Award for city airport system

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A system being trialed at Edinburgh Airport which measures the efficiency of aircraft landing has won an environmental award.

Flight Profile Monitor won the Best Environmental Initiative category at the Airport Operators’ Association Conference.

The system showed that while 95 per cent of departures achieved continuous climb – the most environmentally efficient flight profile – only 55 per cent of arrivals achieved a continuous descent approach.

Initial results from the trial point to up to 20 per cent improvement in continuous descent approaches for Edinburgh Airport – which it is estimated would save 8000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and achieve fuel savings worth more than £150,000 per year. It also reduces noise in communities under the arrival flight paths.