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

Melbourne VIC 22 June 2017
Runway 09/27 will be closed for required maintenance between 10:00 and 15:30. Residents to the north and south of the aerodrome may notice an increase in aircraft movements.

Townsville QLD 7-9 July 2017
Due to the V8 Supercar event residents will notice an increase of aviation activity over Townsville city. This will include air displays, helicopter operation, parachuting operations and scenic flights. Helicopter operations will occur at Townsville Rugby Oval during daylight hours.

Melbourne VIC 21 June 2017
Due to required maintenance work, runway 16/34 will be closed from 00:30 to 04:30 on 21 June 2017. Residents to the east and west of the airport may notice an increase in air traffic during this period.

Lismore NSW 17 June 2017
A number of aircraft will conduct displays including aerobatics over the Lismore Airport area as part of the Lismore Aviation Expo 2017 on 17 June. A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster III will also do a flypast during the day.

Hobart 8-18 June 2017
As part of the local arts festival in Hobart, a helicopter will be hovering over the city precinct for up to half an hour each day, approaching last light. The helicopter will be broadcasting very loud wailing voices, as part of the festival activities.

Darwin and Tindal Military areas NT 5-28 June 2017
Elements of the Australian and International military forces will be conducting a wide range of tactical flying exercises from Darwin and Tindal aerodromes. Residents can expect an increase in military aircraft flying at these aerodromes. There will be no flying on weekends or Friday afternoons. Flying will occur for two, three hour periods morning and afternoon. For 19-23 June the flying will occur for two three hour periods in the afternoon and evening.

Townsville and Shoalwater Bay Military areas QLD 25 June-25 July 2017
Elements of the Australian and International military forces will be conducting a wide range of tactical exercises in the vicinity of Townsville and Shoalwater Bay. Residents can expect an increase in military aircraft at Townsville and Rockhampton aerodromes.

Darwin and Tindal Military areas NT 25 June-25 July 2017
Elements of the Australian and International military forces will be conducting a wide range of tactical flying exercises from Darwin and Tindal aerodromes. Residents can expect an increase in military aircraft flying at these aerodromes.

Aerial Inspections by AUSNET Victoria June 2017
AUSNET will be conducting aerial inspections of the electricity network in east and south east Victoria during June. Further information can be found on the AUSNET website.

Flight validation checks Christmas Island, Cocos Island and West Australian Airports June 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path validation safety checks at Christmas Island and Cocos Island aerodromes and 25 West Australian aerodromes between 1 and 18 June. A twin-engine aircraft will conduct a series of low-level flights to check flight paths and navigation aids and also check for any new obstacles within an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodromes. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed. The West Australian aerodromes being checked are Balgo Hill, Barimunya, Barrow Island, Boolgeeda, Broome, Carnarvon, Christmas Creek, Coondewanna, Curtin, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Fortescue Dave Forrest, Ginbata, Halls Creek, Karratha, Learmonth, Lombadina, Newman, Nifty, Onslow, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland, Solomon, Telfer and West Angelas.

Army helicopters Sydney and Nowra June 2017
The Australian Defence Force will be conducting training in the Sydney and Nowra regions during the period 02 – 30 June 2017, involving Army helicopters. The helicopters flights will occur across both urban and rural area during the afternoon and evening generally concluding by 11:30pm.

Aerial Inspections by Essential Energy, New South Wales February to October 2017
Essential Energy will be conducting aerial inspections of the network at various places around NSW from February to October to identify faults or potential problems not visible from the ground. The schedule and further information can be found on the Essential Energy website.

Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast residents now have the ability to track aircraft from Beeburrum in the south, to Kin Kin in the north using WebTrak.

Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement
The Federal Government has released the Environmental Impact Statement for the new Western Sydney Airport. Further information is available at the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

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.

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.