I lived on Long Lane until last October and am now just off Thorburn Sq. I never noticed plane noise previously although was only about 1 mile away. I am not sure if this is due to the background volume being much quieter here so that you can actually here the planes, or whether new flight paths have been introduced (I vaguely remember something about new flight paths in the evening standard a while ago). Can you now hear them back in Long Lane??
They do definitely start at exactly 6 am on some days; and the size precludes city airport.
Have the flight paths been changed - I've never noticed aircraft over here before?
There has been no change in policies relating to how Heathrow operates, including how Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) direct aircraft, nor in the position of the Noise Preferential Routes (NPRs), the stacks where arriving aircraft ‘queue' whilst waiting to join the Instrument Landing System (ILS) or the position of the ILS radio beams which aircraft use to bring them into land on the last stage of their journey. The Noise Preferential Routes have been in place for over 40 years. There are no set routes or heights for arriving aircraft as they travel from the stacks to join the ILSs, so areas overflown by aircraft on that part of the journey may notice differences in positions and heights of aircraft from day to day. Detailed information on how your area is affected may be obtained from our Operations Communications team in the Contact Us section.
Don't care what BAA say.
It gets worse every year in the summer and is particularly noticeable at about 6am for some reason.
I guess the flightpaths change in the summer to cope with the holiday season.