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.


Northern Territory

The Australian Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and international military forces will be operating from Darwin, Tindal and seaborne platforms to conduct a wide range of tactical flying exercises across the Northern Territory during the period 04 – 24 July 2015. Exercises are not planned to operate within 25nm of Darwin but they will include high speed low level miliary jets.

Canberra, ACT: Friday 3 July

From 10 am on 3 July, a large number of aircraft representing the Air Force fleet will conduct flypasts during the Change of Command ceremony for the Air Force, where Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO, will officially hand over command of the RAAF to Air Marshal Leo Davies, AO CSC. The aircraft will approach from the south and fly low over the King’s Avenue Bridge and Russell Offices at Sir Thomas Blamey Square.

Rockhampton and Shoalwater Bay: 1-19 July

During Talisman Sabre military exercise, a large number of military planes will be flying in the Shoalwater Bay Training area, and to and from the Rockhampton Airport.

Adelaide Airport – main runway closed for maintenance 11pm Saturday 18 July to 4.30pm Sunday 19 July (weather dependent)

Adelaide Airport main runway will be closed for scheduled runway maintenance from 11pm Saturday 18 July to 4.30am Sunday 19 July (weather dependent). The cross runway will be used for permitted curfew operations during this time. This may result in those residents living underneath the approach path of the cross runways noticing unfamiliar aircraft noise.

Operations in the curfew are normally directed to use the runway and operate over the ocean. Use of the cross runway for curfew operations is only necessary in irregular instances like this.

Perth, Smart Tracking implementation

As part of the proposed changes in Perth as we look for opportunities for noise improvements, is the introduction of satellite-assisted navigation technology, or Smart Tracking, for aircraft arriving from the eastern side of Perth Airport to land at the southern of the main runway.  This will require establishing a new flight path over the Perth Hills to the south-east of the airport which will move aircraft further away from some residential areas located there.  The current visual arrival flight path will be moved to the Smart Tracking corridor.

Implementation of Smart Tracking was originally planned for 25 June 2015, however it is now proposed for later this year due to a delay in the procedure’s design process.

Airservices is undertaking community consultation on the proposed changes, with the next community drop-in information sessions to be held in Canning Vale on 11 and 12 August including a Chinese-speaking session. Further information on times and venues will be available on our website when arrangements are finalised. Additional sessions will be held as required.

Community drop-in information sessions were held during May in South Perth, Guildford, Maddington and Gosnells.

Gold Coast Airport proposed instrument landing system (ILS) major development plan

Gold Coast Airport Pty Ltd and Airservices are seeking feedback on the proposal to install an ILS at the airport. The ILS will assist aircraft landing in low visibility conditions and reduce the number of flights that are unable to land at Gold Coast during poor weather. The ILS will require a new flight path to be introduced over the Gold Coast which is aligned with the runway from around Surfers Paradise to the airport. Feedback must be provided in writing to the Gold Coast Airport. Further information is available on our website.

Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) after-hours message bank closure

The NCIS after-hours message bank facility will no longer be available from 2 April 2015. Complaints can still be lodged 24 hours a day using our online form or via WebTrak. Find out more about how to make a complaint.

Helicopter activity in NSW from March until July 2015

Endeavour Energy will undertake power line and pole inspections in NSW areas from 23 March till the 31 July 2015 (approximately). In the next month, North Sydney Basin, Penrith, Narellan, Picton, Wollongong, Nowra, Moss Vale and Ulladulla areas will be inspected.  Other areas to be inspected are west of the Blue Mountains, including Lithgow and Mudgee and south of Sydney to Ulladulla and Nowra.

Ausgrid will undertake power line and pole inspections in the Upper and Lower Hunter areas, NSW, during this time. Inspections over parts of the Sydney Basin will be carried out in July.

Perth Noise Improvements 2015, WA

Airservices recently announced a number of proposed changes to improve noise outcomes for the Perth community. Find out more about the proposed changes and community information sessions.

Roleystone, WA flight path trial to remain in place permanently

Airservices undertook a trial change to a flight path south-east of Perth from 22 August 2013 for 12 months to cover normal seasonal variations. Find out more

post implementation review has been undertaken and a report is now available. The report notes that community feedback demonstrates there was a noticeable benefit from the trial and that the change should become permanently implemented.

The new flight path has now been changed permanently.

Helicopter patrols of power infrastructure

Aerial patrols of power lines and poles are being undertaken by helicopters for Energex in SE Queensland from Gympie down to Coolangatta and west to Kilcoy and Gatton.

These will involve low flights by the helicopter and take place from March to July 2015.

Brisbane south departures – flight path change

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 – January 2015

Airservices will trial 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 in January 2015.  It aims to reduce noise impacts for nearby residents. Find out more.

Gold Coast Smart Tracking

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

Modified flight path—Brisbane

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