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

Aircraft noise

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.


News

Edinburgh SA 25 November 2019 The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at and around the RAAF Base Edinburgh Airport on Monday 25 November. Residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airport on this day.

Melbourne Airport VIC 19 to 23 November 2019 Due to required runway and taxiway works the east /west runway, Runway 09/27, will be closed each night on Tuesday 19 November, Thursday 21 November  and Friday 22 November from 10:00pm to 05:45am the next morning. Aircraft will operate on the north /south runway, Runway 16/34, during this time.

Greater Perth area WA November 2019 Australian Defence Forces will conduct training exercises from mid-November to late-November in the greater Perth area. The training will occur both day and night and will involve unmanned aerial surveillance systems. Further information can be found on the Army website.

Newcastle NSW 23-24 November 2019

The 2019 Coates Hire 500 V8 Supercar Event will be held in Newcastle on 23 and 24 November 2019. Military aircraft will be conducting flypasts and manoeuvres in conjunction with the event. Displays will occur on both days and will occur for a maximum of 60 minutes.

Brisbane QLD November 2019

Australian and International Defence Forces will conduct training exercises in Brisbane, Sydney, and Wollongong in mid to late November, both day and night. Equipment used in the training will include unmanned aerial surveillance systems. Further information can be found on the Army website.

Sydney and Wollongong NSW November 2019

Australian and International Defence Forces will conduct training exercises in Brisbane, Sydney, and Wollongong in mid to late November, both day and night. Equipment used in the training will include unmanned aerial surveillance systems. Further information can be found on the Army website.

Williamtown NSW and Amberley QLD 19 to 22 November

Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will be conducting military fast jet operations in the Williamtown and Amberley restricted areas over the period 19 to 22 November. Flying will occur between 14:00 and 16:00 on 19 to 21 November and 12:00 and 14:00 on the 22 November. Residents can expect an increase in military activity at both Williamtown and Amberley aerodromes as well as the training areas.

Townsville QLD 18 Nov – 5 Dec 2019

Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will participate in a wide range of general flying, bombing and tactical exercises in the Townsville Airspace restricted areas, over the period 18 November to 5 December 2019. Increased aviation activity in the restricted areas and increased military operations at Townsville Airport will occur.

Air Force activity on Salt Ash Air Weapons Range NSW July to November 2019
The Air Force has advised a training schedule for operations at the range, located to the northeast of Williamtown RAAF Base, between July and November 2019. These will include Hawk Lead-In Fighter aircraft, F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft, and PC-9 aircraft. The aircraft will operate at the range on weekdays only. Further information can be found on the Air Force website.

Sydney, Hunter Valley, Lithgow, Picton and Wollongong NSW October & November 2019

The Australian Defence Force will be undertaking training exercises in and around western Sydney, the Hunter Valley, Lithgow, Picton and Wollongong areas of New South Wales from late-October to late-November. The training will be conducted during the day and night and involves military helicopters.

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.

Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood portal for greater Sydney basin
Our new interactive portal incorporating suburb-based information and data for suburbs within the greater Sydney basin is now live: Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood. This portal replaces previous reporting on aircraft operations and complaints in this region. The portal will be progressively expanded to cover other metropolitan areas over the coming years.


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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.

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.