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.


Night operations Hunter region, New South Wales 5 – 7 October 2015

Up to four F/A-18 Hornet aircraft will conduct high-altitude night flying operations around the Hunter region  on  Monday through to Wednesday  5-7 October. These flights may continue through the night and into the following day.

Cultanta Training Areas SA 5 October – 2 November 2015

The Australian Army will be  conducting exercises in the Cultana Training areas during the period 5 October – 2 November 2015. The exercise will include armed reconnaissance helicopters and F/A-18 aircraft conducting live fire missions.

Country New South Wales and Victoria 6 – 8 October 2015

Up to six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft will conduct low-level training missions throughout country NSW and coastal Victoria between Tuesday to Thursday  6-8 October. The route will extend from Tumut and the Snowy Mountains through to Mount Buller.

Bathurst NSW Mount Panorama Races 8 – 11 October 2015

During the period 8-11 October 2015 a lage number of air traffic movements are expected at Bathurst aerodrome and at Mount Panorama. Residents can expect an increase in all types of air traffic, including helicopter activity, F/A-18 Hornet flypasts and RAAF Roulettes displays.

Nhill, Victoria 10 October 2015

An air show will be held on Saturday 10 October at Nhill airport to commemorate 75 years since the RAAF started using the airfield during WWII.  The air show will include a range of flying displays including the RAAF Roulettes and other aerobatic aircraft, and vintage aircraft.

Night operations Edinburgh area South Australia 12 – 16 October 2015

Up to four F/A-18 Hornet aircraft will conduct high-altitude night flying operations  around RAAF Base Edinburgh and surrounding areas from Monday through to Friday 12 – 16- October. These flights may continue through the night and into the following day.

Tamworth Area NSW 12 October – 6 November 2015

Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will be operating Hawk fighter aircraft from Tamworth aerodrome during the period 12 October – 6 November 2015. These aircraft will be conducting a range of tactical flying exercises in the Williamtown restricted area and the temporary restricted and danger areas to the southwest of Tamworth.

Townsville, QLD 12 – 30 October 2015

Thre will be an increase in military aircraft activity at Townsville Airport and surrounding areas due to the military exercise Black Dagger from 12 – 30 October.

Edinburgh and Woomera South Australia 30 September – 23 October 2015

From 30 September to 23 October a number of RAAF aircraft, including a C-17 Globemaster, a C-130 Hercules and F/A-18 Hornets will conduct training activities during both day and night between Edinburgh and Woomera.

Perth Airport Fridays to Sundays 9 October – 29 November 2015

The main runway at Perth Airport (Runway 03/21) will be temporarily closed between 7.30am and 5.30pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday from Friday 9 October until Sunday 29 November, to allow for essential maintenance. Due to this there will be increased traffic on Runway 06/24 during these times.

CASA Flight Safety Checks at WA Aerodromes October 2015

CASA will be conducting flight safety checks at 27 West Australian aerodromes between 4 and 16 October 2015. A twin-engine Cessna Conquest aircraft will be used to carry out the safety checks with an area of up to 35 kilometres from the aerodromes which will involve checking flight paths and navigation aids and also checking for any new obstacles.  Some low level flying can be expected and an unusual flying pattern may be observed.

The aerodromes being checked are: Cunderdin, Bellevue, Darlot, Degrussa, Geraldton, Golden Grove, Jundee, Laverton, Leinster, Leonora, Manjimup, Meekatharra, Morawa, Mt Keith, Mt Magnet, Murray Field, Murrin Murrin, Newman, Norseman, Pearce, Perth, Jandakot, Rottnest Island, Southern Cross, Tropicana, Warburton, and Wiluna.

RAAF Day and Night Flying, NSW 28 September to 9 October 2015

Up to eight Hawk 127 jets will be conducting day and night flying operations until approximately 11.00pm in country NSW Monday to Friday, 28 September to 9 October. The aircraft will do low-level flying in the vicinity of Gulgong, Coolah, Mendooran and Binnaway, and also operate at medium-level altitudes in the area bounded by Richmond, Mudgee, Connabarabran, Gunnedah and Scone.

Puckapunyal VIC 21 – 22 October 2015

The Australian Army will be conducting exercises in the Puckapunyal military training areas during the period 21 – 22 October 2015. The exercises will include armed reconnaissance helicopters and F/A-18 aircraft conducting live fire missions.

Introduction of Smart Tracking at Perth Airport – 17 September 2015

Airservices is introducing Smart Tracking procedures at Perth Airport on 17 September 2015.  The new Smart Tracking arrival flight path is over the Perth Hills to the southeast of the airport.  The current visual approach will also be moved to replicate the new Smart Tracking flight path as part of Perth Noise Improvements 2015

Updated Smart Tracking procedures Brisbane Airport – 17 September 2015

Airservices is updating Smart Tracking procedures to enable a wider range of aircraft to use them at Brisbane Airport. This requires updating the flight paths that aircraft use when landing on Runway 01 (arrivals over the city to land at the southern end of the main runway) using Smart Tracking procedures. Updated procedures will be available from 17 September 2015.

Adelaide 14 September to 15 october

The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) will conduct experimental activity over the Adelaide CDB and surrounding areas during the period 14 September to 15 October 2015. The aircraft will operate between 1000 feet and 25 000 feet.

Airservices Complaints Management System upgrade

Airservices will be upgrading its Noise Complaints Management System in the coming months – dates to be confirmed.

During this two-week period, lodging enquiries and complaints can be done through WebTrak, online form and in writing.  No manned telephone or message service will be available.

Responses to enquiries and complaints lodged during this time could take longer than our usual 21 days (up to five weeks).  Noise Complaints and Information Service staff will be migrating data and undertaking training on the new system.

Airservices thanks you for your patience and understanding as this vital work is undertaken to improve our system.

Rockhampton, QLD 25 September to 28 November 2015

Military exercises will be conducted in the Shoalwater Bay Training Areas between 25 September and 28 November 2015. Significant deployment and redeployment of personnel and equipment will take place before and after the event.

Aircraft including F16, C130 transport and military helicopters will operate from Rockhampton Airport. The exercises will include live firing and unmanned aerial vehicles in the training areas and will occur both day and night. All aircraft will be involved in night vision operations.

Perth, night-time departure trial

Airservices Australia has decided not to proceed with the proposed Perth night-time departure trial as the environmental assessment has concluded it would not result in an overall noise improvement.

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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.

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.