Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.

Aircraft noise

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.


News

Tamworth NSW 25 September 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at and around Tamworth Airport on Wednesday 25 September. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airport on this day.

Newcastle / Williamtown 24 September 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at and around the Newcastle / Williamtown RAAF Base Airport on Tuesday 24 September. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airport on this day.

Mildura VIC 17 September 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at and around Mildura Airport on Tuesday 17 September. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airport on this day.

Nowra NSW 17 & 18 September 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at and around Nowra Airport on Tuesday 17 September and Wednesday 18 September. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airport on these days.

Ballina & Kempsey NSW 19 September 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at and around Ballina Airport and Kempsey Airport on Thursday 19 September. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from these airports on this day.

Sydney NSW 21 & 22 September 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at and around Sydney Airport on Saturday 21 September and Sunday 22 September. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airport on these days.

Sydney and surrounding areas NSW September and October 2019
The Australian Defence Forces will conduct training exercises on Sydney Harbour and associated waterways from the Hawkesbury River to Port Hacking from mid-September to early October. Operations will occur both day and night and include a variety of vehicles and include unmanned aerial surveillance systems. Further information can be found on the Army website .

Melbourne Airport VIC 18 September 2019
Due to required runway maintenance the east/west runway at Melbourne Airport, Runway 09/27, will be closed on Wednesday 18 September between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm. All aircraft operations will occur on the north/south runway during this time.

Townsville QLD 13 Sep -05 Oct 2019
Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Army will participate in exercises over the period 13 Sept of 05 Oct 2019. The activity will include a wide range of general flying, bombing and tactical exercises in the Townsville Field Training Area (TFTA). Fixed and rotary wing aircraft will be engaged in night vision operations in the TFTA. Increased military operations at Townsville Airport are also expected.

North Peninsula Aerodrome Bamaga Far North QLD 17 Sept – 17 Oct 2019
The Australian Defence Force will be conducting activities at Northern Peninsula Airport (Bamaga) and in the vicinity of Cape York and the Torres Strait during the period 17 Sept to 17 Oct 2019. Residents can expect an increase in military flying in these areas, and the activities are expected between 20:00 and 06:00 local time. Overflight of populated/inhabited areas will be avoided.

Shoalwater Bay and Rockhampton QLD 24 Sept – 7 November 2019
Military exercises will be conducted in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) from 24 Sept to 7 Nov 2019. Significant deployment and redeployment of personnel and equipment will take place before and after the actual exercise period. Exercise aircraft will include C130 transport and military helicopters operating from Rockhampton aerodrome. The major exercise activities will occur in the SWBTA. These will include live firing from ground and airborne platforms. Aircraft will operate both day and night and use night vision goggles. Military aircraft will attempt to avoid known sensitive areas and areas of high density tourist aviation activity.

Canberra, Sydney, and New South Wales September 2019
The Australian Defence Forces will conduct training exercises in both Canberra and Sydney, and in the vicinity of Bathurst, Hunter Valley (including Newcastle and Singleton), Jervis Bay and Orange in September 2019. As part of the training military helicopters and unmanned aerial surveillance systems may operate during both day and night in these areas. Further information can be found on the Army website.

Western Australia August and September 2019
The Australian Defence Forces will conduct training exercises in the south-western areas of Western Australia in August and September, both day and night. Unmanned aerial surveillance systems will be used as part of the training. Further information can be found on the Army website.

Sydney NSW August and September 2019
The Australian Defence Forces will conduct training exercises in areas around Sydney including Botany Bay, Jervis Bay, Sydney Harbour, and Georges River areas in August and September. This will occur both day and night and include unmanned aerial surveillance systems. Further information can be found on the Army website.

Air Force activity on Salt Ash Air Weapons Range NSW July to November 2019
The Air Force has advised a training schedule for operations at the range, located to the northeast of Williamtown RAAF Base, between July and November 2019. These will include Hawk Lead-In Fighter aircraft, F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft, and PC-9 aircraft. The aircraft will operate at the range on weekdays only. Further information can be found on the Air Force website.

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.


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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.

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.