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.
Melbourne Airport VIC 21 September 2017
Due to required runway maintenance work, Runway 09/27 will be closed from 10am to 3:30pm on Thursday 21 September. Residents to the north and south of the airport may notice an increase in air traffic during this period.
Flight validation checks various airport New South Wales 30 September to 8 October 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path validation safety checks at and around a number of airports in New South Wales between Saturday 30 September and Sunday 8 October. The airports to be checked are Armidale, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Coonabarabran, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Inverell, Moree, Narrabri, Tamworth, Tibooburra, and Walgett. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed around the aerodromes.
Flight validation checks various airport Queensland and South Australia 30 September to 8 October 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path validation safety checks at and around a number of airports in Queensland and at Moomba in South Australia between Saturday 30 September and Sunday 8 October. The Queensland airports to be checked are Ballera, Cunnamulla, Goondiwindi, St George, and Thargomindah. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed around the aerodromes.
Flight validation checks Williamtown/Newcastle and Tamworth Airports NSW 19 September 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path and navigation validation safety checks at and around the Williamtown / Newcastle Airport and Tamworth Airport on Tuesday 19 September. A twin-engine aircraft will conduct a series of low-level flights to check the flight paths and navigation aids and will also check for any new obstacles within an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodromes. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed.
Royal Australian Air Force Balloon Tour South Australia 13 to 22 September 2017
A number of South Australian towns will be visited by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Balloon with flights over a number of the towns. Towns include Renmark, Bordertown, Murray Bridge, Port Augusta, Ceduna and Clare. More information can be found on the RAAF website.
Melbourne Airport VIC 15 to 18 September 2017
Due to required maintenance work, Runway 16/34 will be closed each early morning between 15 September and 18 September between 00:30am and 4:30am, commencing at 00:30am on Friday 15 September and finishing at 4:30am on Monday 18 September. Residents to the east and west of the airport may notice an increase in air traffic during these periods.
Salt Ash Air Weapons Range NSW 30 October to 3 November 2017
Jet aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown will conduct training at the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range from Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November 2017.
Darwin and Tindal NT 4 to 21 September 2017
Elements of Australian military forces will be operating from Darwin and conducting tactical flying firing exercises across northern Australia. Exercises are not planned within 25nm of Darwin, however residents may notice an increase of military activity at Darwin and Tindal airports. Where possible areas known as sensitive or high density tourist aviation areas will be avoided.
Puckapunyal Areas VIC 27 to 28 September 2017
The Australian Army will be conducting exercises in the Puckapunyal military areas. The exercises will include live firing reconnaissance helicopters and FA18 aircraft.
Sydney Airport NSW 14 to 15 August and 16 to 17 September 2017
Road upgrade projects are underway around Sydney Airport which will at times have an impact on runway operations at the airport. During the periods 14 to 15 August and 16 to 17 September the east-west runway, Runway 07/25, will be restricted to departures-only off Runway 25 due to these works. Operations on the parallel runways will not be affected.
Rockhampton QLD 31 August to 14 October 2017
Defence Forces will conduct a wide range of exercise activities in the Shoalwater Bay Training Areas (SWBTA). Activities will include C130 transport and military helicopters operating from Rockhampton airport. Live firing will also occur in the SWBTA. C130 low level training will also occur.
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 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.
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.