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Smart Tracking has been successfully operating at Brisbane Airport since 2007. Airservices is updating Smart Tracking procedures to enable a wider range of aircraft to use Smart Tracking at Brisbane Airport.

This also requires reviewing and updating the flight paths that aircraft use when landing at Brisbane Airport using Smart Tracking procedures. The updated flight paths can be used by all suitably equipped aircraft arriving on to Runway 19 (arrivals over water to land at the northern end of the main runway) and Runway 01 (arrivals over the city to land at the southern end of the main runway).

Runway 19 (arrivals over the water to land at the northern end of the main runway)

The updated flight paths closely replicate the existing flight paths, with minor changes occurring over water. The updated flight path from the north moves the flight path very slightly to the west, and the updated flight path from the south has a slightly wider turn radius as shown on the map below.

Current and updated flight paths

Above: Current Smart Tracking flight paths (dashed blue outline) and updated Smart Tracking flight paths (from 26 May 2016) (yellow).

Runway 01 (arrivals over the city to land at the southern end of the main runway)

The updated flight path from the south replicates the existing flight path. The updated flight path from the north also closely replicates the existing flight path, however it has a slightly wider turn radius before crossing the Brisbane River in the Bulimba area as shown in the map below.

Map of Smart Tracking flight paths in Brisbane.

Above: Smart Tracking flight paths pre 17 September 2015 are shown with a blue dotted line, updated Smart Tracking flight paths (from 17 September 2015) are shown in yellow.

When will the changes happen?

Flight paths for Runway 19 will be available for suitably equipped operators from 26 May 2016. Runway 01 flight paths were made available on 17 September 2015.

How much will Smart Tracking be used?

Runway 19 – the flight path from the north is expected to be used on average between five to 15 flights a day.  The flight path from the south is expected to be used on average between 15 to 25 flights a day.

Runway 01 – the flight path from the north is expected to be used on average for six flights a day. The flight path from the south is expected to be used on average between two and eight flights a day.

Will there be more aircraft noise?

Runway 19 – as the updated flight paths closely replicate the currently flight paths with minor changes occurring over water, it is not expected there will be any change to aircraft noise. Some residents in the Queens Beach area on the eastern side of the suburb of Scarborough may visually notice a change in aircraft tracking.

Runway 01 – the updated flight path from the south replicates the current flight path, so the maximum noise level from each single flight will remain the same.

Although the flight path from the north will be a small distance closer to the Bulimba area (200-300 metres), aircraft using it will continue to be mostly within the existing flight path corridor. Our analysis modelled the Boeing 737-800 aircraft type, as it is currently the aircraft type using this flight path most frequently. The maximum noise level from a single flight over the Bulimba area is estimated to be between 68 and 74 decibels (dBA) (which is equivalent to the noise level of a passenger car travelling at 60 kilometres an hour at a distance of seven metres) and the expected change in maximum noise level for a single flight ranges up to +8 dBA.

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