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 over Martin Place, Sydney 2 September 2015

At 11.05 am on Wednesday 2 September, a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules will flypast the Martin Place Cenotaph as part of the ‘Battle for Australia Day’ commemorative service. The aircraft will approach the central business district from the Eastern suburbs at a height of approximately 600 metres.

Learmonth, WA 18-26 September 2015

Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) operating from Learmonth airport will conduct a range of tactical flying exercise activities within the Learmonth area and associated restricted areas to the west from 18-26 September 2015. Residents may notice an increase in aviation activity and slight changes due to the high level of air traffic.

Rockhampton, QLD 25 September to 28 November 2015

Military exercises will be conducted in the Shoalwater Bay Training Areas between 25 September and 28 November 2015. Significant deployment and redeployment of personnel and equipment will take place before and after the event.

Aircraft including F16, C130 transport and military helicopters will operate from Rockhampton Airport. The exercises will include live firing and unmanned aerial vehicles in the training areas and will occur both day and night. All aircraft will be involved in night vision operations.

Aerial Spraying Gold Coast 31 August to 1 September 2015

Aerial spraying for mosquitoes may be undertaken by the City Of Gold Coast on Monday 31st August and/or Tuesday 1st September 2015. Potential treatment areas will be Coombabah, Pimpama, Jacobs Well, Rocky Point, Helensvale, Coombabah Lake and the Moreton Bay islands.

Birdsville, QLD 2 to 7 September 2015

A large number of aircraft are expected to fly into and out of Birdsville over the period of 2–7 September due to the Birdsville Races. Residents can expect an increase in aviation activity.

Narromine, NSW 4 to 6 September 2015

The AusFly aviation event for recreational and sports aircraft will be held at Narromine Airport on 4–6 September. Flying displays will take place on Friday and Saturday from 1.30-3.30pm and include aerobatics, warbirds and vintage aircraft. More information on Ausfly 2015 

Perth, night-time departure trial

Airservices Australia has decided not to proceed with the proposed Perth night-time departure trial as the environmental assessment has concluded it would not result in an overall noise improvement.

Outback Air Race 23 August to 4 September, 2015

Twenty-six light aircraft will gather in Esperance Western Australia to commence the 2015 Outback Air Race on 23 August. The aircraft will fly via Forrest, Yulara, Alice Springs, Birdsville, Winton, Karumba, Cooktown then to Hamilton Island, finishing on 4 September. 

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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.