Air Traffic improvements to Gold Coast Airport Announced

Media Release

WT214/2014

28 October 2014

Joint release with:

Karen Andrews

Federal Member for McPherson

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews today announced plans to introduce new satellite-based technology to make air travel safer and cleaner at the Gold Coast Airport

The satellite-based Required Navigation Performance system, known as Smart Tracking, allows enabled aircraft to fly with greater accuracy than those using conventional navigation means.

Mr Truss said the continued introduction of Smart Tracking by Airservices Australia around the nation is consistent with the Government's commitment to deploying new technology to enhance aviation safety and service delivery.

“Aviation is critical to the Australian economy and technology such as Smart Tracking helps further improve the performance of our air traffic management system,” Mr Truss said.

Mrs Andrews welcomed the announcement which she said will provide safety, reliability and environmental benefits to the Gold Coast community.

“This technology will further enhance the airport's international and domestic standing and help meet future growth in demand,” Mrs Andrews said.

“By keeping aircraft flying over the water for longer, Smart Tracking will also minimise flights over homes, leading to reduced noise levels for communities to the north of the airport.”

Airservices Australia has been progressively introducing Smart Tracking at airports around the country since 2012, including Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Cairns.

Smart Tracking has been trialled at Gold Coast Airport since 2008 within a longstanding flight corridor. Subject to approval by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Airservices Australia expects permanent operations at the Airport will commence before the end of the year.

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