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Heathrow's airspace trials

As part of the Government's plan to modernise UK airspace, we ran a series of trials from December 2013 to November 2014.

During the trials some people experienced more noise while others experienced less. The important point to note is that what you experienced during the trials is not indicative of how Heathrow's final airspace will look or sound. The final decision is several years away and will be taken by the Government, not Heathrow.

Below you will find information and reports about the trials that took place.

2014

Westerly departure trial 2: 25 August 2014 – 12 November 2014

Our second westerly departure trial tests:

  1. Satellite-based navigation / Performance-based navigation
  2. Resilience
  3. Noise respite.

Download the Westerly departure trial 2 presentation (1MB PDF)

Download the Westerly trial report (3MB PDF)

Download the noise impacts and community response report - (3.8MB PDF)

Download the noise impacts and community response – appendix (15MB PDF)

Easterly departure trial 2: 28 July 2014 – 12 November 2014

Our second easterly departure trial tests:

  1. Satellite-based navigation / Performance-based navigation
  2. Resilience on 3 easterly departure routes

Download the Easterly departure trial 2 presentation (611KB PDF)

Download the Easterly trial report (2MB PDF)

Download the noise impacts and community response report (3.8MB PDF)

Download the noise impacts and community response – appendix (15MB PDF)

2013-14

Easterly and westerly departure trial 1: 16 December 2013 – 15 June 2014

Our first two trials tested:

  1. Satellite-based navigation / Performance-based navigation
  2. Our ability to provide predictable noise respite on aircraft departures.

Download the Departures trial 1 presentation (2.02MB PDF)

Download the full Easterly departure trial 1 report (3.16MB PDF)

Download the DOKEN trial report (3MB PDF)

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