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.
RAAF aircraft over northwest NSW 18 – 22 May 2015
There will be flying activity in northwest NSW by RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets and F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from approximately 10.00am to 3.30pm from 18 May through to 22 May. The area to be over-flown is bounded by Inverell, Narrabri, Gunnedah, Coonabarabran, Baradine, Wee Waa, Warialda and Ashford.
Exercise Northern Phoenix 1-21 May in Darwin, NT
From 1-21 May 2015, the Australian Defence Force will be conducting ‘Exercise Northern Phoenix’ from RAAF Base Darwin. This exercise is usually conducted from Learmonth in WA but due to recent storm damage it is necessary to conduct this exercise from Darwin. Flying will commence on Monday 4 May with morning and afternoon waves. There will be no night flying. Only departures and arrivals will be conducted from Darwin, there will be no exercise flying over Darwin. Visit www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise/darwin for further information.
Gold Coast Airport proposed instrument landing system (ILS) major development plan
Gold Coast Airport Pty Ltd and Airservices are seeking feedback on the proposal to install an ILS at the airport. The ILS will assist aircraft landing in low visibility conditions and reduce the number of flights that are unable to land at Gold Coast during poor weather. The ILS will require a new flight path to be introduced over the Gold Coast which is aligned with the runway from around Surfers Paradise to the airport. Feedback must be provided in writing to the Gold Coast Airport. Further information is available on our website.
Evans Head Air Weapons Range NSW
RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets will use the Evans Head Air Weapons Range for the week from 27 April to 1 May 2015 to conduct training operations. It will also be used on 21 May 2015 for further training operations.
Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) after-hours message bank closure
The NCIS after-hours message bank facility will no longer be available from 2 April 2015. Complaints can still be lodged 24 hours a day using our online form or via WebTrak. Find out more about how to make a complaint.
Helicopter activity in NSW from March until July 2015
Endeavour Energy will undertake power line and pole inspections in NSW areas from 23 March till the 31 July 2015 (approximately). In the next month, North Sydney Basin, Penrith, Narellan, Picton, Wollongong, Nowra, Moss Vale and Ulladulla areas will be inspected. Other areas to be inspected are west of the Blue Mountains, including Lithgow and Mudgee and south of Sydney to Ulladulla and Nowra.
Ausgrid will undertake power line and pole inspections in the Upper and Lower Hunter areas, NSW, during this time. Inspections over parts of the Sydney Basin will be carried out in July.
Perth Noise Improvements 2015, WA
Airservices recently announced a number of proposed changes to improve noise outcomes for the Perth community. Find out more about the proposed changes and community information sessions.
Roleystone, WA flight path trial to remain in place permanently
Airservices undertook a trial change to a flight path south-east of Perth from 22 August 2013 for 12 months to cover normal seasonal variations. Find out more
A post implementation review has been undertaken and a report is now available. The report notes that community feedback demonstrates there was a noticeable benefit from the trial and that the change should become permanently implemented.
The new flight path has now been changed permanently.
Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Army will conduct a wide range of general flying, bombing and tactical exercises between 15 March – 1 June 2015 in the Townsville Field Training Areas. Aircraft will include F/A-18 Hornet, military helicopters, PC9 and supporting civil and military aircraft. There will be an increase in aviation activity at Townsville and in the Field Training Areas. Fixed wing and helicopters will also be engaged in Night Vision operations in the Field Training Areas.
Helicopter patrols of power infrastructure
Aerial patrols of power lines and poles are being undertaken by helicopters for Energex in SE Queensland from Gympie down to Coolangatta and west to Kilcoy and Gatton.
These will involve low flights by the helicopter and take place from March to July 2015.
Brisbane south departures – flight path change
Airservices is changing two departure flight paths from Brisbane Airport. One of the flight path changes is directly over Moreton Bay and the other change involves moving up to six flights a day from the south-eastern suburbs onto a long-established flight path to the north of the airport. This aims to increase airport runway capacity and potentially assist airlines to improve their on-time performance. Find out more.
Gold Coast – trial of flight path change – January 2015
Airservices will trial a flight path change that will direct jet departures from Runway 14 to the south-west to maximise tracking over the Banora Point Golf Course in January 2015. It aims to reduce noise impacts for nearby residents. Find out more.
Gold Coast Smart Tracking
Smart Tracking has been successfully trialled by some aircraft landing at Gold Coast Airport since 2008. To achieve the best aircraft safety, noise and emissions outcomes for the Gold Coast, Airservices is working towards making Smart Tracking technology permanently available for all suitable equipped aircraft landing at this airport. Find out more.
Modified flight path—Brisbane
Airservices will change an existing flight path that departs from Runway 19 at the southern end of Brisbane Airport. Find out more.
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. More will be added soon.
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.