The High Weald Councils Aviation Action Group is campaigning to get aircraft to fly as high as possible to minimise the noise on the ground. Just because we live in an area where aircraft can fly below 4000 feet does not mean they have to or they should. NATS currently is responsible for controlling the aircraft into Gatwick. We think the aircraft should be as high as possible at all times within safe limits. There is no excuse for a 747 at 2500 feet over the High Weald. At 20 miles from the airport the aircraft can be at over 6000 feet at 10 miles at over 3000. NATS need to “make it so”
The theoretical “ideal” CDA profile is a descent at 3 degrees from 6000ft, by being as high as possible the air traffic controllers the Airlines and the Airport can do their bit to help preserve the tranquillity of the High Weald for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. The quietest form of descent is a continuous shallow descent so the aircraft does not have to use power to turn or maintain height. The steepest angle of descent at landing is 3% and the aircraft must be at that angle from 6000 feet or 19 nautical miles away from the airport. In reality that is 6000 feet over Hildenborough, 4400 feet over Leigh and Penshurst, 4100 feet over Chiddingstone and 3600 feet over Hever.