Environmental Policy and Considerations
Each year, RAF Brize Norton carries approximately 132,000 passengers and 25134 metric tonnes of freight, during aircraft movements carried out 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As the main Airport of Embarkation, the subsequent size and scale of operations has the potential to disturb people and in recent months we have been working very hard to ensure that the impact of our operations is minimised, particularly at night.
Our environmental policy commits us to:
- Develop a noise amelioration programme to influence the operation of aircraft, with the aim of minimising, where possible, noise generation and the over-flying of populated areas.
- Seek to minimise the impact of noise from all aspects of the operation of aircraft and the airbase.
A400M Atlas - Comparative Assessment of Aircraft Noise Emissions
As part of the the RAF Brize Norton Environmental Appraisal the Defence Infrastructure Organisation commissioned a study to compare the currently available noise data for the A400 M Atlas aircraft with the other aircraft types based at RAF Brize Norton. Version 1 of the Comparative Assessment of Aircraft Noise Emissions, dated 3 October 2014, has now been published and can be found at the following link: Comparative Assessment of Aircraft Noise Emissions. This study will be updated with observed noise data once the operational usage of the A400M has been established.
Updated RAF Brize Norton Noise Contour
RAF Brize Norton has been advised that the revised noise contours, produced by the RAF Centre for Aviation Medicine, to support decisions regarding a formal noise amelioration scheme has been published on the Direct.gov website. This version of the RAF Brize Norton contour has been re-modelled to reflect changes resulting from the retirement of the VC10 and C-130K aircraft.
The report can be seen at this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/noise-amelioration-scheme-military-southwest-england. Headquarters Air Command and RAF Brize Norton will be using the new contour to support their continuing on-going discussions with the Defence Safety and Environment Authority regarding a formal noise amelioration scheme.
We have been working with West Oxfordshire District Council Environmental Department and the Minutes of the last meeting can be found at the following link: Local Authority meeting with RAF Brize Norton (PDF).
C-130 EGR Noise Assessment - Update November 2013
An open letter from Air Commodore David Lee outlining the steps being taken to reduce the noise footprint of RAF Brize Norton can be found at the following link:
The 2013 study to examine noise generated by aircraft ground operations can be found at the following links:
C130 EGR Noise Exposure and Further Investigations dated October 2013
- Figure 3.1 Noise Monitoring Locations
- Figure 4.2 High Power C130 EGR bay 68 wind 320 degrees
- Figure 4.3 High Power C130 EGR bay 68 wind 135 degrees
- Figure 4.4 Modelled EGR Locations and Receptors
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C-130 EGR Noise Assessment - Update 31 Oct 12
Please find below, a link to an update on the action being taken to reduce the noise problems surrounding the engine running on Hercules aircraft:
C-130 EGR Noise Assessment Technical Report
The study to examine noise generated by aircraft ground operations has been completed and can be found at the following links (Adobe Reader required).
C130 EGR Noise Assessment Technical Report (Report Main Document 3.24 Mb)
Appendix A to C (444 Kb)
- Meteorological Conditions during Surveys
- Community Monitoring
- Aircraft EGR Noise Emissions
Appendix D (Maps)
Appendix E & F (192 Kb)
- Monitoring within RAF Brize Norton
- Technical Data Tables
The open letter explains the findings of the study, and the report and annexes are available as PDF files. An airfield map of the aircraft parking bays is also available with the report to help give clarity to the mitigation measures considered.
RAF Brize Norton Noise Management Procedures
To enable local community access into procedures at RAF Brize Norton, this document contains relevant noise management orders in place at RAF Brize Norton to reduce noise impact on the local community. Orders have been taken from the following documents: Air Engineering Standing Orders (AESO), Brize Air Orders (BZAO), Duty Operations Controller (DOC) Order Book, Terminal Approach (TAP) Charts and the RAF Brize Norton [link not available] (PDF).
Please click on the following link for full report: