New video from Windsor reveals – Olympic style – the worst plane noise the borough suffers

A new short video has been produced by Wisdom da Costa, who has been a councillor in Windsor, and was chair of the West Windsor Residents Association (WWRA).  In the spirit of the Olympics, it looks in a light hearted way at the noise from Heathrow planes that his borough has to suffer.  He measured the noise (using an iPhone 6 and the Uplause App) from a range of planes that flew over Windsor at about 1,800 feet. Windsor gets landings for about one third of the year, and take offs for two thirds of the year and is around 8 km from the end of the runways.  Ranking the noise produced by short haul planes, the B757 was noisiest (80 dB) with the A320 at 79dB and the A321 third at 74dB.  Ranking the medium haul planes, the noisiest was the A330 at 88dB, with the B767 and B787 at about 85dB.  Then for the largest, long haul planes, the winner – the very noisiest – was the B747 at 89dB followed equally by the A380 and the B777 at about 85dB.  Noise levels of 80 – 90 decibels are compared to blow-dryer,  or a kitchen blender/food processor.  A lot of noise studies have shown continuous exposure to this sort of noise has negative effects on human health. Wisdom says this, contrary to the Olympic comparison, is not just a bit of fun. It is a serious problem. And he asks “Why have human health impacts been suppressed?’ in relation to a Heathrow runway.


The video is at

Aircraft over Windsor    (9 mins 12 secs)


Windsor location re HeathrowThe location of Windsor, and Old Windsor in relation to Heathrow


Below are some stills from the video

Windsor spring medium long haulThe planes measured, in the three noise categories  (all measured at heights of around 1,800 feet)

Windsor sprint winners

The ranking of the short haul planes – which should be a bit less noisy than the larger ones.

Windsor medium winners

The ranking for the medium distance planes

Windsor long haul winners

The ranking of the largest, heaviest planes

Windsor contact local MP

Below are some examples of noise levels by way of comparison  


Extremely Loud

110 dB = maximum output of some MP3 players, model airplane, chain saw

106 dB = gas lawn mower, snowblower

100 dB = hand drill, pneumatic drill

90 dB = subway, passing motorcycle

Very Loud

80–90 dB = blow-dryer, kitchen blender, food processor

70 dB = busy traffic, vacuum cleaner, alarm clock


60 dB = typical conversation, dishwasher, clothes dryer

50 dB = moderate rainfall

40 dB = quiet room


Heathrow warning for PM Theresa May

By Francis Batt  (Windsor Observer)

Campaigners claim that Theresa May would run into trouble locally if she backed a third runway at Heathrow.

Lobby group HACAN, which is against Heathrow expansion, has unearthed a poll which shows that less than a third of residents in Windsor and Maidenhead borough, which includes the Prime Minister’s constituency, back a third runway at Heathrow.

HACAN chairman John Stewart said, “These findings show just how carefully the Prime Minister will have to tread in coming to her decision about where a new runway should be built. She risks a backlash in her own backyard if she gives the go-ahead to a third runway at Heathrow.”

The poll’s findings showed that only 31% of people in the borough backed Heathrow Airport’s plans for a third runway, with 38% opposed to it. 50% supported a second runway at Gatwick, with 14% against.


The Royal Borough has remained steadily opposed to Heathrow expansion – Old Windsor in particular suffers from noisy night flights. ….. Windsor’s MP Adam Afriyie opposes expansion

But Heathrow has hit back this week, revealing that a new poll shows 51% of people in 12 constituencies in the area supported Heathrow expansion with only 35% against.

It says more than 10,000 people were interviewed, including in Windsor and Slough.


….. and the article continues with Heathrow’s comments