GTAA & NAV Canada holding Community Consultations on Noise Mitigation Ideas
There has been quite a large volume of reports and recommendations that have recently been put out about the ongoing airplane noise issue from Pearson Airport. Helios has completed their airspace review, the GTAA has released their Noise Management Action Plan and their best practices study. One of the reports that have come back for public consultation is the ongoing review of the ‘six ideas’ presented by GTAA and NAV Canada, now that they have exited their period of technical analysis.
NAV CANADA and the GTAA are hosting a Community Consultation in the Oakville area March 7th. These public consultations are aimed at proposals that are hoping to reduce noise impacts for residents around the Greater Toronto Area. The proposals include: new flight paths for overnight flights, changes to the preferential runway system and a summer weekend runway alternation program.
Date: March 7
St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre
1280 Dundas St W
Visit https://www.torontopearson.com/conversations/# to register.
If you’re not able to attend, you will still have the opportunity to give feedback on the Toronto Pearson Website. Further information on the Noise Mitigation Initiatives Engagement Plan can be found below.
Further to the ongoing public consultations that my staff and I have been attending, I have been corresponding with the Honourable Marc Garneau – the Minister of Transportation and his officials since taking office and I applaud the recent letter that the Minister sent to Air Canada’s President and CEO which urges Air Canada to retrofit its A320 fleet of aircraft to reduce noise at and around Toronto’s Pearson Airport. The A320 aircraft produces a “whistling noise” on approach, caused by the flow of air over the Fuel Over-Pressure Protector (FOPP) cavities under the wings. According to Minister Garneau, a FOPP air-flow deflector retrofit is available from the manufacturer which would greatly reduce or alleviate this noise entirely.
As part of its Noise Management Action Plan, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) introduced a “Quieter Fleet Incentive Program” that rewards airlines that retrofit their A320 fleet by 2020. Because the vast majority of A320 flights in Canada are flown by Air Canada, Minister Garneau wrote directly to Air Canada requesting the airline commit to developing a program to accelerate the retrofitting of the A320 aircraft family. Such a retrofit can easily be integrated into the existing maintenance schedule of the aircraft at an affordable cost and would have a tangible positive impact on noise, with potential reductions of five to eleven decibels for A320 aircrafts.
Helios, a company contracted by NAV Canada to conduct a third-party review of Toronto airspace, held a number of public meetings in Oakville over the past year to engage residents in finding a solution to airplane noise. In response to complaints about excessive airplane noise in GTA neighborhoods, Pearson Airport installed noise monitoring terminals in various communities, including north Oakville. Oakville’s noise monitoring terminal is live at Glenashton Park and residents can track its live feed on WebTrack at www.torontopearson.com/webtrak. The A320 retrofit was a major recommendation in the Helios airspace review and the GTAA noise management plan. I am pleased to see the recommendations made by Helios and the GTAA noise management plan seconded by Minister Garneau.
My office and I will continue to work with other local members of all levels of government, GTAA, NAV Canada, and a number of community organizations and individuals who have continued to advocate on this issue. I applaud the GTAA & NAV Canada for holding further public consultations and look forward to seeing many of the presented recommendations be put in to place to benefit all constituents around Toronto Pearson Airport.