With the opening of the new runway in mid-2020 and the introduction of new flight paths, Bardon and The Gap may notice an increase in aircraft traffic overhead.
To help residents check flight paths and understand related flight information specific to an address, Brisbane Airport Corporation recently released its Flight Path tool.
The flight path tool shows aircraft arrival and departure flight paths, for both current and when the new runway opens, depending on the direction of the wind that is blowing at the airport. Along with the flight paths, the tool also provides noise mapping which indicates areas that will experience aircraft noise of 70 decibels or more.
The new runway will allow aircraft to land over the city and depart over the bay on both runways when northerly winds prevail or arrive over moreton bay and depart over the city on both runways when the wind blowing is predominantly southerly.
Utilising the new runway, the new flight paths during predominantly northerly breezes could bring about an average of seven arriving aircrafts flying above the suburb of Bardon between 6am and 6pm, with the numbers possibly reaching as high as 29 flights in Brisbane winter months.
In Brisbane summer months, there will be about 14 arriving flights above Bardon between 6am and 6pm when the wind blowing at the airport is predominantly northerly. The flight path plan sets the number of maximum arriving jet flights above Bardon at 30.
When the new runway is fully operational, aircraft traffic will be moved further west and removed from suburbs like Zillmere, Aspley, Chermside, Chermside West, Stafford, Stafford Heights, Enoggera, Alderley, and Keperra.
Whilst suburbs that will be under the flight path for the first time will include Upper Kedron, Albany Creek, Bridgeman Downs, Banyo, Nudgee, Bald Hills, Strathpine, Bray Park, Lawnton, and Joyner.
Departing flights over these suburbs will however be at an altitude of about 10,000 to 20,000 feet, so aircraft noise is not expected to be noticeable. Also, as much as possible, flights will directed over the bay between 10pm to 6am.