to have very clear, straightforward guidance for how to respond early in February. Please watch this space (and keep an eye on your spam for these newsletters - it's an increasing problem).
The Consultation deadline is 28th February so we have plenty of time to get it right. We are liaising with groups at all airports around London in our response.

Noise Management Board – Open Meeting

If you are registered to attend, I look forward to seeing you there and am very happy to stay on after 1.00pm to discuss all things flight-path on a 1:1 basis.


Martin Barraud
Gatwick Obviously Not


31st January 2017

09:30 Registration
10:00 Opening of NMB/4

Agenda item 1: History of the Independent Arrivals Review, Action Plan and introduction to the NMB

Bo Redeborn, Independent Chairman NMB

10:15 Agenda item 2: Progress Report Arrivals Review Recommendations

GAL Representatives and NMB Members - Action Plan update

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 Agenda item 3: Continuous Improvement - Future Work Plan 2017–2018

Bo Redeborn

An overview of the expected focus of further work by the NMB, beyond the initial recommendations of the Arrivals Review

12:00 Agenda item 4: Noise Management Board Panel,

Moderator: Bo Redeborn

Members of the audience will have the opportunity to seek clarifications from, and to pose questions to, Noise Management Board Members

13:00 Close of NMB/4

The Agenda on-line here:–community/new-sub-category-landing-pages/aircraft-noise–airspace/nmb/nmb–4-wp–1—final-agenda–31jan2017.pdf


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