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.


Post Implementation Review – Perth Preferred Runways
The Post Implemementation Review – Perth Preferred Runways report is now available.

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.

International flights to commence at Canberra Airport – 21 September 2016
Singapore Airlines ‘Capital Express’ commence operating Canberra’s first regularly scheduled international service to two destinations – Canberra to Singapore and Canberra to Wellington (New Zealand) on 21 September. The ‘Capital Express’ service includes non-stop flights four times a week, operated by a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. Further information on Singapore Airlines schedules and flights.

Existing flight paths will be used and noise abatement procedures will be followed wherever possible.  Information and communication on international services is ongoing with the Canberra Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group. Noise monitoring is being scheduled following the commencement of services. Results will be made available to the Canberra Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group and on the Airservices website.

Airshow Port Lincoln SA 16 October 2016
An Airshow will be held at Port Lincoln Airport on 16 October. A variety of aircraft will be performing and will include aerobatics.

Flight Safety Checks RAAF Base Williamtown NSW 20 to 25 October 2016
Flight paths, navigation aids and a radar site will be checked by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority at Williamtown Airport  between 21 October and 25 October. This will involve some flying in an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodrome with low and unusual flight patterns.

Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar event 21-23 October 2016
Residents can expect an increase in aircraft operations in and around Macintosh Island due to air displays and helicopter operations related to this event. Military aircraft will be conducting flypasts and low level manoeuvrers.

Flight Safety Checks at Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast 15 to 17 October 2016
Flight path and navigation aid safety checks will be carried out by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority at Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast between 15 October and 17 October. This 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 Northern Territory and Christmas and Coco’s Islands 19 to 28 October 2016
Flight path and navigation aid safety checks will be carried out by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority at Darwin, Gove, Groote, Maningrida, Tindal and the Christmas and Coco’s Islands between 19 October and 28 October. This 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 west of Mackay Queensland 27 to 29 October 2016
Checks will be carried out by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority from 27 October and 29 October  at a radar site approximately 60 kilometres to the west of Mackay Airport. Unusual and low flight patterns may be observed.

RAAF Base Amberley QLD September and October 2016
A single F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft will conduct handling display practice over RAAF Base Amberley over the next four weeks as part of training for the Townsville Air Show on 15 October 2016. The aircraft will descend to heights as low as 60m (200ft) above ground level. All low level flying will be conducted over the Base environs.

Rockhampton QLD, 15 September – 7 November 2016
Military exercises will be conducted in the Shoalwater Bay Training areas during this time. Residents can expect an increase of military flying activity to and from Rockhampton during this time. Exercise aircraft will include F15, C130 and military helicopters. Exercises will occur both day and night and live firing will occur in the training areas. 

Beaudesert QLD 10-14 October 2016
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will be operating HERON Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) tactical flying exercises in Southeast Queensland in the vicinity of RAAF Amberley, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. This area is roughly centred on Beaudesert and reaches to Greenbank in the north and Innis Plain in the south. UAV operations will commence approximately at 9.00am each day, completing at 4.00pm. The UAV will operate between 7000 and 10000 feet and will conduct orbits in individual locations for up to 20 minutes at a time.

Townsville QLD 14-16 October 2016
The Australian Defence Force in conjunction with Townsville City Council will conduct an air show from Friday 14 October to Sunday 16 October 2016. The air show will consist of a practice day on Friday 14 October, an Air Display at The Strand on 15 October and a static display on 15 and 16 October. There will be increased air operations in and around Townsville aerodrome and The Strand due to air displays, helicopter, balloon and parachute operations related to the air show

Puckapunyal Military Areas VIC 19-20 October 2016
The Australian Army will be conducting fire power exercises that include armed reconnaissance helicopters and FA-18 aircraft conducing live fire missions. Residents in surrounding areas may notice an increase in aircraft activity.

Gold Coast Airport Aircraft Navigation Modernization Program – 18 August 2016 – 2018
To maximise the benefits of satellite-based navigation systems, a series of changes are scheduled to occur at Gold Coast Airport. A summary of changes and further information is available.

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 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 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

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.

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.