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New air traffic control procedures: Sydney airport



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M IN IS T E R FOR A V IA T IO N

news release 82/85 9-12-82

NEW AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL PROCEDURES: SYDNEY AIRPORT

(Statement by the Minister for Aviation, the Hon. Wal. Fife, MP)

New Air Traffic Control procedures aimed at

easing congestion and reducing delays at Sydney (Kingsford

Smith) Airport came into operation today.

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The Minister for Aviation, Mr Wal. Fife, said today

the new procedures would go some way towards streamlining

aircraft arrivals and departures and help .reduce delays to

the travelling public over the Christmas-New Year holiday ,

period.

"This will be achieved by introducing procedures .

which make maximum use of runway time and space and

reduce the interaction between aircraft types, landing

areas and flight paths," he said.

"The new procedures are expected to result in

a small but worthwhile reduction in aircraft delays in

heavy traffic periods.

"The operations of international aircraft will

not be affected.

"The new procedures will not only be more

convenient for passengers but offer the potential for

aircraft operators to make some savings in fuel and

operating costs."

Mr Fife said the new procedures would involve

. Use of several departure points, staggered

along each of Sydney's two main runways, for

aircraft of different sizes and destinations.

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This would dispense with the need for one long

queue at the end of each runway and allow aircraft

not requiring the full length of the runway to take off

and land in "slots" not previously available.

o Introduction of simultaneous operations by aircraft

on both runways where independent operations would not

conflict. .

Mr Fife s a i d ^ n additional taxiway, south of the east-

west runway, would come into operation before the end of the

year and an extra rapid exit taxiway for the north-south

runway was planned for next year. ■

These were designed to speed up the movement of general

aviation aircraft.

" The new procedures were formulated in close consult­

ation with all sections of the aviation industry and will

become a regular feature at Sydney Airport if proven in

practice," he said.

" I emphasise that they are not designed to replace the

Government’s commitment to provide a close-spaced parallel

runway at Sydney Airport.

" Until the new runway is completed the new procedures

will provide some immediate relief to the serious congestion

at Sydney Airport."

Mr Fife said the revised procedures in no way changed

the existing noise abatement procedures at the

airport.

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He restated that the curfew at Sydney Airport

would continue to apply and there would be no change

in the curfew unless it were to reduce the noise

experienced by the surrounding community.

Mr Fife pointed out that the Government had .

referred the whole question of aircraft noise to the

House of Representatives Standing Committee on

Environment and Conservation. .

The Committee would be examining Sydney Airport

in detail during the course of its inquiry.

The industry had already been notified of the

changed traffic management procedures in an Aeronautical

Information Circular issued by his Department.

CANBERRA 9 DECEMBER, 1982