GTAA backing airspace enhancements around Toronto Pearson
NAV CANADA has launched a public consultation as the next step in a proposal to introduce airspace enhancements around Toronto Pearson, which are anticipated to have a significantly positive impact on noise and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).
The proposed changes, agreed in principle with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), will introduce a modern arrival procedure known as Required Navigation Performance Authorisation Required (RNP AR) for two runway ends at Toronto Pearson, Canada’s busiest airport.
This will be supported by a new International Civil Aviation Organization standard known as Established on RNP-AR (EoR).
RNP AR provides the opportunity to design shorter, more direct routes, enabling aircraft to turn towards the airport sooner, while the new standard supports safe and efficient integration of traffic in a busy parallel runway environment.
If implemented, this will be the largest deployment of the EoR standard at a major international airport to date.
According to GTAA and NAV CANADA, the proposal will support the industry’s sustainability efforts – with regard to both noise and emissions – by significantly reducing GHGs and the overflight of residential areas.
It is, for exampole, estimated that the deployment of RNP-AR will result in GHG avoidance of 178,000,000 kilograms over 10 years. That’s equivalent to taking approximately 44,000 cars off the road permanently.
“Our sector’s successful recovery post-pandemic depends on continuing to find innovative ways to operate in an efficient and environmentally sustainable way,” said Deborah Flint, president and CEO, GTAA.
“It is incumbent on us to build back better, not only for the entire travel and tourism ecosystem, but also for future generations of travellers, employees and our neighbouring communities.”
While NAV CANADA’s president and CEO, Raymond Bohn, noted: “The aviation industry continues to examine ways to reduce its environmental footprint, from sustainable fuels and alternative energy sources, to improvements in aircraft technology and ground equipment, and modern, more efficient flight procedures.
“The reductions in GHGs and noise impacts, coupled with fuel costs savings for our airline customers, are notable and supportive of an environmentally responsible recovery from COVID-19.”
NAV CANADA and the GTAA believe that they have a notable history of pursuing noise mitigation efforts in collaboration with the communities around the airport and remain committed to working with neighbours to ensure that noise management remains a part of the conversation as the aviation industry recovers.
Residents are invited to visit www.navcanada.ca/YZRNP to learn more about the RNP-AR proposal, register for upcoming online public briefings, or provide feedback.
Public consultation will run until December 17, 2021.