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.


Jet training at RAAF Base Richmond,NSW

Up to four F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet aircraft will be conducting circuit training including ‘touch-and-go’ landings at RAAF Base Richmond between 6 and 8pm Monday 21 July until Thursday 24 July.

This training will also include Instrument Landing System approaches, which assist pilots to land at night or in poor weather conditions. Residents should note that these dates and times are subject to change.

For further information on RAAF Williamtown flying activities ring RAAF Base Williamtown on 1800 033 200.


The Royal Australian Air Force will operate Hawk fighter aircraft from Tamworth Aerodrome during the period 4 to 29 August 2014. The aircraft will be conducting a range of tactical flying exercises. The operations will be conducted in areas to the north and east of Mudgee.


Elements of the Australian and international military forces operating from Darwin and Tindal will be conducting a wide range of tactical flying exercises across Northern Australia during the period 01 to 23 August 2014. The airspace will be activated in two blocks daily with not more than a total duration of 4 hours daily. An increase of military aircraft can be expected at both Darwin and Tindal airports.

Gloucester NSW

Intensive Glider operations will take place in the vicinity of Gloucester ALA between 02 – 10 August 2014.  Up to 12 Gliders will be operating between 08:00 and 18:00 daily.

New Bankstown arrival flight path

Airservices will change an existing flight path to Bankstown Airport from November 2014.  Find out more.

Amberley, Queensland

During the refurbishment of RAAF Amberley’s main runway aircraft will, under certain weather conditions, be utilising the secondary east-west runway.

This will result in some noise impacts under a new temporary flight path.  Some flights, primarily F/A18F Super Hornets, may takeoff towards the North East, tracking over the suburbs of Leichhardt, Wulkuraka and Karrabin, enroute to their training area. The suburb of One Mile may also be affected.

Runway refurbishment commenced on Monday 26 May and is anticipated to be completed by 31 July. Other than a planned fly past on Saturday 31 May, there will be no programmed F/A18F Super Hornet night or weekend flying during this period – flying activity will take place only during daylight hours Monday to Friday. For further information or queries, please call 1300 DEFENCE (1 300 333 3623) and ask to be connected to Amberley.

Townsville, Queensland

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the Army will be conducting a wide range of general flying, bombing and tactical exercises from 26 May 2014 until 29 July 2014 in the Townsville Field Training Areas. Participating aircraft will include F/A-18, BAe-127, Hercules, Orions, PC9, military helicopters and other supporting civil and military aircraft. An increase of aviation activity can be expected both at Townsville Airport and the military field training areas. Both fixed wing and helicopters will be engaged in night vision operations.

NSW southern and south-eastern areas

Essential Energy will be conducting line and pole inspections from April  to July in the NSW southern and south-eastern areas, using helicopters and light aircraft. This will involve some low flying by the aircraft.

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.

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.