Stansted Airport in London is seeking views and suggestions from local communities on its new take-off procedure, as part of its efforts to reduce aircraft noise.
A 12-week public consultation, which will conclude on 27 November, has been initiated by the airport.
The new take-off procedure has been designed to minimise the effects of aircraft noise for nearly 4,000 people living near the airport.
The proposed concept involves use of global positioning system (GPS) technology and is expected to facilitate the aircraft with accurate flight paths when taking off from the airport.
A trial conducted on two existing departure routes of the airport, Clacton 22 and Detling 04 routes, has revealed that 85% fewer people are directly overflown by aircraft using Performance Based Navigation (PBN).
Stansted Airport managing director Andrew Harrison said: "It is by working together that we can achieve the best results, and we all look forward to hearing the feedback from the community about this innovative project which demonstrates significant and positive improvements for local residents around the airport."
STACC chairman of the environmental issues group (EIG) Keith Artus said: "The EIG works in tandem with the airport on all environmental matters, which includes working on initiatives to improve the effects of aircraft noise on the communities that surround the airport.
"We feel the noise and environmental benefits from this project are considerable and urge our local communities to look at the achievements and facts provided in the consultation materials and make their responses accordingly."
The airport has been working on the proposal for over two years in consultation with its committee, the Stansted Airport Consultative Committee (STACC), comprising of easyJet and air traffic provider NATS.
After incorporating the suggestions collected from the public consultation, a final proposal will be submitted to the Civil Aviation Authority for approval.
Image: Proposed flight path heat maps before and after noise reduction. Photo: courtesy of The Manchester Airports Group plc.