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.
Perth Noise Improvements 2015, WA
Airservices recently announced a number of proposed changes to improve noise outcomes for the Perth community. Further information on the proposed changes and community information sessions is available at www.airservicesaustralia.com/projects/flight-path-changes/perth-noise-improvements-2015.
Modified flight path trial Roleystone, WA
From 22 August 2013, Airservices has trialled a flight path change to a flight path south-east of Perth. Find out more
A post implementation review has been undertaken and a report is now available.
The report notes that community feedback demonstrates there was a noticeable benefit from the trial and that the change should become permanently implemented. The new flight path will remain in place permanently.
Boeing 747 to land at Wollongong Airport
Qantas’ first-ever Boeing 747-400 will makes its final flight on Sunday March 8, landing in its new home at approximately 7:50am at the Illawarra Regional Airport to become a permanent attraction at the Historical Aviation Restoration Society display at the airport.
Army helicopters over Perth 20 February – 24 March 2015
Up to five Black Hawk Army helicopters will fly over Perth and the surrounding area from Friday, 20 February to Tuesday, 24 March 2015 as part of a routine training exercise.
Flights will occur during the afternoon from 1pm to 5pm and in the evening from 8pm to midnight.
Bulahdelah and Great Lakes Area, NSW
RAAF Base Williamtown F/A-18 Hornets will conduct training in the Great Lakes Area near Bulahdelah on Wednesday-Thursday, 25-26 February.
Further training programs are scheduled for Thursday-Friday, 5-6 March and Monday-Tuesday 9-10 March.
RAAF Base Williamtown – Salt Ash Air Weapons Range
Williamtown RAAF jets will conduct training at the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range on for the week of 2-6 March.
Tamworth and Williamtown NSW
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will conduct a range of tactical flying exercises during the period 9 February to 6 March 2015. Exercises will take place in portions of the Williamtown Restricted Areas and in the Restricted Areas to the south west of Tamworth. Exercise could occur for up to 9 hours daily.
Increased Australian Defence Force flight operations can be expected to, from and in the vicinity of Point Cook aerodrome in the support of the Australian International Airshow between 24 February and 1 March 2015.
Darwin and Bathurst Island, NT
Due to the Bathurst Island Grand Final on 15 March 2015 residents can expect an increase in aviation activity to and from both Darwin and Bathurst Island.
Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Army will conduct a wide range of general flying, bombing and tactical exercises between 15March 1 June 2015 in the Townsville Field Training Areas. Aircraft will include F/A 18 Hornet, military helicopters, PC9 and supporting civil and military aircraft. There will be an increase in aviation activity at Townsville and in the Field Training Areas. Fixed wing and helicopters will also be engaged in Night Vision operations in the Field Training Areas.
Helicopter patrols of power infrastructure
Aerial patrols of power lines and poles are being undertaken by helicopters for Energex in SE Queensland from Gympie down to Coolangatta and west to Kilcoy and Gatton.
These will involve low flights by the helicopter and take place from March to July 2015.
Possible increase in flights over Brisbane city during summer months
The Brisbane area has recently experienced some severe weather conditions, with a high risk of it continuing over the summer months. These storms often involve southerly winds, resulting in aircraft having to take off towards the south. This means that more aircraft may fly over the city during the summer months than normal.
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport – commencement of operations
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, located 17 kilometres west of Toowoomba’s CBD has commenced operations.
For further information go to the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport page.
Brisbane south departures – flight path change
Airservices is changing two departure flight paths from Brisbane Airport. One of the flight path changes is directly over Moreton Bay and the other change involves moving up to six flights a day from the south-eastern suburbs onto a long-established flight path to the north of the airport. This aims to increase airport runway capacity and potentially assist airlines to improve their on-time performance. Find out more.
Gold Coast – trial of flight path change – January 2015
Airservices will trial a flight path change that will direct jet departures from Runway 14 to the south-west to maximise tracking over the Banora Point Golf Course in January 2015. It aims to reduce noise impacts for nearby residents. Find out more.
Gold Coast Smart Tracking
Smart Tracking has been successfully trialled by some aircraft landing at Gold Coast Airport since 2008. To achieve the best aircraft safety, noise and emissions outcomes for the Gold Coast, Airservices is working towards making Smart Tracking technology permanently available for all suitable equipped aircraft landing at this airport. Find out more.
Modified flight path—Brisbane
Airservices will change an existing flight path that departs from Runway 19 at the southern end of Brisbane Airport. 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.
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.