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By Plane Wrong, Oct 27 2018 10:46AM

Gatwick Airport have always maintained they are ‘good neighbours’ but it is becoming increasingly clear that as a commercial enterprise Gatwick have their own agenda and are single minded about achieving their growth and bottom line profit. Gatwick have been reporting that route 4, the busiest departure route out of the airport, has significantly improved its track-keeping throughout 2018. The experiences of local supporters of campaign group, Plane Wrong, have suggested the contrary.



Plane Wrong chair, Mike Ward, on analysing the data provided by Gatwick chiefs, identified a huge flaw in the reporting. In a letter to Gatwick he states the following, ‘I have finally answered my own question as to why the Route 4 performance figures are looking so much better than previously. The answer is simple. They are wrong.


It has now come to light that from January 2018 Gatwick has mis-calculated the percentage of aircraft flying outside the designated route. They have now admitted that instead of the 1-2% claimed and published on their website, the actual level of non-compliance was up to 8%.


This brings to light a broader question, the fact that such a basic error has gone undetected for eight months speaks volumes about the inadequacy of Gatwick’s controls and the low priority Gatwick apparently give to providing the public with reliable information. Not only is this a failing of Gatwick, the noise and track-keeping monitoring group, NATMAG, also failed to pick this up.

This demonstrates a business that has total disregard for local communities and the effect of air traffic growth on local surroundings, environment and noise pollution. The increase in volume of passengers departing from Gatwick in the past 4 years has grown in the region of 25% without consultation or taking into account the impact on local communities, health and well-being.


National media report that Gatwick are working on a ‘stealth’ second runway, which they have carefully kept under wraps. If Gatwick cannot keep control of their aircraft on just one route currently, how can communities trust them to run one of the largest airports in the south east?



By Plane Wrong, Oct 26 2018 02:12PM

Gatwick have gone out to consultation with proposals to dramatically increase the volume of aircraft movements including the use of thier emergency runway.


Their are no committments to reduce noise to communiites and we are concerned about the inpact of expansion on local infrastructure.


More infromation about the proposals can be found here. We urge you to respond to Gatwick's consultation which closes at 5pm on the 10th January 2019.

By Plane Wrong, May 31 2017 09:00AM

Now that the CAA has completed its report on Route 4 and approved the route subject to further work by Gatwick on the matters mentioned in our last newsletter, the airspace change process begun back in 2012 has been completed. However, we at Plane Wrong are well aware that many people are still suffering more from Route 3 or Route 4 than they used to before the changes that happened in 2014. And in some cases from both routes.


The CAA may have closed their files but we most definitely haven't!


Our next step is to review the remaining issues and for this we need your help. We want to update our understanding of the impacts of Routes 3 and 4 by asking you. Please complete our brief survey as soon as possible and no later than 18 June.


Once we have analysed the responses, we will revise our strategy and pursue it through the Noise Management Board and any other avenues that are available.


Thanks for your help



Mike Ward

Chair

PLANEWRONG


PS It's really important that we understand what impact the Routes are having and where. So your experience matters. Please complete the survey now.

By Plane Wrong, Apr 26 2017 09:00AM

The CAA has now issued its report on the changes to Route 4.


The decision is to approve the route and finally close the Airspace Change Process that began back in 2012.


In coming to its decision, the CAA has obtained a number of undertakings from Gatwick to investigate various things. These include:


- the possibility of raising the height of both Routes 3 & 4 by 1,000 ft,

- a second route parallel to the current route along the easterly portion, i.e. after the bend, that would be alternated in some way with the current route,

- contacting airlines that are flying outside the noise monitoring swathe of the NPR with a view to getting them to adjust their operating procedures to improve performance round the turn.

- the possibility of putting some Route 4 traffic onto other routes.

These are areas for consideration by Gatwick. With the exception of the third bullet, they may not lead to any change as they will need to be fully explored and consulted on if change is to be proposed. They are also complex and Plane Wrong wishes to understand them better. Hence we have raised a number of queries with the CAA for clarification before commenting further.


We will also be reviewing our strategy for both Routes in the light of these developments. In order to do so we will be creating a log of all the Gatwick issues that we believe any solution should address. Please feel free to let us know (by replying to this email) if there is a particular issue that you think we might not have captured. It would be helpful if you can be as specific as possible i.e. which Route causes it, when did it start, what locations roughly are affected, why you believe it is unfair and needs to be changed.


Thanks for your ongoing support and please keep complaining to Gatwick about planes that disturb you.


Best wishes,


Mike Ward

Chair

PLANEWRONG

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