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.


Cobaki and Terranora, NSW 11 February 2016
Tweed Shire Council will carry out aerial spraying for mosquitoes in the Cobaki and Terranora areas on Thursday 11 February weather permitting, and this will involve low-level flying.

Canberra 11 February 2016
Up to 3 F/A-18A Hornets will conduct two low level flypasts over the RAAF Hughie Edwards VC memorial in Canberra as part of the 3 Squadron Association Centennial Dedication Service between 11:15am and 11:45am on Thursday 11 February.

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.

Nowra, Sydney and Canberra areas 8 February  to 18 March 2016
Up to five Black Hawk helicopters will fly over the Nowra, Sydney and Canberra areas during the period 8 February to 18 March 2016 as part of an ADF training exercise. The flights will occur during the afternoon and evening and should finish by approximately 11:30pm. Some of the flights will be lower than normal.

CASA Flight Safety Checks at NSW, VIC and SA Aerodromes February 2016
CASA will be conducting flight safety checks at 10 NSW aerodromes, at 7 VIC aerodromes, and at one SA aerodrome, between 13 and 19 February 2016. 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.

The aerodromes being checked are: Albury, Cootamundra, Griffith, Hay, Moruya, Narrandera, Nowra, Temora, West Wyalong and Young in NSW; Ballarat, Bendigo, Hamilton, Mangalore, Nhill, Wangaratta and Warracknabeal in VIC, and Naracoorte in SA.

Darwin 8 February to 12 February 2016
A United States Air Force (USAF) B-52 aircraft will be conducting training activities in the Northern Territory and landing at RAAF Base Darwin between 8 February and 12 February.

Canberra and ACT 4 February to 25 February 2016
ActewAGL is carrying out helicopter inspections of overhead powerlines across parts of the ACT. Helicopters will operate at approximately 350-500 feet (around 110-150 metres) in rural areas and above 1000 feet (around 310 metres) in urban areas. The helicopter also takes high resolution pole top images in high bushfire prone (rural) areas to assess the pole top condition. For more information or enquiries about the helicopter patrol ActewAGL can be contacted on 02 6248 3555.

Perth Webtrak outage
Perth Webtrak is currently experiencing a radar outage. We are working to rectify this and expect normal services to be restored soon.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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. 

Sydney, Wollongong and surrounding areas 1 – 11 February 2016
Army Black Hawk helicopters will conduct a training exercise overhead Sydney, Wollongong and surrounding areas during the period 1 to 11 February. This may involve some low flights during the afternoon and evening, concluding at approximately 11:30pm.

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

RAAF Bases Pearce WA, Tindal NT and Williamtown NSW
RAAF fast jet aircraft have commenced flying training for 2016. A large proportion of these operations take place over the ocean, however some overland training will also occur. Further information on RAAF flying operations can be found via their website.

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.