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Biggin Hill airport to halve aircraft noise

PUBLISHED: 11:59 02 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:59 02 February 2015

Biggin Hill Airport

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No-low-fly zones and discounts for silencers

Biggin Hill airport is bringing in a number of measures to reduce aircraft noise.

The airport is introducing no-low-fly zones for light aircraft over Biggin Hill, Downe, Keston, Farnborough, Hayes and Orpington, and banning circuit training by light aircraft after 5pm at weekends and on bank holidays during British Summer Time.

Landing aircraft are being asked to use only idle power at reverse thrust unless it is operationally essential to do otherwise, and there will be discounts on landing fees for aircraft owners who fit exhaust silencers.

The airport is also setting up a Safety and Noise Review Board to review all complaints about noise and penalise pilots who do not observe restrictions.

The airport is planning to try to attract more business, so is bringing in a two-year programme of noise reduction measures, particularly for light aircraft, which people have expressed concerns about.

These initial measures are the first steps and will start on Wednesday, April 1.

The airport’s managing director, Will Curtis, said: “We have a comprehensive plan to reduce noise by 50 per cent. I live in Biggin Hill so I understand the importance of this.

“These measures are the ones that can be introduced relatively quickly. Our longer term plan also includes new noise monitoring equipment and noise enforcement measures, as well as new approach procedures keeping planes higher for longer, but these need significant investment and approval by the aviation authorities.”

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