Teddington Action Group (TAG) questions the necessity of low-flying heavy aircraft from Heathrow
Teddington Action Group has questioned the necessity of low-flying aircraft from Heathrow and state that they are flying lower compared to other airports causing more noise, more suffering and more CO2 emissions than at almost any other airport in the World. TAG wants the Heathrow Airport London (Noise Abatement Requirements) Notice 2010 to be amended and tightened so as to require planes to climb from Heathrow at a rate of up to three times that which exists at present. This will bring Heathrow into line with other major international airports. TAG is asking that: (1). All aircraft must attain at least 2,500 ft [up from 1,000 ft] by 6.5 kilometres from start of roll. And (2). Thereafter all aircraft must keep climbing at a rate of at least 12% [up from 4%] until 6,000 ft [up from 4,000 ft]. Currently planes using Heathrow have some of the lowest flying and lowest climbing rates of any airport in the world and as a result cause more noise pollution locally. For economic reasons, heavy long haul flights find it cheaper to burn more fuel on a slower initial climb, but save on engine maintenance. Lighter short haul planes may benefit from steeper initial take-offs. The current rates of climb, under the 2010 regulations, are so undemanding that even very ancient aircraft can attain them.