Casper live at Edinburgh Airport

A new state of the art system which provides real-time information on flights and noise is now live at Edinburgh Airport, increasing transparency around noise track analysis. 

The project includes a noise and track monitoring system, including three fixed and two mobile noise monitors. An important part of the project was to improve communication with the community. The Casper Noise system improves the analysis and processing of complaints and allows the airport to respond quickly to community concerns using response templates set-up in the application by Edinburgh Airport staff.

To further improve communication with local residents a public website was set-up with live flight tracks and noise data that enables residents to find out more information about noise and flight activity in their area. Casper NoiseLab enables residents to conduct their own analysis and access relevant reports and provides information on individual aircraft operations such as the aircraft noise level, altitude of the flight, and aircraft type. The Edinburgh Airport community and environment departments have put great effort into customizing the website and providing lots of useful information to the public. The Casper Noise Lab and Flight Tracking website was released on June 6th and the initial responses from the public are very positive: “This is pretty briljant; Best website I have seen; This is a great tool!; Information available very useful and website put together very well; This will be a very useful site; Flight tracker is very good.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: “We appreciate that aircraft noise can cause issues for our neighbouring communities and we are mindful of the potential impacts it can have and how to best mitigate them. We want communities to be informed and to better understand noise and through that will come greater trust and a better working relationship. This system will help us with that as it provides increased transparency around our operations, offering up-to-the-minute information on flights. Providing this information allows people to draw up their own reports and evaluate the data for themselves before asking us questions. We’re confident this system will prove to be extremely useful and is another example of the innovative approach that we take at Edinburgh Airport.

We are very excited to have helped Edinburgh Airport to improve management of noise abatement and enhance community engagement. There has been great collaboration between the EAL team and the Casper team during the project and we are very proud of the result. We look forward to continue working with Edinburgh Airport in the coming years”, according to Heleen Erkamp CEO at Casper.

Read more on BBC News website.