NAV CANADA and Canadian Airports Council protocol on consultating and informing residents, to reduce opposition
Canadian airports and airspace managers seem to have woken up to the fact that changes to flight paths are deeply unpopular. They have now produced a protocol, setting out how and when they should consult with affected residents. Their intention is to reduce opposition, by consulting and communicating with the local population, on changes to flight paths. It all sounds very laudable, and with aims of “meaningful dialogue” and that they will “consider community feedback in the flight path design process.” They say: “Different levels of community outreach and engagement are appropriate depending on the type of change being proposed. In all cases, the goal will be to inform residents so that they are aware of a change, and not surprised by it.” But the thing that is missing (and this is so familiar with airspace management in the UK) is any mention anywhere of actually reducing the amount of flights, or reducing the amount of noise, or not introducing the changes to flight paths that the industry considers to be “necessary.” It is always just a matter of dialogue, consultation, processes. There is not even a section in the protocol for not introducing changes, if they are not acceptable to residents. Just managing the PR.