The following slides contain some references to press releases given by various organisations in response to the launch of WebTrak at Vancouver in May 2009
Similar communications have accompanied many of the WebTrak launches.
These can be used as examples to illustrate what can be expected in the initial stages after WebTrak release.
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FIRST IN CANADA TO LAUNCH INNOVATIVE TRACKING TOOL
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) today became the first airport in Canada to offer a new online tool that allows members of the public to see real-time and historical flight and noise data collected by the Airport Authority's aircraft noise monitoring and tracking system.
WebTrak for YVR allows residents to see for themselves flight activity over much of Metro Vancouver. Using radar data received from NAV CANADA and noise data collected at 20 noise monitoring terminals stationed throughout Metro Vancouver, WebTrak displays a map of the region and current flight and noise activity. A simple visual key identifies aircraft type, elevation and noise level, and whether the aircraft is arriving or departing. With easy-to-use features and menu options, anyone with access to the Internet can replay historical flight activity within the past 30 days, locate their residence on the map to determine the distance from aircraft in flight, and, if they wish, register a comment or concern about a particular flight.
'We recognize that noise associated with air travel can affect surrounding neighbourhoods,' said Anne Murray, Vice President, Community and Environmental Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority. 'By putting flight and noise information at the public's fingertips through WebTrak, we hope to promote greater understanding of aircraft operations at YVR and the complex airspace in which we operate.'
Developed in close collaboration with NAV CANADA, the company responsible for providing air navigation services throughout Canada, WebTrak for YVR is the latest component of the Airport Authority's current Airport Noise and Operations Monitoring System. For more than ten years, the Airport Authority has been using leading-edge monitoring systems to measure and quantify noise associated with air travel at YVR, identify trends, monitor aircraft operations and mitigation strategies, and respond to questions and concerns from the community.
With its comprehensive Noise Management Program, the Airport Authority aims to balance the community's desire for safe, convenient, 24-hour air travel with enjoyable urban living for YVR's neighbours. In addition to WebTrak and the noise monitoring system, the program includes regular consultations with the YVR Aeronautical Noise Management Committee; a five-year noise management plan; and published noise abatement procedures.
About Vancouver Airport Authority
The Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada's second busiest airport, YVR expects to welcome 17.9 million passengers in 2008, and is the Official Airport of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Airport Authority is undertaking a $1.4-billion capital program that will ensure the airport meets the growing demand for air travel and continues to be developed as a premier global gateway and economic generator for British Columbia.
Citizen Groups Win Airport Noise Monitoring Web Site
Vancouver International Airport's neighboring public (and the world) now has access to a new Web site that combines NAV CANADA radar data and Airport Authority noise data to geographically display aircraft noise intensity and facilitate near-immediate public comment. The system, called WebTrak, also retains historical data -- meaning that people can check their clock (and calendar, up to 30 days), go online, and use the system to identify precisely which aircraft is now or was earlier the most audibly pleasant, the most annoying or anything in between. If a user is unable to deduce the exact offending aircraft but is willing to input where they were when they heard it, WebTrak will even offer up likely candidates. Air carriers may be comforted to know that aircraft are identified upon mouse-over not by giant company logos but by type, speed and elevation. Noise is depicted separately with the aid of small circles on the map that change color and shape while numerically displaying decibel levels. The WebTrak site states that 'for aviation security reasons' aircraft tracks are delayed by 10 minutes and no military flight information is included. That said, the site does make lodging an aircraft-specific or general complaint or comment quite simple. What airport authorities do with the information remains to be seen.
There are 20 noise-monitoring stations in the Vancouver area, according to Canada.com, and the Web site is the result of lobbying by Surrey Citizens Against Aircraft Noise with help from the Surrey Airspace Taskforce. The groups were moved to action following the airport's implementation of new flight paths.