Construction on Brisbane’s new runway is fast approaching completion but before it opens in mid-2020 there is a 700 (and counting) point checklist of safety checks, training exercises and operational run-throughs to be crossed off the list by a whole bunch of agencies.
While our list feels as long as the runway itself, you can be runway ready in three easy steps. If you’re keen to get up to speed, this handy checklist will walk you through it.
1. Check your address on the Flight Path Tool
With a second runway on the ground this means there will be a change in flight paths in the skies above Brisbane. The Flight Path Tool allows you to search any address in Brisbane to check current and future flight paths and aircraft noise information.
How to use the Flight Path Tool:
To get a full picture of how locations could be impacted, you’ll need to spend a bit of time on the tool using the different filters including switching between current and new runway flight paths, wind direction and season timings and time of day.
Good to know:
- Southerly winds typically happen during Brisbane Winter
- Northerly winds typically happen during Brisbane Summer
- Brisbane has seasonal changes around March every year where the winds change direction. This can catch some residents off guard and notice that something has changed.
- Overnight (10pm – 6am), there are three options. The default preference will be to use the bay for both arrivals and departures. However, you can filter ‘Northerly Winds’ or ‘Southerly Winds’ to see what will happen when this isn’t possible.
- If your address is close to a flight path, it is best to move the location to the closest flight path to understand the average number of flights and altitude information that will be nearby.
- There is a library of flight path and aircraft noise information within the Knowledge Centre if you want to understand more.
- If you’d like to know more about current aircraft noise that you are experiencing, Airservices Australia monitors this.
As you use the Flight Path Tool, it is also good to think about whether aircraft noise currently bothers you or if you hardly notice it at all (everybody reacts to noise differently) and where you spend most of your time during the day and night – are you mainly at work, home or out and about.
2. Talk to Team BNE at our Mobile Information Centre
If you still have questions after checking out the Flight Path Tool, you can visit ‘Benny’ our Mobile Information Centre to have them answered in person. Benny is loaded up with the Flight Path Tool, new runway facts, a run-down on Brisbane Airport’s history and airport and air traffic control staff to help you get all the information that you need.
You’ll most likely find Benny hitting up a Brisbane suburb near you soon, look at the schedule to find the best location for you to pop in. In the meantime, here are some answers to the frequently asked questions we have had from the community so far.
3. Get up to speed then stay up to date
With under 12 months until Brisbane’s new runway opens there are still plenty of construction milestones, key dates and opening events (more information will be coming soon, but let’s just say you will not want to miss out) to stay up to date on.
Firstly, if you need to get up to speed on Brisbane’s new runway here is our recommended reading and watch list:
- Read: Brisbane’s new runway: A timeline from conception to construction to completion for a detailed look at the project from early planning to what to expect once it is fully operational.
- Read: Runway Fast Facts for a quick look at the facts and figures of the project.
- Read: What does Brisbane’s new runway mean for property?
- Watch: This playlist explores the construction phases to complete the largest aviation infrastructure project in Australia.
- Subscribe: To stay up to date on construction process and get notified of opening events, sign up to the Take Off enewsletter.
Brisbane's second runway will open mid-2020. Make sure you are ready.