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.


Hercules Formation Training, NSW

The RAAF will conduct tactical formation training across Sydney and regional NSW on Thursday 17 May.

The Hercules will depart Richmond between 7.30 am and 8.20 am and proceed to the Central West of NSW and the Illawarra before tracking along the coast to Sydney. The formation will then fly over Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River between 10-10.30 am before tracking to the Blue Mountains and returning to Richmond at 11 am.

Albion Park NSW

The Wings over Illawarra Air Show  will be held on Sunday 4 May 2014. Gates will open to the public from 9 am until 5 pm, with air displays held between 10.30 am and 3.30 pm. Types of aircraft involved will include general aviation, warbirds, helicopters, ex-military jets and current Defence Force aircraft including F/A-18 and large Navy helicopters.

There will be an increase in air activity in the area as aircraft arrive and depart for the event between 3-5 May. Additionally, a 90-minute practice period for jet aircraft will be held on Saturday 3 May between 2.30-4 pm.

NSW southern and south-eastern areas

Essential Energy will be conducting line and pole inspections from April  to July in the NSW southern and south-eastern areas, using helicopters and light aircraft. This will involve some low flying by the aircraft.

NSW Sydney Basin and Blue Mountains

Endeavour Energy will be conducting line and pole inspections from April  to June in the Sydney Basin and Blue Mountains, using helicopters. This may involve some low flying and occasionally a helicopter hovering over an area.

Temora/Forbes NSW

NATFLY 2014 will occur over Easter 17-20 April 2014. An increase in associated air traffic can be expected. Types of aircraft will include general aviation aircraft, gyroplanes, gliders, war birds, aero modellers and powered parachutes. Air displays will occur on Fri 18 and Sat 19 between 12:00 and 13:00. Associated Hang glider operations will occur within 100nm of Forbes aerodrome.

Jindabyne NSW

Jindabyne Airport Open day will occur on 26-27 April 2014. An increase in associated air traffic can be expected.

Gladstone instrument landing system (ILS), Qld

Gladstone Airport has commissioned Airservices to install an ILS on Runway 10. The purpose of the system is to assist safe aircraft navigation around the thermal updrafts that will occur above the Curtis Island gas plants as well as improving reliability at the airport.

The new procedure will require a flight path that will track close to the town of Yarwun. This area already experiences aircraft noise  and overall levels of aircraft noise at Yarwun will not change much, though there may be a noticeable increase in the level of noise from the loudest aircraft approaching for landing. For more information, please contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service 

Gold Coast, Qld

Airservices Australia is currently conducting a short-term monitoring program around the Gold Coast which commenced on 2 September 2013.

With the exception of Palm Beach, all chosen locations  were suggested by community representatives via the Gold Coast Airport Noise Abatement Consultative Committee in order to gather data to assess particular issues.

The locations are Kingscliff (two monitors), Banora Point, East Banora and Palm Beach. A separate six month monitoring program is being carried out at Fingal Head to gather data on seasonal variations. The exact location address of the noise monitor cannot be released for privacy reasons.

Modified flight path trial – Roleystone, WA

Airservices has worked closely with the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman to identify potential noise improvement opportunities for the region. Following consultation with the Perth Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group (CAGG) and Noise Management Consultative Committee (ANMCC) community forums, Airservices will trial a modified flight path that is designed to reduce aircraft noise for some suburbs to the south-east of the city.

For one year, from 22 August 2013, Airservices is trialling the change to a flight path that is designed to reduce aircraft noise for some suburbs to the south-east of the city.

Some aircraft arriving from the north to land at the southern end of the runways at Perth Airport fly over high-density residential areas including Roleystone, Bickley, Byford, Carmel and Martin. During the trial, the modified flight path will be further east to reduce the number of aircraft flying over residential suburbs. This means that the flight path will be closer to Karragullen, Pickering Brook and Bickley East.

Airservices will review the trial, after the 12 months, before deciding whether to make the change permanent. This will include an assessment of the noise impacts of the moved flight path. For more information.

RAAF trialling new procedure at Williamtown, NSW

The RAAF are trialling a new procedure for providing information to residents who may be affected by RAAF flights in the Williamtown area.

A map is available that provides local Williamtown residents with information on where and when the RAAF will be flying on a monthly basis. The aim is to provide the latest information on flights from RAAF Base Williamtown in key areas such as low flying areas. It will not provide information on every military flight.

Cairns Airport

Cairns Airport is trialling a number of locations, on the airport, to assess the suitability for noise minimisation in different weather conditions to enable high engine power runs.

Airservices will also be working with helicopter operators to reduce noise measures at the helipad near the Esplanade.

Sunshine Coast Airport, Qld

Almost all helicopter flights from Sunshine Coast Airport after 10 pm are for emergency and rescue purposes.

Modified flight path trial Roleystone, WA.

For one year, from 22 August 2013,  we will trial the change to a flight path south-east of Perth. 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.

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.