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 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.
ANZAC Day 25 April 2015
At various locations around the country there will be flypasts by military aircraft to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC Day. This will involve low level flying and in some cases formation -flying by a variety of aircraft.
Evans Head Air Weapons Range NSW
RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets will use the Evans Head Air Weapons Range for the week from 27 April to 1 May 2015 to conduct training operations. It will also be used on 21 May 2015 for further training operations.
Air Show Wollongong NSW 2-3 May 2015
The Wings over Illwarra Air Show will be held at the Wollongong (Illawarra Regional) Airport at Albion Park Rail, NSW on Saturday 2 May and Sunday 3 May 2015. There will be both military and civilian aircraft on display with air displays from various aircraft from 11:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday and from 10:30am to 3:30pm on Sunday.
Black Hawks Sydney area 21 April 2015
The Australian Defence Forrce will use Army Black Hawk helicopters to conduct helicopter training activities in the Mosman area and at Holsworthy Barracks on the evening of Tuesday 21 April 2015, between approximately 9:00-11:00pm.
Aerial Spraying Gold Coast 22 – 23 April 2015
Aerial spraying for mosquitoes will be undertaken by the City of Gold Coast on Wednesday 22 April and Thursday 23 April 2015. Treatment areas will be Coombabah, Pimpama, Jacobs Well, Rocky Point, Helensvale, Coombabah Lake and the Bay Islands.
Roulettes in Western Australia 15 to 25 April 2015
The RAAF Roulettes will perform at various locations in WA between 15- 25 April.
On 15 April at 5.00pm the Roulettes will perform an aerial display at Kalgoorlie.
On 18 April the Roulettes will perform in Perth. At 11:00am there will be an aerial display over the Swan River, and at 4:30pm there will be a flypast of the Perth CBD.
On 25 April the Roulettes will perform at eight separate Anzac Day ceremonies and events, with flypasts in Yarloop, Bunbury, Busselton, Nannup, Bridgetown, Walpole, Mt Barker and Albany.
Flypast Port Hacking area NSW 19 April 2015
On 19 April, as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of ANZAC day, there will be a flypast by two aircraft, a Nanchang and a YAK52, in formation along the Port Hacking area. The aircraft will track from the coast past Bundeena and Lilli Pilli before tracking back to the coast. The aircraft will be at 500 or 1000ft AMSL.
CASA Flight Safety Checks at VIC, TAS and NSW Aerodromes 20-28 April 2015
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will be conducting flight safety checks at seven Victorian, nine Tasmanian and one New South Wales aerodromes between 20-28 April 2015. A twin-engine Cessna Conquest aircraft will be used to carry out the safety checks within an area up to 35 kilometres 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.
Victorian aerodromes to be checked are Bairnsdale, East Sale, West Sale, Latrobe Valley, Mallacoota, Orbost and Yarram.
Tasmanian aerodromes to be checked are Devonport, Flinders Island, Hobart, King Island, Launceston, Smithton, St Helens, Strahan and Wynyard.
The NSW aerodrome to be checked is Merimbula.
Warren NSW 15 – 17 April 2015
A number of military C130 Hercules aircraft will undertake training flights from RAAF Richmond into Warren airfield, which is approximately 50 km northwest of Dubbo, NSW, on Wednesday 15 April, Thursday 16 April, and Friday 17 April. A number of landings will be conducted and some parachutists will also be dropped into a local farm. These activities may occur both day and night.
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
A 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.
Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Army will conduct a wide range of general flying, bombing and tactical exercises between 15 March – 1 June 2015 in the Townsville Field Training Areas. Aircraft will include F/A-18 Hornet, military helicopters, PC9 and supporting civil and military aircraft. There will be an increase in aviation activity at Townsville and in the Field Training Areas. Fixed wing and helicopters will also be engaged in Night Vision operations in the Field Training Areas.
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.
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.