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Master Plan Noise Overview

25 September 2009

Sydney Metro Airport Camden Preliminary Draft Master Plan & Airport Environment Strategy – Noise


Camden Airport has prepared and placed on public exhibition Preliminary Draft Master Plan (PDMP) and Preliminary Draft Airport Environment Strategy (PDAES) documents. Importantly, the documents retain the fundamental concepts of the 2004/05 Master Plan (MP)

Camden Airport is the State’s premier sport and recreation Airport with a wide variety of aviation operations from flight training, recreational aircraft such as gliders and hot-air balloons, charter operations, rotary wing operators, maintenance, and emergency services operations.   The type of aviation activity on the Airport is not forecast to change over the next 20 years, remaining a Code 2B Airport.

The number of flights on Camden Airport is forecast to grow an average of 3.3% (compound annual growth rate) per year over the next 20 years.

The PDMP shows a change in the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) diagram contours around the Airport. The ANEF diagrams are forecasts of the expected level of aviation activity in the year 2030.
The changes in the ANEF reflect:
  • The growth in aviation traffic at Camden Airport arising from growth in the General Aviation industry. The ANEF current approved Master Plan was based on a traffic forecast of 136,000 aircraft movements in 2025, rather than the 145,647 aircraft movements used for the 2029/30 ANEF. Current annual movements at Camden Airport in 2008 were  approximately 62,000 movements
  • The modelling used include the use of more realistic forecasts for traffic and aircraft type
  • More accurate modelling of traffic patterns, particularly with respect to the use of the powered aircraft cross-wind runway (Runway 10/28)
  • The inclusion of the glider strips (and associated activity) and helicopter movements in the ANEF analysis for the first time
  • Software advances in the Integrated Noise Model including improved noise profile information for aircraft and helicopters

Improved modelling techniques including the dispersion of circuit tracks to account for deviations from nominal flight paths

The Preliminary Draft Plan includes other noise measurements such as the N60 tool which shows the number of events per day that is 60 decibels or higher, a noise level which is the equivalent to normal conversation. 

Camden Airport has developed Noise Abatement Procedures to encourage pilots to consider the local community when taking off and approaching the Airport. The Airport has also regulated ground running to minimise the noise impact from ground based aircraft operations such as maintenance checks.

The Airport works with local governments such as Camden Council and Campbelltown City Council to advise them of the land affected by aircraft noise to ensure any new developments in these areas comply with Australian Standards AS 2021-2000.


Media Information: Meredith Laverty 0414-523-060