Ground noise and engine running

Aircraft Engine running is an essential part of airport operations.  Engines need to be tested for safety reasons and engine runs form part of the  maintenance programme for aircraft.

Ground Run Record

We recognise that ground noise can also cause significant disturbance  to the local community. For that reason, although not required under the Environment Noise Directive, we will continue to seek to address this through operating practices.

Engine running is an essential part of airport operations. Engines need to  be tested for safety reasons and engine runs form part of the  maintenance programme for aircraft.

We understand that this noise can cause disturbance to local residents and therefore adopt certain measures to reduce the impact on the community. We do not allow engine testing during the night unless exceptional circumstances require us to do so. High power engine running takes place to the south east of the airfield which is the furthest location from any residential properties. Other engine testing generally takes place on the aircraft stands.

 

2021 Number of Runs Monthly
Month January Feb March April May June July August September October November December
Idle 32 22 37 48 59 37 25 27 12 16 23 11
Full power 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 1 6 1 2
night full 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021 Total duration of runs Monthly
Month January Feb March April May June July August September October November December
Idle 283 165 285 315 325 185 145 166 115 100 115 80
Full power 60 0 0 0 150 0 0 20 60 240 60 30
night full 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021 Number of Runs Quarterly
Engine Runs 2021 2022
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
  Total 92 149 66 59 56      
  Idle  91 144 64 50 51      
  High 1 5 3 9 5      
  High Night 0 0 0 0 0      
2021 Total duration of runs Quarterly
Engine Runs 2021 2022
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
  Total 793 975 506 625 655      
  Idle  733 825 426 295 350      
  High 60 150 80 330 305      
  High Night 0 0 0 0 0      

All ground engine runs are subject to prior approval by Airside Operations and ATC. Permission for medium and high power ground runs during the following days and times will only be permitted under exceptional circumstances:

Monday  to  Friday  23:01-05:59

Saturday  and  Sunday  23:01-08:59

In order to help our community better understand our engine  running requirements, we included a specific action within our NAP to report on  the frequency, duration and times of engine running. This information is availible to view  below and will be updated on a Quarterly basis.

As detailed in the data below, no full power ground runs took place outwith the above permitted hours during the 2021 period