Curfew Information for Essendon Airport
Proposed amendments to the Air Navigation (Essendon Airport) Regulations 2001
Public consultation paper
Current regulatory environment and the issues which the proposed amendments set out to address
PDF: 303 KB
The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (the Department) is seeking comments through public consultation on proposed amendments to the Air Navigation (Essendon Airport) Regulations 2001 (the Regulations) which are intended to facilitate aircraft movements at Essendon Airport while protecting community amenity.
The Department is seeking comments on three potential amendments to the Regulations:
- Lifting the permitted weight limit for jet aircraft from 45,000kgs to 55,000kgs for operators during non-curfew hours.
The largest jets in operation when curfew restrictions were introduced at Essendon Airport were around 40,000kgs maximum take-off weight (MTOW). Modern jets (for business aviation and regional passengers) are now larger, on average, between 48-53,000kgs MTOW and have greater range, enhanced fuel efficiency and improved noise profiles, that are similar or lower than those of older jet aircraft, due to newer engine technology and advanced navigation systems.
- Removing the ability of non-emergency helicopters and propeller driven aircraft to operate during the curfew
Non-emergency movements subject the community to additional aircraft noise during the curfew period above that which is permitted at other curfew airports. While noting that there is very little demand for non-emergency helicopter and propeller-driven movements during the curfew, non-emergency movements have contributed to the generation of noise complaints including a number of services, which have been investigated by the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman.
- Allowing jet aircraft, which meet strict noise criteria to land during the curfew period.
Jet aircraft landing during the curfew at Sydney, Adelaide and Gold Coast Airports must be less than 34,000kgs MTOW and have a noise level of not greater than 95 decibels on landing. It is proposed at Essendon Airport that only aircraft with a noise level not greater than 90 decibels be permitted to land during the curfew.
A paper outlining the current regulatory environment and the issues which the proposed amendments set out to address PDF: 303 KB is available.
The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (the Department) will be accepting submissions until 24 October 2017. Submissions can also be made directly to your Federal, State or Local Member who can raise these submissions through the Essendon Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group. Submissions can be made electronically to email@example.com or in writing to:
Aviation Environment Branch
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
GPO Box 594
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Your submission, including any personal information supplied, is being collected by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for the purpose of gathering stakeholder feedback, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act). The Department will consider your submission in finalizing proposed amendments to the Air Navigation (Essendon Airport) Regulations 2001.
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