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. Its role involves:
- ensuring that flight departures and arrivals are designed to minimise noise impacts on communities around airports
- 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 also undertakes periodic reviews of existing noise abatement procedures at airports. Airservices publishes reports on these trials and reviews, which are available on airport information pages.
Airservices Commitment to Aircraft Noise Management informs the community and aviation industry on how it intends to address collaboratively the impact of aircraft noise.
The aviation industry has developed a website with more information on aircraft noise view here.
Temora 28-30 March
Antique aircraft from all over Australia will descend on Temora airfield from Friday 28 March for the weekend to celebrate the Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia’s 40 years of operation.
Perth, Western Australia 15 March at 6pm
Qantas will conduct a one-hour flight for charity on 15 March between 6-7pm over Perth city to Rottnest Island return. The flight is for the Kalparrin organisation, which helps families of children with special needs, and may also track along the coast.
The flight over the city will be at 1500 ft with reduced thrust and slow speed and may include an orbit around the CBD.
Gladstone instrument landing system (ILS)
Gladstone Airport has commissioned Airservices to install an ILS on Runway 10. The purpose of the system is to assist safe aircraft navigation around the thermal updrafts that will occur above the Curtis Island gas plants as well as improving reliability at the airport. The new procedure will require a flight path that will track close to the town of Yarwun. This area already experiences aircraft noise and overall levels of aircraft noise at Yarwun will not change much, though there may be a noticeable increase in the level of noise from the loudest aircraft approaching for landing. For more information, please contact the Noise Complaints and Information Service
Melbourne Grand Prix 13 – 16 March 2014
There will be displays by the RAAF Roulettes and F/A18 fly-overs at the Melbourne Grand Prix.
The Roulettes will be flying each day at the following times:
Thursday 1:15pm – 1:30pm
Friday 12:00 – 12:15pm
Saturday 1:30pm – 1:45pm
Sunday 3:40pm – 3:55pm
The F/A18 fly-over will be on:
Friday 3:55pm – 4:05pm [practice flight] Saturday 4:30pm – 4:40pm
Sunday 4:10pm – 4:20pm
Army helicopter training over Sydney 21 February – 5 March 2014
Up to five Black Hawk helicopters will conduct training activities over Sydney and surrounding areas during the afternoons and evenings, normally finishing by 11:30pm.
Venues and dates:
Middle Head – Friday, 21 February and Wednesday, 5 March
Glenbrook – Monday, 24 February
Olympic Park – Tuesday, 25 February
Parramatta CBD – Wednesday, 26 February
Please note locations and timings are subject to change.
Tyabb Airshow: Sunday 9 March
There will be an Airshow at Tyabb Airstrip on Sunday March 9 from midday until 4:00pm.
Many old and vintage aircraft will be flying in to take part in the Airshow, which is commemorating the progress of the aircraft over the last century. Many aircraft are expected to arrive on the Saturday prior to the show, with a practise by the display aircraft to the west of the field on the Saturday.
Number 76 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is operating Hawk fighter aircraft from Tamworth aerodrome and will conduct a range of tactical flying exercises in the Williamtown Restricted Areas during the period 17 Feb to 14 Mar 2014. Residents can expect an in increase in aircraft activity at Tamworth and areas to the south west and north west of Quirindi.
Airservices Australia is currently conducting a short term monitoring program around the Gold Coast which commenced on 2 September 2013.
With the exception of Palm Beach all of the locations were suggested by community representatives via the Gold Coast Airport Noise Abatement Consultative Committee to gather data to assess particular issues.
The locations are Kingscliff (two monitors), Banora Point, East Banora and Palm Beach. A separate six month monitoring program is being carried out at Fingal Head to gather data on seasonal variations. The exact location address of the noise monitor is not released for privacy reasons.
Modified flight path trial – Roleystone, WA
Airservices has worked closely with the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman to identify potential noise improvement opportunities for the region. Following consultation with the Perth Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group (CAGG) and Noise Management Consultative Committee (ANMCC) community forums, Airservices will trial a modified flight path that is designed to reduce aircraft noise for some suburbs to the south-east of the city.
For one year, from 22 August 2013, Airservices is trialling the change to a flight path that is designed to reduce aircraft noise for some suburbs to the south-east of the city.
Some aircraft arriving from the north to land at the southern end of the runways at Perth Airport fly over high-density residential areas including Roleystone, Bickley, Byford, Carmel and Martin. During the trial, the modified flight path will be further east to reduce the number of aircraft flying over residential suburbs. This means that the flight path will be closer to Karragullen, Pickering Brook and Bickley East.
Airservices will review the trial, after the 12 months, before deciding whether to make the change permanent. This will include an assessment of the noise impacts of the moved flight path. For more information.
RAAF trialling new procedure at Williamtown, NSW
The RAAF are trialling a new procedure for providing information to residents who may be affected by RAAF flights in the Williamtown area.
A map is available that provides local Williamtown residents with information, on a monthly basis, on where and when the RAAF will be flying. The aim is to provide the latest information on flights from RAAF Base Williamtown in key areas such as low flying areas. It will not provide information on every military flight.
Cairns Airport is trialling a number of locations, on the airport, to assess the suitability for noise minimisation in different weather conditions to enable high engine power runs.
Airservices will also be working with helicopter operators to reduce noise measures at the helipad near the Esplanade.
Sunshine Coast Airport
Almost all helicopter flights from Sunshine Coast Airport after 10pm are for emergency and rescue purposes.
Modified flight path trial Roleystone, WA.
For one year, from 22 August 2013, we will trial the change to a flight path south-east of Perth. 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.