Flight path grounded

COCKBURN residents can sleep soundly now a proposed flight path over the suburb has been permanently grounded.

Airservices Australia undertook a night trial from February to April, sending planes south from Perth airport to turn west at Jandakot, to see if noise complaints matched its modelling.

The trial confirmed AA’s data, which forecast there would be no benefit.

“We consider this flight path change initiative to now be closed,” wrote an AA spokesperson.

AA had wanted to reduce the impact of jets on suburbs bordering the Swan River — such as in Applecross, Shelley and Rossmoyne — where the current flight path turns west.

Cr Steve Portelli, who endured jets flying over his Aubin Grove home at 5am during the trial, says the news was a win for the community.

“It’s great to hear that the tests confirmed no advantage to the community at large and there will be no change to the flight paths,” he says.


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