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.


Flight safety checks in New South Wales and Queensland in August

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will use a twin-engine Cessna Conquest aircraft to conduct flight safety checks at two NSW airports and 16 regional Queensland airports in August.

Queensland’s airports to be checked are Bundaberg, Chinchilla, Clermont, Emerald, Gayndah, Gladstone, Hervey Bay, Kingaroy, Mackay, Maryborough, Moranbah, Rockhampton, Roma, Sunshine Coast, Taroom and Thangool.

NSW’s airports to be checked are Williamtown (Newcastle) and Wollongong.

The low-level flights will be within a 35 km radius of the airport and as low as several hundred feet.

The flights will check flight paths and ensure navigation aids are operational and not suffering interference. They will also be looking for any new obstacles that could be a danger to aviation safety.

Local residents may notice an uncommon flying pattern, but this is to make sure obstacles are accurately marked on charts and no new obstacles exist.


An F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force will conduct a five-minute handling display at Mindil Beach on Thursday 14 August 2014. The activity will take place for crowds attending the Mindil Beach Sunset Market.


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.

Darwin NT

Between 25.08 and 12.09.2014 elements of the RAAF, RAN and foreign defence forces will be conducting a wide range of tactical flying and naval firing exercises off the North Coast of Australia; both to the east and west of Darwin. An increase of military activity can be expected at both Darwin and Tindal airports.

Modified flight path – Brisbane December 2014

Airservices will change an existing flight path that departs from Runway 19 at the southern end of Brisbane Airport. Find out more.

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.

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.