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Breaking Their Own Rules - 3 Examples In Just 5 Minutes!

Eight Times More Aircraft Activity Over Our Sensitive Coastline

There are regulations requiring aircraft to give consideration to breeding sea birds and whales but there's nothing stopping Moorabbin aviation hammering the families who live and visit the extraordinary coastline in the City of Kingston.

The chart below shows a cross section of aircraft activity along the pristine Kingston coastline.  Our aviation colleagues have appointed this as one of their airport approach routes. Moreover the ever increasing coastal helicopter traffic picks out a dangerous route which sees them flying directly into the path of oncoming fixed wing aircraft.

The second chart shows a cross section of aircraft activity for another of the airport approach routes over a semi-rural and industrial area.

The coastline route is being hammered with eight times more aerial traffic.

The situation is much worse than it appears in these charts because most of the aircraft in the Moorabbin Control Zone do not use their transponders and cannot be picked up on AirServices Australia charts like these.

(Each small green symbol shows the position of a plane or helicopter - data for one day)

Carrum Approach Route Eight Times More Aircraft

Above: Aircraft Activity over the Southern "Carrum" Route - Our Highly Sensitive & Relatively Densely Populated
Coastal Corridor. This Same Coastal Area Has Been Identified By the City of Kingston as Having High
Community Importance and Parks Victoria has Assigned it Sensitive Marine Areas.

Academy Approach Route Moorabbin Airport

Above: Aircraft Activity over the North East "Academy" Route - This is Semi-Rural & Industrial Land

Find this hard to believe?  It's even more astounding when you realise that AirServices Australia has actually identified the following Environmental Principles for dealing with this sort of thing:

1)  Noise abatement procedures should be optimised to achieve the lowest possible overall impact on the community.

2 ) Noise should be concentrated as much as possible over non-residential areas.

3)  Noise exposure should be fairly shared whenever possible

The chart below is another way of looking at this information.  Note the excessive coastal traffic compared to the semi-rural and industrial zones which paradoxically have considerably less aircraft activity.

(Each red line is an aircraft movement)

carrum air traffic versus industrial area traffic

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