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

Aircraft noise

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.


News

Recent flight path changes at Hobart Airport
Airservices introduced flight path changes at Hobart Airport on 14 September 2017. These changes were made to organise aircraft movements onto standard routes. For more information, please click here.

Gold Coast QLD 20-22 October 2017
Due to the Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar event residents can expect an increase in air traffic in and around the Macintosh Island area. There will be an increase in helicopter activity and other aircraft involved in air displays. Due to the requirements of this event other areas of the Gold Coast may notice aircraft utilising different flight paths to avoid the area.

Gold Coast area QLD 18 – 20 October 2017
Aerial treatment for mosquitos will be conducted weather permitting in the Tumbulgum, Cobaki, Bilambil, Terranora , Koala Beach and Pottsville areas.

Melbourne VIC 18 October 2017
Runway 09/27 will be closed for maintenance between 10:00 and 15:30, this will lead to a concentration of aircraft to the north and south of the airport.

Sydney NSW 20 October 2017
The Qantas B787 Dreamliner will arrive at Sydney. Prior to its arrival it will overfly Sydney Harbour between 06:30 and 07:00. There will be an increase of media helicopters in the area for this event.

Airshow at Narromine Aerodrome NSW 21 October 2017
A number of aeronautical displays will occur at the air show to be held at Narromine Airfield on 21 October 2017. These will include Military, War Bird and aerobatic displays.

Rathmines Catalina Festival NSW 29 October 2017
Central Coast local residents may notice increased seaplane activity at and around the Rathmines area as part of the Rathmines Catalina Festival on Sunday 29 October.

Flight validation checks Brisbane Airport QLD 19 to 20 October 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path and navigation aid validation and safety checks at Brisbane Airport on Thursday 19 October and Friday 20 October. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed around the airport.

Flight validation checks Essendon Airport VIC 16 October 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path and navigation aid validation and safety checks at Essendon Airport on Monday 16 October. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed around the airport.

Flight validation checks Kununurra and Argyle WA 23 October 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path and navigation aid validation and safety checks at and around Kununurra and Argyle aerodromes on Monday 23 October. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed around the aerodromes.

Flight validation checks various airports Northern Territory 19 to 25 October 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path and navigation aid validation and safety checks at Darwin and Tindal Airports between Thursday 19 October and Sunday 22 October; and at Hooker Creek on 25 October 2017. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed around the aerodromes.

Melbourne Airport VIC 13 to 16 October 2017
Due to required runway maintenance works the north-south runway, Runway 16/34, will be closed between 1:30am and 5:30am on Friday 13 October, Sunday 15 October and Monday 16 October, and between 1:50am and 5:30am on Saturday 14 October. Residents to the east and west of the airport may notice an increase in traffic during these times.

Kokoda Track Victory Flypast Bass Hill NSW 28 October 2017
A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Globemaster C-17A aircraft will conduct a flypast over the Kokoda Track Victory Service being held on Saturday 28 October at the corner of the Hume Highway and Miller Road, in Bass Hill NSW. The aircraft will conduct the flypast at approximately midday after an approach to Sydney Airport, from which it will track to the service at and on descent from 1000ft. It will fly over the service in an East to West direction at a height not below 300ft, then track to the north-west towards Richmond RAAF Base.

Townsville QLD 2 Oct-21 October 2017
Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Army will conduct a wide range of general flying, bombing and tactical exercises in the Townsville Field Training Areas (TFTA). Operations will involve increased operations in the TFTA including fixed and rotor wing operations engaged in night vision operations.

Scherger Cape York FNQLD 9-23 October 2017
Elements of the Australian Defence Force will be conducting a range of exercises activities. Residents in the area can expect an increase in aircraft operations.

Rockhampton area QLD 25 Oct-11 November 2017
Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Army will conduct a wide range of general flying and live joint firing exercises in the Shoalwater Bay Training areas. Residents may notice an increase in military operations in the Rockhampton and Mackay areas.

Salt Ash Air Weapons Range NSW 30 October to 3 November 2017
Jet aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown will conduct training at the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range from Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November 2017.

Rockhampton QLD 31 August to 14 October 2017
Defence Forces will conduct a wide range of exercise activities in the Shoalwater Bay Training Areas (SWBTA). Activities will include C130 transport and military helicopters operating from Rockhampton airport. Live firing will also occur in the SWBTA. C130 low level training will also occur.

Aerial Inspections by Essential Energy, New South Wales February to October 2017
Essential Energy will be conducting aerial inspections of the network at various places around NSW from February to October to identify faults or potential problems not visible from the ground. The schedule and further information can be found on the Essential Energy website.

Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast residents now have the ability to track aircraft from Beeburrum in the south, to Kin Kin in the north using WebTrak.

Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement
The Federal Government has released the Environmental Impact Statement for the new Western Sydney Airport. Further information is available at the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

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.

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.