Various questions relating to the airport are either up for consideration or will be soon and I have been putting together some links and stuff for my own use, this isn’t supposed to be a coherent blog post, just a tentative look at the situation and a sharing of information.
If you want add more links or information please either post it as a comment or email it to me firstname.lastname@example.org if you don’t know how to add a link to a comment and want to add one, email me either for instructions on how to do so, or email the whole comment.
The background to this is that here in Thanet we have an airport, this isn’t something that was planned for and constructed as part of the areas transport infrastructure, but is about something that started in WW1 and has grown into what we have.
Over the last 50 years different companies have tried to make use of this historical accident and turn it into something commercially viable.
Personally my main interest with the airport relates to its safety and environmental considerations.
With safety there are two considerations that are particular to Manston, one being that the town of Ramsgate is at the end of the runway and the other that it is right on top of the most sensitive part of our underground drinking water reservoir.
You can’t really get away from the fact that more aviation accidents happen near to runways than happen in other places
Accident wise over the years Manston has had its ups and downs. As an example of what I mean the picture above is of a DC 4 loading at Manston, several of them operated out of Manston and most of them left Manston and arrived on runways at other airports, apart from the Oscar Golf that flew into some trees on the approach at Frankfurt killing everyone onboard, and Kilo Yankee that flew into a mountain killing everyone onboard.
For this area the airport represents a balance between the advantages and disadvantages combined with risk management.
The airports website is http://www.manstonairport.com/er
Changes to the airports radar due to radar clutter caused by The Thanet Offshore Windfarm and The London Array.
The airports night flight consultation pages http://www.manstonairport.com/about-the-airport/planning/night-flight-policy.html
TDCs night flight consultation pages http://www.thanet.gov.uk/council__democracy/consultation/night-time_flying_policy.aspx I think these are the same, a little easier to follow as the links have titles.
My own simplified version, this should be the same but much easier to open, please let me know if I have missed anything http://www.thanetonline.com/nightflights/
Manston, Kent's International Airport Master Plan http://www.manstonairport.com/userfiles/files/planning/KIA%20Master%20Plan%20LR.pdf
Comments and Responses to the draft Master Plan http://www.manstonairport.com/userfiles/files/planning/Comments%20and%20Responses%20LR.pdf
Surface water and drainage
Racism and Aircraft Noise http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/blogpicts2/id71.htm
I hope to do a more comprehensive post about this in the near future.