Minimising Our Impact on our Neighbours
Blackbushe Airport is committed to reducing the impact of noise from aircraft operating through our airport on our neighbours.
Blackbushe Air Traffic Zone (ATZ)
The Blackbushe Air Traffic Zone (ATZ) is a 2.5 mile radius around the centre of the aerodrome. Where it would overlap with Farnborough’s ATZ, the boundary is drawn along the M3 as a clear visual reference.
Within the Blackbushe ATZ, aircraft must conform with aerodrome procedures. Our Flight Information Service Officers are not Air Traffic Controllers, and cannot issue instructions to aircraft. However, they will pass information, and advise aircraft if they may be in a position to cause a noise nuisance.
Noise Abatement Areas
The thick purple circles are Noise Abatement Areas. These are areas that the airport has voluntarily identified in consultation with local councils and resident groups to encourage aircraft to avoid. Sometimes it may be necessary for aircraft to overfly these areas in situations such as:
If the aircraft declares an emergency or other problem
If taking avoiding action, or any other manoeuvre in the interests of safety
When conducting an air display and in accordance with CAA rules, and event planning restrictions
Outside the Blackbushe ATZ
Blackbushe is currently surrounded by various complex areas of airspace. To our East, is the London Control Zone, which surrounds Heathrow. To our South is the Farnborough ATZ, and to our west, the RAF Odiham Military Air Traffic Zone (MATZ).
Most of our general aviation traffic, especially from light aircraft, will depart and arrive from the North-West. This is an area of “Class G” airspace. This is a designation of airspace that is open to all aircraft, of all types. Aircraft do not need to be in communication via radio, and are entitled to fly wherever they like, as long as they observe safety rules contained in the Air Navigation Order (ANO). If an aircraft can be identified as originating from Blackbushe, we can remind pilots to avoid noise sensitive areas, however there is no action either Blackbushe or the Civil Aviation Authority can take against pilots unless they can be proven to contravene the Air Navigation Order
Please review the information on this page before submitting a noise complaint, as your question may have been answered. If you are unsure, or believe the aircraft may have come from Blackbushe, please log this using our form below, and we will attempt to identify the aircraft and reply with information. Every Noise Complaint will get a response from our team.
Our executive traffic, light jets or turbo-prop aircraft will usually be flying at higher altitudes in controlled airspace, and then may be routed in and out from two main directions:
From the North via a reporting point at Compton (Near Newbury), they will then usually enter the Blackbushe ATZ from the North West to fly a circuit approach (if using Runway 25), or from the West for a straight-in approach (if using Runway 07).
From the South via a reporting point at Goodwood, they will usually remain to the East of Farnborough before turning into a final approach (if using Runway 25) or to the West of Odiham before turning into a straight-in approach (if using Runway 07).
These aircraft will usually be under the control of NATS air traffic controllers based at Farnborough, and Blackbushe has no influence on where the aircraft are routed.
Blackbushe is also surrounded by other aerodromes which generate noise. For example, jet traffic travelling low over Hartley Wintney in a North-South direction, will usually be Farnborough traffic trying to avoid Fleet and Blackbushe ATZ.
In areas to the north west, from Reading, down to Mattingley, we regularly find complaints may originate from aerobatic aircraft based at White Waltham, who use the area due to it’s good visual reference points.
To the east, there is a natural corridor created between Blackbushe and the London Terminal Area, which light aircraft travelling between the north and the south coast will use.