Bristol airport planes off track
shows just how many flights from Bristol International Airport (BIA) are spreading
standard flight paths.
departing from BIA are shown alongside the standard paths  for BIA during one
week from the 28 May 2009 (overlapping the school half-term holidays)]. SBAE
say that while some variations are allowed to the regular flight paths, their
data illustrates just how wide an area flights from BIA have covered.
flight paths will become much more frequent if the airport is allowed to expand
as it plans.
how far afield planes from Bristol airport are flying – not that this will come
as any surprise to people living in those areas.
areas, but more planes travelling wide of these will cause more suffering for
local residents. Plans for 10 million passengers, and 13.8 million by 2030 can
only mean that things are going to get much worse."
by SBAE to monitor flights departing from Bristol airport during one week in May.
The device, which cost the group less than £1000, consists of a box that picks
up radio signals broadcast by planes attached to a computer. The system, which
has been used in Frankfurt, can be placed in different locations to pick up signals,
and specially designed software is used to interpret the data.
in May and in fact isn’t the complete story as it’s based on the radio signals
we were able to pick up from one location. It also only has half the flights as
no arrivals are shown. Even so it is clear that flights to and from the airport
fly over many local communities. We will continue to monitor flight paths and
use this to show all concerned the impacts of the airport’s operations."
to query any flights they believe deviate from standard flight paths.
For further information on SBAE visit:
 ‘Standard instrument departure’ paths (SID)
Stop Bristol Airport Expansion Limited