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Vancouver International Airport First in Canada to Launch Innovative Online Tracking Tool

May 14, 2009

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) today became the first airport in Canada to offer a new online tool that allows members of the public to see real-time and historical flight and noise data collected by the Airport Authority's aircraft noise monitoring and tracking system.

May 14, 2009 - 15:30 PM

New online tool offers real-time flight and noise information

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) today became the first airport in Canada to offer a new online tool that allows members of the public to see real-time and historical flight and noise data collected by the Airport Authority's aircraft noise monitoring and tracking system.

WebTrak for YVR allows residents to see for themselves flight activity over much of Metro Vancouver. Using radar data received from NAV CANADA and noise data collected at 20 noise monitoring terminals stationed throughout Metro Vancouver, WebTrak displays a map of the region and current flight and noise activity. A simple visual key identifies aircraft type, elevation and noise level, and whether the aircraft is arriving or departing. With easy-to-use features and menu options, anyone with access to the Internet can replay historical flight activity within the past 30 days, locate their residence on the map to determine the distance from aircraft in flight, and, if they wish, register a comment or concern about a particular flight.

"We recognize that noise associated with air travel can affect surrounding neighbourhoods," said Anne Murray, Vice President, Community and Environmental Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority. "By putting flight and noise information at the public's fingertips through WebTrak, we hope to promote greater understanding of aircraft operations at YVR and the complex airspace in which we operate."

Developed in close collaboration with NAV CANADA, the company responsible for providing air navigation services throughout Canada, WebTrak for YVR is the latest component of the Airport Authority's current Airport Noise and Operations Monitoring System. For more than ten years, the Airport Authority has been using leading-edge monitoring systems to measure and quantify noise associated with air travel at YVR, identify trends, monitor aircraft operations and mitigation strategies, and respond to questions and concerns from the community.

With its comprehensive Noise Management Program, the Airport Authority aims to balance the community's desire for safe, convenient, 24-hour air travel with enjoyable urban living for YVR's neighbours. In addition to WebTrak and the noise monitoring system, the program includes regular consultations with the YVR Aeronautical Noise Management Committee; a five-year noise management plan; and published noise abatement procedures.

WebTrak for YVR can be accessed through the Noise Management section of the YVR website. Residents with questions about noise management efforts at YVR can review the Airport Authority's latest Noise Management Annual Report, call the 24-hour YVR Noise Information Line at 604.207.7097 or send an email to noise@yvr.ca.
 

About Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada's second busiest airport, YVR welcomed 17.9 million people in 2008, and is the Official Airport of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 70 airlines serve YVR, including scheduled carriers, charters, code share and cargo carriers which connect travellers to more than 130 destinations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.

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For more information:
YVR Media Relations
Vancouver Airport Authority
604.880.9815
media_relations@yvr.ca
www.yvr.ca

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