Smart Tracking at Gold Coast Airport launched

Media Release


13 November 2014

Joint release with:

Karen Andrews

Member for McPherson

Air travel at the Gold Coast Airport will be improved with the formal launch today of new satellite-based technology for high-precision navigation, known as Smart Tracking.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said Airservices Australia is implementing the new technology at Australian airports to improve safety and dependability for air travel.

“I am pleased to see this technology, which is internationally recognised for its safety benefits, introduced at Gold Coast Airport,” Mr Truss said.

“Smart Tracking has particular benefits for airports like the Gold Coast where approaches are complicated by terrain and urban encroachment issues.

“Smart Tracking uses satellite signals to enable aircraft cockpit systems to use GPS information to direct the flight path of the aircraft with greater navigational accuracy in all weather conditions.

“The employment of this technology is consistent with the Government's commitment to deploying new technology to enhance aviation service delivery and safety.”

Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews said the Smart Tracking flight path will have significant environmental benefits for the Gold Coast community.

“The new system is expected to improve noise outcomes for communities located to the north of the airport by keeping aircraft flying over the water for longer and minimising time flying over houses,” Mrs Andrews said.

“Smart Tracking will also let more planes land in inclement weather, as well as provide fuel cost savings and reduce impacts on the environment.

“This technology will certainly enhance the airport's international and domestic standing and help meet future growth in demand.”

Further details on the future use of Smart Tracking are available at Airservices Australia website: