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.


Flypast at Coogee, Sydney on 25 November for White Ribbon Day

Two C-130 Hercules RAAF aircraft will conduct a flypast over Coogee and coastal Sydney on 25 November in support of White Ribbon Day.

At approximately 8:15am, the Hercules formation will fly over Grant Reserve in Coogee, south to north. The formation will make another pass over Grant Reserve from the same direction before departing to the north.

The aircraft will fly no lower than 75 metres above ground level and will be timed to coincide with Sydney’s White Ribbon Walk being organised by the NSW Police Force and Randwick City Council. One of the aircraft will feature a 4.6-metre tall white ribbon painted on its tail.

Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport – commencement of operations

Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, located 17 kilometres west of Toowoomba’s CBD  has commenced operations.  Chartered flights have been using the airport from Tuesday 11 November, with scheduled passenger flights from Monday 17 November 2014.

For further information go to the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport page.

Townsville QLD

Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force and the Army will conduct a wide range of general flying, bombing and tactical exercises during the period 13 Nov – Dec 2014 in the Townsville Field Training Area. Aircraft will include F/A-18, BAe-127, KC-30A, B350, PC 9 and military helicopters. There will be an increase of aviation activity in the Field Training Area, an increase of military activity at Townsville Airport and both fixed wing and helicopters will engage in Night Vision Operations in the Field Training Area.


Due to maintenance requirements Runway 05/23 will be closed from 23:00 to 05:00 from Sunday 9 November to Monday 15 December (except Saturday nights). Where possible aircraft will use the smaller runway 12/30 during this time.

The Defence Science and Technology Organisation will conduct experimental activity over the Adelaide CBD and surrounding areas during the period 04 Nov –  Dec 2014. The activity will take place for approximately 4 hours two days each week and will be at high altitude. At times lower altitudes (4000 feet) may be required.

Brisbane south departures – flight path change – December 2014

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 – December 2014

Airservices is trialling 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.  It aims to reduce noise impacts for nearby residents. Find out more.

Gold Coast Smart Tracking – November 2014

Smart Tracking has been successfully trialled by some aircraft landing at Gold Coast Airport since 2008.  To achieve the best aicraft 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.

Perth Airport

Essential work is being carried out on the main runway (03/21) and the associated taxiway system from 12 October until 30 November 2014, which has resulted in Runway 03 having a displaced threshold. This may result in the cross runway being used more often and some aircraft departing to the north off Runway 03 may be lower than usual.

Realigned flight path at Mildura VIC—November 2014

At the request of the airport, navigation aids at Mildura Airport have been replaced and relocated 800 metres to the west of the main runway. As a result, four flight paths are being realigned. Find out more.

Modified flight path—Brisbane, QLD December 2014

Airservices will change an existing flight path that departs from Runway 19 at the southern end of Brisbane Airport. Find out more.

New Bankstown, NSW, arrival flight path—November 2014

Airservices will change an existing flight path to Bankstown Airport from November 2014.  Find out more.

Modified flight path trial Roleystone, WA

For one year, from 22 August 2013,  there has been a trial to change a portion of a flight path south-east of Perth. Find out more

The modified flight path trial is finishing the one-year trial on 22 August 2014. A post implementation review will take place and while that is in progress the trial route will continue to be used.

A Post Implementation Review report will be produced which will be made available to the public on the Airservices Australia website for comment.

At a later stage and in consultation with the Perth Airport Community Aviation Forum (previously known as the Perth Community Aviation Consultation Group) a decision on the future of the trial flight path will be made.

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.