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.
For more information about proposed flight path changes around Australia visit the Flight path changes page on our website.
Northern New South Wales 19 & 20 February 2019
The Tweed Shire Council will undertake aerial spraying for mosquitoes on Tuesday 19 February and Wednesday 20 February, weather permitting. The affected areas include Tumbulgum, Cobaki, Bilambil and Terranora areas.
Melbourne Airport 23 to 25 February 2019
Due to required maintenance work at Melbourne Airport, the north/south runway, Runway 16/34, will be closed each early morning from Saturday 23 February to Monday 25 February between the hours of 01:30am to 05:45am each day. All air traffic will operate on the east/west runway during this period.
Melbourne Airport 19 February 2019
Due to required runway maintenance at Melbourne Airport the east /west runway, Runway 09/27, will be closed on Tuesday 19 February between 11am and 3:30pm. All air traffic will be operating on the north /south runway during this period.
RAAF Base Williamtown and Tea Gardens, NSW 18 to 24 February 2019
Air Force fighter aircraft will conduct practice displays around RAAF Base Williamtown and north of Tea Gardens in the week commencing 18 February, in preparation for the Australian International Airshow held in Avalon later in the month. The aircraft will depart for Avalon VIC on Sunday 24 February. further information can be found on the Air Force website .
Gold Coast areas 19 & 20 February 2019
The City of Gold Coast Council will undertake aerial spraying for mosquitoes on Tuesday 19 February and Wednesday 20 February between 6:30am and 6:00pm, weather permitting. The affected areas include Coombabah, Pimpama, Jacobs Well, Rocky Point, Helensvale, Arundel, Hope Island, Oyster Cove, Coombabah Lake and the Bay islands.
RAAF Base East Sale VIC 18 to 20 February 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation safety checks at and around RAAF Base East Sale between Monday 18 February and Wednesday 20 February. A twin-engine aircraft may be observed flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airport.
Corowa NSW 20 February 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation safety checks at and around Corowa Airport on Wednesday 20 February. A twin-engine aircraft may be observed flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airport.
Sydney, New South Wales areas, Canberra and ACT region 4 February to 15 March 2019
Up to five Black Hawk helicopters will fly over the Sydney, Mudgee, Newcastle, Bega, Wollongong and Canberra regions between 4 February and 15 March as part of a training course. The flights will occur during the afternoon and evening up to 11:30pm, with some low flying expected. Further information can be found on the Army website.
Perth Basin WA 4 Feb – 11 Mar 2019
The Australian Defence Force will conduct a large range of military exercises across the Western Australia Exercise Area (WAXA) over the period 4 Feb to 11 Mar 2019. Military helicopters, fast jet and maritime patrol aircraft will conduct a wide range of tactical flying activities in the area, including low level operations and live firing activities.
Avalon International Airshow VIC 19 Feb – 5 Mar 2019
The biennial Australian International Airshow will be held at Avalon Airport during the period 19 Feb to 5 Mar 2019. There will be an increase of aviation activity in the Avalon and Point Cook areas. Residents will notice changes to some flight operations to and from the airport as special requirements have been implemented to manage the increase in air traffic. Air displays by both military and civil aircraft are expected.
Air Force activity on Salt Ash Air Weapons Range NSW February to June 2019
The Air Force has advised a training schedule for operations at the range, located to the northeast of Williamtown RAAF Base, between February and June 2019. These will include Hawk Lead-In Fighter aircraft and PC-9 aircraft. Further information can be found on the Department of Defence website.
Release of review into processes associated with aircraft noise management April 2018
As part of proactive approach to managing issues associated with implementing flight path changes, Airservices has completed an internal review into its processes associated with aircraft noise management. This internal process review was conducted to provide an assessment of performance against key policy and procedural documents and provide recommendations for improvement. This review identified 29 actions, all of which were implemented by the end of March 2018. This report will form part of Airservices commitment to continuous improvement and inform the management of the introduction of flight path changes into the future.
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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.
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.