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.


Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT, 29 April 2016
Two C-130J Hercules will perform a series of flypasts over the Australian War Memorial between 10.58am and 11.30am on Friday 29 April in support of a dedication service. The first flypast will be from west to east directly across the Pond of Remembrance. The aircraft will then reposition for a second flypast flying directly overhead ANZAC Parade from Lake Burley Griffin towards the War Memorial. The aircraft will conduct these passes down to an altitude of 75 meters.

Air Show Wollongong Airport NSW 30 April – 1 May 2016
The Wings over Illawarra Air Show is being held on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May at the Wollongong Airport in Albion Park NSW. It will include aerobatics, formation flying,  helicopter flights and other flying displays.

Perth Airport Aircraft Noise Validation Study – Terms of Reference now available
The Terms of Reference for the Perth Airport Aircraft Noise Validation Study is now available. The report will be completed to Final Draft stage by 6 May 2016. An independent external review will be completed by 31 May 2016. The report will be published on the Proposed flight path changes in Perth page, in full or as a summary following the external review.

CASA Flight Safety Checks at QLD Aerodromes April 2016
Special flight path safety checks are being carried out by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority at 17
Queensland aerodromes in April 2016. These aerodromes are: Barcaldine, Bedourie, Birdsville, Blackall, Boulia, Charleville, Hughenden, Julia Creek, Longreach, Osborne Mine, Quilpie, Richmond, Sunshine Coast, The Monument, Trepell, Windorah and Winton. A twin-engine Cessna Conquest aircraft will be used to carry out the safety checks within an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodromes which will involve checking flight paths and navigation aids and also checking for any new obstacles. Some low level flying can be expected and an unusual flying pattern may be observed.

Perth, short-term changes to southern departure flight path
Airservices Australia will conduct a short-term operational change for some aircraft departing Perth Airport at night between mid-February and mid-April 2016. This coincides with Perth Airport runway closures, however there will be no impact due to the runway closure being during the day and the validation study conducted at night.

Perth Airport runway works 2016
Due to an upgrade of the infrastructure at the airport the main runway (03/21) and the cross runway (06/24) will be temporarily closed at different times from April to September. This is in addition to the normal maintenance program where the main runway is closed between 7:00 am and 12:00 pm every second Saturday morning. Full details of both these programs can be found on Perth Airport’s website

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

Brisbane Airport Runway Works 2016
Due to the overlay upgrade of the main Runway 01/19 at Brisbane Airport, the runway will operate with a displaced threshold during the night hours at times during the period March to September 2016. From 9 May to 30 September 2016 the runway will be fully closed from midnight to 5:00 am. Further information can be found on Brisbane Airport’s website.

Calibration testing of Navigation aids in Queensland in April 2016
A number of navigation aids will have calibration checks in April at various airports including Taroom, Gladstone, Hamilton Island, Townsville, Collinsville, Cairns, Brisbane, Camooweal, and Century Mine. Some low level flying can be expected and an unusual flying pattern may be observed.

Calibration testing of Navigation aids in Northern Territory and WA in April 2016
A number of navigation aids will have calibration checks in April at various airports including Borroloola, McArthur River Mine, Ngukurr, Tindal, Darwin and Argyle. Some low level flying can be expected and an unusual flying pattern may be observed.

Williamtown, NSW February to May 2016
RAAF aircraft will conduct operations on the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range from 1 February 2016. Aircraft are currently scheduled to operate on the range between 1 February to 2 March during the week days only. Fast jet aircraft are also scheduled to utilise the range from 2 May to 6 May, and 16 May to 20 May.

Gold Coast ILS approved by Minister – 25 January 2016
The former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon. Warren Truss MP, approved the installation of an instrument landing system (ILS) at Gold Coast Airport. Find out more on our ILS project page.

Western Sydney Airport Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The Federal Government has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the new airport in Western Sydney. It is now available for public comment.

Introduction of Smart Tracking at Perth Airport – 17 September 2015
Airservices is introducing Smart Tracking procedures at Perth Airport on 17 September 2015.  The new Smart Tracking arrival flight path is over the Perth Hills to the southeast of the airport.  The current visual approach will also be moved to replicate the new Smart Tracking flight path as part of Perth Noise Improvements 2015

Updated Smart Tracking procedures Brisbane Airport – 17 September 2015
Airservices is updating Smart Tracking procedures to enable a wider range of aircraft to use them at Brisbane Airport. This requires updating the flight paths that aircraft use when landing on Runway 01 (arrivals over the city to land at the southern end of the main runway) using Smart Tracking procedures. Updated procedures will be available from 17 September 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. More will be added soon.

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.