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

Sydney, Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast – mid July to mid August 2016
The Australian Defence Force personnel will conduct simulated counter-terrorism training at a number of locations in Sydney, Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast from mid July to mid August 2016. This will involve Black Hawk helicopters at times flying at low levels. Further information can be found on the Australian Army website.

Flight Safety Checks in West Australia 29 July to 4 August 2016
Flight path safety checks will be carried out by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority at a number of aerodromes in West Australia from 29 July to 4 August. Safety checks will entail flying in an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodrome, checking flight paths and navigation aids and also checking for any new obstacles. Some low level flying can be expected. The aerodromes to be checked are Beermullah, Curtin, Geraldton, Karratha, and Pearce.

Flight Safety Checks at Darwin and Alice Springs 5 to 7 August 2016
Flight path safety checks will be carried out by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority at Darwin and Alice Springs aerodromes from 5 to 7 August. Safety checks will entail flying in an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodrome, checking flight paths and navigation aids and also checking for any new obstacles. Some low level flying can be expected.

Flight Safety Checks in Queensland 31 July to 8 August 2016
Flight path safety checks will be carried out by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority at a number of aerodromes in Queensland from 31 July to 8 August. Safety checks will entail flying in an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodrome, checking flight paths and navigation aids and also checking for any new obstacles. Some low level flying can be expected. The aerodromes to be checked are Aurukun, Amberley, Burketown, Century Mine, Cloncurry, Cooktown, Coen, Cunnamulla, Doomadgee, Horn Island, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Mornington Island, Mount Isa, Normanton, Northern Peninsula, Pormpuraaw, Saibai Island, Weipa, and Yorke Island.

Gloucester NSW 30 July to 7 August 2016
There will be intensive glider operations at Gloucester authorised landing area, which is approximately 30 nautical miles from Taree, daily from 8am to 6pm between 30 July to & August.

Perth Airport aircraft noise validation study
The validation study shows on average there were 4.2 aircraft departures at a time that is likely to cause sleep disturbance. This number of flights exceeds Airservices assessment criterion (of three flights) for this proposal and therefore confirms the original conclusion that the initiative did not provide an overall noise improvement.

Airservices had previously indicated that if the validation confirmed the environmental modelling, this initiative would not be pursued further. We consider this flight path change initiative to now be closed. The Perth Airport aircraft noise validation study is now complete and a summary is available.

Perth Airport 2015 Changes to Flight Paths – Post Implementation Review Terms of Reference
In March 2015, Airservices announced three proposals to change air traffic management for Perth Airport. Two of these proposals were implemented in 2015 once environmental assessment and community consultation processes were completed.
Airservices committed to conduct a review of each change not before 12 months after implementation to ensure that seasonal variation was taken into account. Preferred runways review report will be published by end September 2016 and the introduction of Smart Tracking review report will be published by end December 2016. Post Implementation Review Terms of Reference for these changes is now available.

Darwin NT 11 – 29 July 2016
Elements of Australian and International military forces will be conducting a number of military training exercises prior to the commencement of Exercise Pitch Black. The exercises involve a wide range of tactical flying exercises across Northern Australia, with aircraft operating from Darwin and Tindal. While there will be an increase in military traffic at Darwin Airport, exercise activity is not planned to occur within 25nm of Darwin.

Adelaide SA 28 July – 11 August 2016
The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) will conduct airborne experimental trials over Adelaide and Gulf of St Vincent. Aircraft will operate between 1 000 and 25 000 feet and flights are planned to be over a four hour duration.

Darwin arrivals and departures, 26 May 2016
Airservices and Defence recently performed a regular review of the changes that were made in 2015 and identified some minor adjustments that are required to ensure the highest level of safety assurance is achieved and that aircraft are managed as efficiently as possible. These changes will come into effect on 26 May.

Change to Noise Complaints and Information Service contact methods from 10 June 2016
From Friday 10 June complaints and enquiries lodged via email will be required to use our online form. This will ensure that we have all the relevant information to provide you with a timely response.

Perth Airport runway works 2016
Due to an upgrade of the infrastructure at the airport the main runway (03/21) and the cross runway (06/24) will be temporarily closed at different times from April to September. This is in addition to the normal maintenance program where the main runway is closed between 7am and 12pm every second Saturday morning. Full details of both these programs can be found on Perth Airport’s website

Perth Preferred Runways Environmental Assessment Summary – updated
The Perth Preferred Runways Environmental Assessment Summary has been updated in response to recommendations by the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman in the Investigation into complaints about the Perth noise improvement proposals November 2015

Brisbane Airport Runway Works 2016
Due to the overlay upgrade of the main Runway 01/19 at Brisbane Airport, the runway will operate with a displaced threshold during the night hours at times during the period March to September 2016. From 9 May to 30 September the runway will be fully closed from midnight to 5 am. Further information can be found on Brisbane Airport’s website.

Gold Coast ILS approved by Minister – 25 January 2016
The former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon. Warren Truss MP, approved the installation of an instrument landing system (ILS) at Gold Coast Airport. Find out more on our ILS project page.

Western Sydney Airport Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The Federal Government has released the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the new airport in Western Sydney. It is now available for public comment.

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.