To achieve the best aircraft safety outcomes for Canberra, Airservices is working towards making Smart Tracking technology permanently available for all suitably equipped aircraft landing at Canberra Airport. Implementation will be designed to maximise noise and emissions benefits. Smart Tracking has been successfully trialled at Canberra since 2006. The trial has been accepted by the community with no evidence of concerns being raised.
All Smart Tracking routes at Canberra are within existing long-standing flight paths.
As part of the evaluation of Smart Tracking at Canberra, Airservices has analysed potential changes in aircraft noise distribution between 2011 and 2020 with and without Smart Tracking being used. The analysis assumes 85% of jets will use Smart Tracking by 2020. The information below includes forecast growth in air traffic to 2020. However, the analysis shows only any difference in the noise impact of aircraft which could be attributed to Smart Tracking.
Approaches to Runway 17 (northern runway)
There are three Smart Tracking routes proposed to be made permanent for approaches to Runway 17.
- Track 1: Arrivals from the north.
- Track 2: Arrivals from the east.
- Track 7: Arrivals from the west.
No residential areas are directly overflown by these tracks. They merge over farmland near Sutton and the final portion of the approach is curved away from communities in Gungahlin and North Canberra as much as possible.
For all three tracks, there will be no measurable increase in aircraft noise attributable to Smart Tracking.
Approaches to Runway 35 (southern runway)
There are four Smart Tracking routes proposed to be made permanent for approaches to Runway 35.
- Track 3: Arrivals from the northeast.
- Track 4: Arrivals from the southeast.
- Track 5: Arrivals to the southwest.
- Track 6: Arrivals from the northwest.
No residential areas are directly overflown by these tracks. They merge over farmland near Hume/Tralee and the final portion of the approach is curved away from communities in Jerrabomberra as much as possible. This is expected to achieve a noticeable noise reduction for Jerrabomberra residents who live closest to the tracks. There will be no no measurable increase in aircraft noise attributable to Smart Tracking.