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The expansion of the airports around London has now returned to being a prominent news item (of course it always was important). Today we hear that Heathrow and Gatwick have been shortlisted for expansion. But whether expansion happens there, or (although currently discounted…) Stanstead, and even 'Boris’s Island', have we overlooked the local impact? Will our local area - Potters Bar, Hatfield and Brookmans Park – all suffer?

Over recent years we’ve seen a big increase in the number of passenger planes in the sky over Brookmans Park. It often looks like they are ‘stacking’; ie flying round in a slow downward spiral queue, waiting to get a place to land at one of those airports.

We are in the middle between three airports – Heathrow, Stanstead and Luton. The addition of a runway at Heathrow – to increase capacity/ no of take-offs / landings– will doubtless of itself increase the number of planes / flight paths over Brookmans Park. Also, no doubt, there will – partly as a result - be an increase in the number of flights, and stacking, for Luton, Gatwick, Stanstead and even City Airport. All of which, directly and indirectly, will surely lead to an increase in the number of planes over the area. And will the increased number of planes, and the technology developments allowing them to fly closer together, mean that those at the lowest level be closer to the ground? And, if so, will that mean that there will be an increase in aircraft noise over Brookmans Park?

And if so, how much benefit will Brookmans Park and the rest of the area get from it?
 

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Re: The Hatfield / Brookmans Park area and the expansion of London's airports
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2013, 03:31:51 pm »
Yes, aircraft do frequently pass over BP, either on approach or stacking, however I cannot say we have a problem with aircraft noise and even if there were more flights I'm not sure it would be a significant increase given the height at which they are flying.

If airport expansion is beneficial to the economy (according to some politicians) then I guess we all benefit one way or another.
 

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Fascinating to see the flight traffic over Brookmans Park this evening. I've downloaded an app to my phone. If I point it at the horizon it shows the skyline and lets me know which planes are flying from where to where. Busy as ever. Two screen grabs from phone below.
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Thanks Dave, didn't realise it did that as well  ;D
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I have this app (free version) haven't seen that is this on the paid version only?
 

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Augmented Reality in the menu option in the app ie 3 bars top left, but I'm on the paid version
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Thanks Bob, just checked mine, it's only available on the Pro version.  Cool app though, even without the bells and whistles!
 

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I have the pro version because I was meeting a flight at Heathrow and wanted to be able to track in real time. It cost only £1.99 and it probably saved me more than that in not parking up too early.  :)
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