Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.

Aircraft noise

The aviation industry is vital for a myriad of business, tourism, social and freight activities that the Australian economy and society rely upon. Aircraft noise is an unavoidable consequence of aviation activity. Airservices works with partners in the aviation industry to minimise the impacts of aircraft noise on communities around airports. Its role involves:

  • ensuring that flight departures and arrivals are designed to minimise noise impacts
  • providing information about aircraft noise
  • monitoring aircraft noise around major airports
  • providing a national Noise Complaints and Information Service.

Airservices seeks opportunities to minimise aircraft noise, for example by trialling new procedures. Often these trials are undertaken as a result of issues raised by communities. Airservices publishes reports on these trials and reviews, which are available on airport information pages. Airservices also undertakes periodic reviews of existing noise abatement procedures at airports. Airservices commitment to Aircraft Noise Management informs the community on our commitment  to minimising and, where possible, reducing the impact of aircraft noise with a view to achieving world’s best practice in aircraft noise management. Airservices and Australian Airports Association have developed a website with more information on aircraft noise.


Flight validation checks Christmas Island, Cocos Island and West Australian Airports June 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path validation safety checks at Christmas Island and Cocos Island aerodromes and 25 West Australian aerodromes between 1 and 18 June. A twin-engine aircraft will conduct a series of low-level flights to check flight paths and navigation aids and also check for any new obstacles within an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodromes. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed. The West Australian aerodromes being checked are Balgo Hill, Barimunya, Barrow Island, Boolgeeda, Broome, Carnarvon, Christmas Creek, Coondewanna, Curtin, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Fortescue Dave Forrest, Ginbata, Halls Creek, Karratha, Learmonth, Lombadina, Newman, Nifty, Onslow, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland, Solomon, Telfer and West Angelas.

Flypast Ipswich Show Queensland 19 May 2017
An Air Force C-17A Globemaster will conduct a flypast over the Ipswich show on Friday 19 May at approximately 2:19pm, subject to weather. It will approach the showgrounds from the south and fly over at an altitude of 150 metres (500ft).

Historic aircraft flyover Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance 21 May 2017
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Museum will conduct an historic aircraft formation flypast over the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance on Sunday 21 May from approximately 1:30pm, as part of a Bomber Command Commemoration ceremony. The historic aircraft flypast will consist of a formation of RAAF Winjeel and CT4 trainers.

Historic aircraft flyover RAAF Base Williams (Point Cook) 21 May 2017
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Museum will conduct an historic aircraft formation flypast at Point Cook on Sunday at approximately 2:45pm in support of an Australian Air Force Cadets parade. The historic aircraft flypast will consist of a formation of RAAF Winjeel and CT4 trainers and fly over at an altitude of 150 metres (500ft).

Army helicopters Sydney and Nowra June 2017
The Australian Defence Force will be conducting training in the Sydney and Nowra regions during the period 02 – 30 June 2017, involving Army helicopters. The helicopters flights will occur across both urban and rural area during the afternoon and evening generally concluding by 11:30pm.

Blackhawk helicopters Melbourne May 2017
The Australian Defence Force will be conducting simulated counter terrorism exercises at several locations around Melbourne during May 2017 involving Blackhawk helicopters. These exercises may occur during the night.

New England Area 15-31 May 2017
The Royal Australian Air Force operating from Williamtown and Amberley will be conducting a wide range of tactical flying exercises in the New England restricted areas.

Phase one between 16-19 May 2017 will be conducted in the vicinity of Tamworth. Exercises are expected to be conducted between 10:00 and 17:00 daily. Phase two between 22-30 May 2017 will be conducted in the vicinity of Lightning Ridge. Exercises are expected to be conducted in two, two hour periods over the day one in the morning and one in the afternoon or early evening. No flying on weekends.

Perth Airport 27 March to 1 June 2017
Due to works at Perth Airport the cross runway known as Runway 06/24 will be closed from 27 March to 1 June. More information can be found on the Perth Airport website.

Aerial Inspections by Essential Energy, New South Wales February to October 2017
Essential Energy will be conducting aerial inspections of the network at various places around NSW from February to October to identify faults or potential problems not visible from the ground. The schedule and further information can be found on the Essential Energy website.

United States Air Force (USAF) F-22 Raptors, Northern Territory
A squadron of United States Air Force (USAF) F-22 Raptors will be based at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Tindal and will engage in training activities with the RAAF. The USAF F-22s will also conduct short training visits to Townsville with the RAAF’s F/A-18A/B Hornets. The F-22s will be on public display at the Australian International Air Show in Avalon.

Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast residents now have the ability to track aircraft from Beeburrum in the south, to Kin Kin in the north using WebTrak.

Implementation of Smart Tracking procedures on Runway 16 at Melbourne Airport – 10 November 2016
To enable a wider range of aircraft to use Smart Tracking at Melbourne Airport, Airservices is implementing a new international standard Smart Tracking procedure on Runway 16 to improve safety, noise and emission outcomes for Melbourne Airport.

Perth Airport 2015 Changes to Flight Paths – Post Implementation Review
In March 2015, Airservices announced three proposals to change air traffic management for Perth Airport. Two of these proposals were implemented in 2015 once environmental assessment and community consultation processes were completed.

Airservices committed to conduct a review of each change not before 12 months after implementation to ensure that seasonal variation was taken into account. Preferred runways review Post Implementation Review – Perth Preferred Runways report has now been published and the introduction of Smart Tracking review report will be published by end December 2016. Post Implementation Review Terms of Reference for these changes is available.

Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement
The Federal Government has released the Environmental Impact Statement for the new Western Sydney Airport. Further information is available at the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Perth Airport aircraft noise validation study
The validation study shows on average there were 4.2 aircraft departures at a time that is likely to cause sleep disturbance. This number of flights exceeds Airservices assessment criterion (of three flights) for this proposal and therefore confirms the original conclusion that the initiative did not provide an overall noise improvement.

Airservices had previously indicated that if the validation confirmed the environmental modelling, this initiative would not be pursued further. We consider this flight path change initiative to now be closed. The Perth Airport aircraft noise validation study is now complete and a summary is available.

Darwin arrivals and departures – 26 May 2016
Airservices and Defence recently performed a regular review of the changes that were made in 2015 and identified some minor adjustments that are required to ensure the highest level of safety assurance is achieved and that aircraft are managed as efficiently as possible. These changes will come into effect on 26 May.

Perth Preferred Runways Environmental Assessment Summary – updated
The Perth Preferred Runways Environmental Assessment Summary has been updated in response to recommendations by the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman in the Investigation into complaints about the Perth noise improvement proposals November 2015

Buying or moving into a new home?

Think about the impact of aircraft noise at your new location. Find out more.

Fact sheets and information packs

Downloadable fact sheets and regional noise information packs are now available.

Noise Information Reports

Our noise information reports are now available.

Noise commitment

Airservices Commitment to Aircraft Noise Management informs the community and aviation industry on how it intends to address collaboratively the impact of aircraft noise and was released in early November 2013.