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.
Brisbane Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders Summit – 15 and 16 November 2014
The 2014 G20 Leaders Summit will be held on 15 and 16 November in Brisbane and will be the most significant meeting of world leaders Australia has hosted. As a result, there is expected to be an increase in air traffic at Brisbane Airport. Find out more information on our G20 page.
Birdsville Races, 3-8 September
Due to the Birdsville Races from 3-8 September, an increase of aircraft activity can be expected in the Birdsville area. Large number of aircraft are expected.
Darwin – Naval exercises
Between 25 August and 12 September, elements of the RAAF, RAN and foreign defence forces will be conducting a wide range of tactical flying and naval firing exercises off the North Coast of Australia; both to the east and west of Darwin. An increase of military activity can be expected at both Darwin and Tindal airports.
Flight safety checks in New South Wales and Queensland in August
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will use a twin-engine Cessna Conquest aircraft to conduct flight safety checks at two NSW airports and 16 regional Queensland airports in August.
Queensland’s airports to be checked are Bundaberg, Chinchilla, Clermont, Emerald, Gayndah, Gladstone, Hervey Bay, Kingaroy, Mackay, Maryborough, Moranbah, Rockhampton, Roma, Sunshine Coast, Taroom and Thangool.
NSW’s airports to be checked are Williamtown (Newcastle) and Wollongong.
The low-level flights will be within a 35 km radius of the airport and as low as several hundred feet.
The flights will check flight paths and ensure navigation aids are operational and not suffering interference. They will also be looking for any new obstacles that could be a danger to aviation safety.
Local residents may notice an uncommon flying pattern, but this is to make sure obstacles are accurately marked on charts and no new obstacles exist.
Canberra ACT and NSW regions – power line inspections
Canberra and surrounding locations including Queanbeyan, Bungendore and Gundaroo, will be subject to aerial patrols inspecting power lines and poles in August. A small helicopters will be flying at low altitudes and slowly while the inspections are carried out.
Tamworth/Mudgee – flying exercises
The Royal Australian Air Force will operate Hawk fighter aircraft from Tamworth Aerodrome during the period 4 to 29 August 2014. The aircraft will be conducting a range of tactical flying exercises. The operations will be conducted in areas to the north and east of Mudgee.
Williamtown, NSW – military training
During September and October 2014 military aircraft from RAAF Base Willilamtown will conduct weapons delivery training at Salt Ash Air Weapons Range
Residents living in East Medowie, Salt Ash and Lemon Tree Passage may be affected by this activity.
Members of the community can get further information on 1800 033 200 or go to the Royal Australian Air Force’s website.
Training at Richmond, NSW
Australian Defence Force personnel and United States Marines will conduct parachuting and land mobility training at Richmond RAAF base from Thursday 28 August until Sunday 31 August 2014.
The training will involve the use of military aircraft and land vehicles.
Modified flight path – Brisbane December 2014
Airservices will change an existing flight path that departs from Runway 19 at the southern end of Brisbane Airport. Find out more.
New Bankstown arrival flight path
Airservices will change an existing flight path to Bankstown Airport from November 2014. Find out more.
Modified flight path trial Roleystone, WA.
For one year, from 22 August 2013, there has been a trial to change a portion of a flight path south-east of Perth. Find out more
The modified flight path trial is finishing the one-year trial on 22 August 2014. A post implementation review will take place and while that is in progress the trial route will continue to be used.
A Post Implementation Review report will be produced which will be made available to the public on the Airservices Australia website for comment.
At a later stage and in consultation with the Perth Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG) a decision on the future of the trial flight path will be made.
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.
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.