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Government releases new list of curfew-exempt aircraft for Sydney and Adelaide airports

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 5, 2015
A Dassault Falcon 7X is one example of an aircraft included on the new list. (Dassault)
A Dassault Falcon 7X, one example of new business aircraft included on the new curfew-exempt list. (Dassault)

Some new generation business jets that have been produced since 2005 will now be able to land and take off at Sydney and Adelaide airports during curfew hours, the federal government says.

The list of aircraft allowed to operate between 11pm and 6am at both airports has been updated following a review that commenced in September 2014.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss says the new list for both Sydney and Adelaide airports introduces a stricter noise standard during curfew hours, as well as providing flexibility and certainty to business aviation operators about the types of aircraft they can fly.

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Sydney Airport’s list of permitted aircraft was last updated in 2005, while Adelaide’s list had been unchanged for 15 years.

Therefore, new aircraft that have been developed in that time have been prohibited from operating at Sydney and Adelaide despite often being quieter than older aircraft on the list of curfew-exempt aircraft.

“Updating the list of permitted aircraft is an important signal to commercial operators to upgrade their fleets and also harmonises the lists for both airports for the first time, simplifying fleet management for operators,” Truss said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The provisions had become out-dated and, by definition, only allowed older, noisier aircraft to operate during the curfew.”

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While the new aircraft added to the list are able to operate immediately, certain older aircraft that do not meet the new noise requirements have been “grandfathered” and allowed to keep flying until December 31 2022, the Minister said.

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and Airservices Australia have been asked to monitor curfew movements at Adelaide and Sydney to assess the impact of the changes.

Despite the change to the list of aircraft permitted to take off and land in curfew hours, Truss said the government was still committed to maintaining the curfew at both airports, as well as the 80 aircraft movements an hour limit at Sydney Airport during operational hours.

Previous Sydney list for aircraft permitted during curfew
  • BAe 125-800B**
  • Beech 400A/Beechjet 400A++/Hawker 400XP
  • Canadair Challenger 300/601/604
  • Cessna 680
  • Cessna Citation 500/525/550/560/650**/750
  • Falcon 10/50/50EX/200/900/900C/900EX/2000/2000EX
  • Global Express
  • Global 5000
  • Gulfstream IV/SP/G300/G350/G400/G450/G500/G550
  • Gulfstream V
  • Hawker 800XP/850XP/Horizon
  • HS 125-700B**
  • Learjet 31A/35/36/40/45/45XR/60
  • Legacy EMB-135
  • Mitsubishi MU-300**
  • Premier 1/1A
  • Westwind 1124
New models included in the updated Sydney list
  • BAe DH.125 Series 1A/1B/3A/3B/400A/600A/F3B
  • Beechcraft 4000
  • Bombardier BD-7001A10/BD700-1A11/BD100-1A10/CL-600-1A11 (CL-600)/CL-600-2A12/CL-600-2B16)/CL-600-2B16)/CL-600-2B16/CL-600-2B19/CL-600-2C10/701/702/CL-600-2D15/CL-600-2D24/CL-600-2E25.
  • Cessna 510/525A/525B/525C/560XL/560XLS/560XLS+/552
  • Dassault Falcon 7X
  • Embraer 145/145ER/145MR/145LR/135ER/135LR/135KE/135KL/135BJ (/Legacy 600)/135BJ(Legacy 650)/145XR/145MP/145EP/500/505
  • Falcon 20C-C5/20-D5/20-E5/20-F5
  • Gulfstream Galaxy/200/100/150/GVI(650)/650ER
  • Hawker 900XP/Hawker 1000/Hawker 750
  • Learjet 24/24A/24B/24B-A/24C/24D/24D-A/24E/24F/24F-A/25/25A/25B/25C/25D/25F/28/29/31/35A/36A/45/55/55B/55C
  • Westwind 1121/1121B/1123/1124A
Previous Adelaide list for aircraft permitted during curfew
  • BAe 125-800B**
  • BAe 125-1000
  • Beech 400A
  • Canadair Challenger 601/604
  • Cessna Citation 500/525/550/560/650**/750
  • Falcon 10/50EX/200/900/2000
  • Gulfstream IV
  • HS 125-700B**
  • Learjet 31A/35/36/45/60
  • Mitsubishi MU-300**
  • Westwind 1124
New models included in the updated Adelaide list
  • BAe DH.125 Series 1A/1B/3A/3B/400A/600A/F3B
  • Beechjet 400A++/Hawker 400XP
  • Beechcraft 4000
  • Bombardier BD-7001A10/BD700-1A11/BD100-1A10/CL-600-1A11 (CL-600)/CL-600-2A12/CL-600-2B16)/CL-600-2B16)/CL-600-2B16/CL-600-2B19/CL-600-2C10/701/702/CL-600-2D15/CL-600-2D24/CL-600-2E25.
  • Canadair Challenger 300
  • Cessna 510/525A/525B/525C/560XL/560XLS/560XLS+/552/680
  • Dassault Falcon 7X
  • Embraer 145/145ER/145MR/145LR/135ER/135LR/135KE/135KL/135BJ (/Legacy 600)/135BJ(Legacy 650)/145XR/145MP/145EP/500/505
  • Falcon 20C-C5/20-D5/20-E5/20-F5/50/900C/900EX/2000EX
  • Global Express
  • Global 5000
  • Gulfstream Galaxy/200/100/150/GVI(650)/650ER/GIV-X /G150/SP/G300/G350/G400/G450/G-V/G500/G550
  • Hawker 800XP/850XP/Horizon /900XP/Hawker 1000/Hawker 750
  • Learjet 24/24A/24B/24B-A/24C/24D/24D-A/24E/24F/24F-A/25/25A/25B/25C/25D/25F/28/29/31/35A/36A/40/45/45XR/55/55B/55C
  • Legacy EMB-135
  • Premier 1/1A
  • Westwind 1121/1121B/1123/1124A/1125/Astra SPX

 

Notes:
** Grandfathered until 31 December 2022
++ Models of these aircraft which exceed 271 decibels noise total are not permitted to operate. Remaining models in this type are grandfathered until 2022.

Source: Minister’s office

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7 Comments

  • Marc

    says:

    To think Sydney is an international airport and we have to deal with this bureaucracy.. from both major parties, in order to satisfy people who chose to live near an airport.

  • Raymond

    says:

    Yes Marc, it’s really quite silly and detrimental, I agree. But put yourself in the politicians’ shoes – there’s just too many votes at stake. I suppose this is one of the cons of living in a democracy!

  • Raymond

    says:

    However, we should at least be grateful that the list has now been updated…

  • Mike

    says:

    So a BAe 125 with hushkit (105 dB) is curfew exempt but a BAe 146 (85 dB) or Boeing 717 (93 dB) isn’t? Yeah, that makes sense.

  • Corey

    says:

    Why can’t those airports be 24hrs like Brisbane is. If any type of aircraft is meets or exceeds the minimum noise levels they should be able to land and take off no mater what the time is. At the Brisbane Airport they try and get he aircraft to circle and then land over the bay to reduce noise to home owners but they make jets take off over the houses etc because they’re climbing there for reducing noise; plus Brisbane Airport has the largest space between the end of the runway and the closest house in Australia.

  • Malki

    says:

    Most of those living under a flight-path chose to be there and don’t really have a right to complain. However, why they chose to be there could be a different matter – maybe their choice was somewhat limited, but still… Do they really have the right to complain? Personally I don’t think so!!!

  • Ben

    says:

    Some interesting inclusions there. I’d hardly call the Lear 24 “new” and with its turbo-jet engines surely would be pumping out more noise than an A380 or B787!!

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