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.
For more information about proposed flight path changes around Australia visit the Flight path changes page on our website.
Gold Coast area 22 and 23 January 2020
Low level aerial operations will be undertaken between 6:00am and 6:00pm on Wednesday 22 January and Thursday 23 January for mosquito-prevention spraying. Areas affected will be Arundel, the Bay islands, Coombabah, Coombabah Lake, Coomera Waters, Helensvale, Hope Island, Jacobs Well, Pimpama, Rocky Point, and Oyster Cove.
Gold Coast area 20 and 21 January 2020
Low level mosquito spray will occur between 06:00 and 18:00 on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 January 2020. Areas affected will be Arundel, the Bay islands, Coombabah, Coombabah Lake, Coomera Waters, Helensvale, Hope Island, Jacobs Well, Pimpama, Rocky Point, and Oyster Cove
Cobaki, Bilambil and Pottsville Northern NSW 20 to 23 January 2020
The Tweed Shire Council will undertake aerial treatment for mosquitoes between Monday 20 January and Thursday 23 January, weather permitting. The areas to be treated include Cobaki, Bilambil and Pottsville. Low-level flying will be involved.
Salt Ash Air Weapons Range NSW February & March 2020
Air Force aircraft will conduct training at the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range, located approximately 6 km from RAAF Williamtown Base, commencing on Monday 3 February and continuing into March. Operations are scheduled on weekdays only and are subject to change at short notice due to weather or operational considerations. A number of aircraft types will be involved. Further information can be found on the Air Force website.
Sydney NSW Australia Day Celebrations
Airspace restrictions for the Australia Day Celebrations may concentrate aircraft over the harbour vicinity resulting in an increased disturbance for local residents. Flypasts will occur between 12:00 and 14:10 and will include three RAAF F/A-18 hornet aircraft, a QANTAS A380 or B787, NAVY Seahawk helicopters flag towing and ARMY Red Beret Parachute display at Farm Cove.
RAAF F/A-18 Hornet aircraft will also fly over Parramatta Park.
Melbourne Airport 20 to 25 January 2020
Due to required works at the airport the east /west runway, Runway 09/27, will be closed between 10pm and 5:45am commencing at 10pm on Monday 20 January and finishing on Saturday 25 January at 5:45am. All aircraft will operate on the north /south runway during these times.
Release of review into processes associated with aircraft noise management April 2018
As part of proactive approach to managing issues associated with implementing flight path changes, Airservices has completed an internal review into its processes associated with aircraft noise management. This internal process review was conducted to provide an assessment of performance against key policy and procedural documents and provide recommendations for improvement. This review identified 29 actions, all of which were implemented by the end of March 2018. This report will form part of Airservices commitment to continuous improvement and inform the management of the introduction of flight path changes into the future.
Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood portal for greater Sydney basin
Our new interactive portal incorporating suburb-based information and data for suburbs within the greater Sydney basin is now live: Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood. This portal replaces previous reporting on aircraft operations and complaints in this region. The portal will be progressively expanded to cover other metropolitan areas over the coming years.
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.
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.