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.
Gold Coast Airport area – 11 December 2014
There will be aerial spraying for mosquitoes in areas around the Gold Coast Airport on Thursday 11 December 2014. This will involve aircraft flying at a low level.
Should weather conditions be unfavourable the spraying will take place at a later date.
Noise Complaints and Information Service – Christmas Shutdown Period – 19 December 2014 to 5 January 2015
The Noise Complaints and Information Service will be closed for the Christmas period from Friday 19 December 2014 until Monday 5 January 2015. Inquiries and complaints can still be lodged during this time via WebTrak, the online form, email, letter or fax. We will respond to you as quickly as possible when we return, however we ask for your patience as this may take longer than normal.
Possible increase in flights over Brisbane city during summer months
The Brisbane area has recently experienced some severe weather conditions, with a high risk of it continuing over the summer months. These storms often involve southerly winds, resulting in aircraft having to take off towards the south. This means that more aircraft may fly over the city during the summer months than normal.
Helicopter activity over Christmas period
During December and January, a number of major events are taking place across the country. As a result, there may be an increase in helicopter activity over major city centre venues providing television coverage.
Belmont Airport NSW
Belmont Airport, in the Lake Macquarie area near Newcastle, the previous base of Aeropelican Air Services, has reopened. Operations from the airport include light aircraft and helicopter operations as well as skydiving.
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport – commencement of operations
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, located 17 kilometres west of Toowoomba’s CBD has commenced operations.
For further information go to the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport page.
Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force and the Army will conduct a wide range of general flying, bombing and tactical exercises during the period 13 Nov – Dec 2014 in the Townsville Field Training Area. Aircraft will include F/A-18, BAe-127, KC-30A, B350, PC 9 and military helicopters. There will be an increase of aviation activity in the Field Training Area, an increase of military activity at Townsville Airport and both fixed wing and helicopters will engage in Night Vision Operations in the Field Training Area.
Due to maintenance requirements Runway 05/23 will be closed from 23:00 to 05:00 from Sunday 9 November to Monday 15 December (except Saturday nights). Where possible aircraft will use the smaller runway 12/30 during this time.
The Defence Science and Technology Organisation will conduct experimental activity over the Adelaide CBD and surrounding areas during the period 04 Nov – Dec 2014. The activity will take place for approximately 4 hours two days each week and will be at high altitude. At times lower altitudes (4000 feet) may be required.
Brisbane south departures – flight path change – December 2014
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 – November 2014
Smart Tracking has been successfully trialled by some aircraft landing at Gold Coast Airport since 2008. To achieve the best aicraft 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.
Realigned flight path at Mildura
At the request of the airport, navigation aids at Mildura Airport have been replaced and relocated 800 metres to the west of the main runway. As a result, four flight paths are being realigned. Find out more.
Modified flight path—Brisbane, QLD 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, NSW, arrival flight path—November 2014
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 Airport Community Aviation Forum (previously known as the Perth Community Aviation Consultation Group) 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.