You do not have to live directly beneath a flightpath to experience the discomfort of aircraft noise pollution. As the volume of air traffic increases so do the instances of redirected flights, aircraft stacking and extended take-off and landing availability.
The south east of England has some of the busiest airspace in the world with traffic using Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Stanstead and even Luton all contributing to the crowded skies. Add to these major airports the dozens of smaller airfields and their private jets and the scale of the problem becomes clear.
The Impacts of Noise on Health
As with road traffic, the adverse health effects caused by aircraft noise can include hearing damage or loss, cardiovascular conditions and hypertension caused by disturbed sleeping patterns.
Sadly, research also shows that exposure to noise of this type can be particularly harmful to children, particularly affecting levels of concentration and learning ability.
The effect of noise pollution of this type will, of course, be dependent upon the proximity of the property to an airport or flightpath.