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

Northern NSW areas 15 to 17 October 2019

The Tweed Shire Council will be undertaking aerial treatment for mosquitoes in the Cobaki, Bilambil and Terranora areas this afternoon, Wednesday the 16th and Thursday the 17th of October, weather permitting. Local residents may notice an aircraft flying low over these areas.

Melbourne Airport VIC 16 to 26 October 2019

Due to required runway and taxiway works the east /west runway, Runway 09/27, will be closed each night Monday to Saturday from 10:00pm to 05:45am commencing 16 October and finishing on 26 October.

Gold Coast, Maryborough and Sunshine Coast QLD 18 October 2019 The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at and around Gold Coast, Maryborough, and Sunshine Coast airports on Friday 18 October. Residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from these airports on this day.

Brisbane QLD 19 and 20 October 2019 The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at and around Brisbane Airport on Saturday 19 October and Sunday 20 October. Residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airport on these days.

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

Narromine NSW 17 to 20 October 2019
Local residents may notice an increase in aviation activity in the vicinity of Narromine Airport between 17 to 20 October. A fly-in and air displays as well as joy flights will occur at Narromine Airport during this period with practise of the air displays occurring on Friday 18 October at 5pm, and the main displays occurring on Saturday 19 October from 2pm. Further information can be found on the AusFly website.

Picton, Singleton and Hunter Valley, NSW October 2019
The Australian Defence Force will be undertaking a training exercise in and around Picton, Singleton and the Hunter Valley areas of New South Wales. The training will occur both day and night and residents may notice military helicopters and other vehicles in these areas. Further information can be found on the Army website.

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.

Bankstown and Richmond NSW 14 and 15 October 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at and around Bankstown Airport on Monday 14 October and at and around Richmond Airport on Tuesday 15 October. Residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airports on these days.

Helicopter Landing Sites NSW 14 to 16 October 2019
During the period 14 to 16 October revalidation procedures will take place at the following Helicopter Landing Sites in NSW in approximately the following order: Westmead Hospital, Gosford Hospital, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle Westpac Base, Maclean Hospital, Merriwa Hospital, Wolgan Valley, Lithgow Hospital and Wollongong Hospital. Local residents may notice unusual activities around these landing sites on these days.

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.

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.