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ILS must come with conditions imposed

Federal Member for McPherson, Hon Karen Andrews, is calling for strict conditions to be
imposed on the use of a new Instrument Landing System (ILS) if it’s introduced
to the Gold Coast airport.

A final decision on whether the ILS will be made by the Administrative Appeals
Tribunal next month.

“All possible steps should be taken to minimise the impact on residents who’ll be
affected by the change in flight path of some aircraft if the ILS is used,” Mrs
Andrews said.

“Air Services Australia has argued that the Gold Coast must have the safest landing
technology as the number of domestic and international flights in and out of
the city continues to grow.

“We all want the Gold Coast Airport to be the safest it can be and I believe this
can be done without significantly affecting the local resident’s properties and
lifestyle.”

Mrs Andrews has asked the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren
Chester, to consider the following conditions to minimise the noise impact of
the ILS on local residents;

  • The use of the ILS approach is limited to when a visual approach
    or approach using RNP is not possible.
  • No training or military flights utilise the ILS approach.
  • Noise Abatement Procedures are implemented in collaboration
    with the community to reduce the impact of the ILS approach
  • Navigational aids that may provide an alternative to the ILS
    approach be considered as soon as available.  

Mrs Andrews said she has taken the concerns of local residents about the ILS to the
highest levels.

“I have spoken with the Federal Transport Minister, Air Services Australia and
Gold Coast Airport management to raise their concerns,” Mrs Andrews said.

“We now await the Tribunal’s decision and I will continue to argue for restrictions
if the ILS is introduced.”

 

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