An online flight tracking tool has been released by Manchester Airport.
WebTrak allows consumers to see flight activity within 30 miles of the airport. The flight and noise data is collected by a new aircraft monitoring and tracking system installed at the airport.
WebTrak displays a map of the region with flight details and noise levels generated by aircraft taking off and landing using radar data received from National Air Traffic Services and noise information collected at monitoring terminals stationed around the airport,
The technology is being introduced primarily for the benefit of local residents.
The airport’s community relations manager, Wendy Sinfield, said: “We recognise that aircraft landing and taking off at the airport can affect our neighbours.
“By making flight and noise information available on the internet, people can go online and use the system to find details of a particular flight (airline, aircraft type and destination), locate their property on a map and calculate the height that the aircraft was flying above and the distance from their property and if they have a comment or concern about a particular flight they can report it to us using the same system.”
Tim Walmsley, environment manager at the airport added: “In our noise action plan we promised to introduce a tool to allow flight paths and noise levels around the airport to be looked at over the internet.
“Three months of historical flight data can be investigated through the system and members of the public can see new data 24 hours after the activity.”
An example of the tracking tool in use