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.


NSW Gloucester and Taree Areas

From 1 August – 9 August intensive glider operations will take place in the vicinty of Gloucester about 30NM from Taree.  Up to 12 gliders will operate between 10.00am – 6.00pm daily.

CASA Flight Safety Checks at SA, QLD & NT Aerodromes 6 to 15 August

CASA will be conducting flight safety checks at three South Australian, 11 Queensland and 11 Northern Territory aerodromes between 6 and 15 August 2015.  A twin-engine Cessna Conquest aircraft will be used to carry out the safety checks within an area up of 35 kilometeres 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.

The South Australian aerodromes to be checked are Coober Pedy, Marla and Oodnadatta. The Queensland aerodromes to be checked are Barcaldine, Bowen, Burketown, Camooweal, Charleville, Cooktown, Georgetown, Hughendon, Longreach, Mornington Island and Winton. The Northern Territory aerodromes to be checked are Alice Springs, Elcho Island, Gove, Groote Island, Jabiru,  Katherine/Tindal, Macarthur River Mine, Maningrida, Millingimbi, Ngukurr and Tennant Creek.

Richmond and Williamtown RAAF Bases 27 – 30 July 2015

Up to six F/A-18 aircraft will operate at Williamtown and Richmond RAAF Bases from 27 July through to 30 July between 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

Williamtown RAAF Base NSW 20 – 23 July 2015

Night flying will be occurring at RAAF Base Williamtown and surrounding suburbs by F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from 6:00pm – 10:00pm on Monday through to Thursday. If necessary this activity may also occur on Friday 24 July.

Richmond RAAF Base NSW 21 – 23 July 2015

From 6:00pm – 10:00pm on Tuesday through to Thursday, 21 – 23 July, there will be night flying by F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. If necessary this activity may also occur on Friday 24 July.

Salt Ash Air Weapons Range, NSW, training program

Training will be conducted at the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range near the Williamtown RAAF base on weekdays from 20 July through to 14 August 2015 by Hawk Lead-In Fighter aircraft.

Hornet aircraft will operate at the range from 17 to 21 August.

Queanbeyan – 10 June to 1 August 2015

Essential Energy will be undertaking power line surveys using a helicopter in the Queanbeyan region. For further information go to: Essential Energy – Aerial Inspection.

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 4 – 24 July 2015. Exercises are not planned to operate within 25nm of Darwin but they will include high speed low level military jets.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.