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.


Recent flight path changes at Hobart Airport
Airservices introduced flight path changes at Hobart Airport on 14 September 2017. These changes were made to organise aircraft movements onto standard routes. Please click here for more information. Airservices have carefully considered concerns raised by the community regarding these changes. Following a review to identify possible safe and feasible alternatives that would reduce aircraft noise impact on residents, Airservices intends to implement an alternative flight path into Hobart Airport based on safety, air traffic management and community feedback. More information on the implementation on the alternative flight path can be found on this link.

Cobaki, Terranora, Tumbulgum, Pottsville, and Bilambil NSW 21 to 22 November 2017
Tweed Shire Council will carry out aerial spraying for mosquitoes in the Cobaki, Terranora, Tumbulgum, Bilambil and Pottsville Sea Breeze Estate areas of northern New South Wales on Tuesday 21 November or Wednesday 22 November. This will involve low-level flying.

Melbourne VIC 22 November 2017
Due to required runway works the north/south runway, 16/34 will be closed for maintenance on Wednesday 22 November. Works will commence at 01:30 and finish at 05:30. Residents to the east and west of the aerodrome may notice an increase in air traffic.

Sydney NSW 27 November 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path and navigation aid validation and safety checks at and around Sydney Airport on Monday 27 November. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed around the airport.

RAAF Base Richmond NSW
Aerial firefighting aircraft will be based at RAAF Base Richmond during the bushfire season. Local residents may notice increased firefighting aircraft activity including the C-130 Large Air Tanker ‘Thor’, and DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker over the summer months.

Sydney Airport NSW 12 to 22 November 2017
Road upgrade projects are underway around Sydney Airport which will at times have an impact on runway operations at the airport. During the period 12 to 22 November the east-west runway, Runway 07/25, will be restricted to departures-only operations off Runway 25 due to these works. Operations on the parallel runways will not be affected.

Australian Defence Force activity Sydney and New South Wales November 2017
Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel will conduct training involving military aircraft including parachuting, in the coastal waters, adjacent beaches and rivers in the vicinity of Botany Bay and the Royal National Park during November 2017. Additionally Black Hawk Army helicopters will conduct counter-terrorism exercises around the Sydney CBD and Sydney Harbour, Parramatta, Holsworthy/Liverpool and Hunter regions. Further information can be found on the Australian Army website.

Newcastle NSW 20-26 November 2017
The 2017 Coates Hire 500 V8 Supercar Event will be held at Newcastle from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 November. There will be various military and civil aircraft displays during the event. Practice displays will be held during the period 20 to 23 November. Both practice and live displays will not exceed 60 minutes duration.

Williamtown NSW and Amberley QLD 6 November-1 December 2017
Elements of the Australian and International Defence forces will be conducting a wide area air defence exercise in the Williamtown and Amberley restricted and danger areas. Residents in the vicinity of Williamtown and Amberley aerodromes can expect an increase in military activity. In the exercise areas low level, high speed jet aircraft will be operating on random tracks.

Townsville QLD 23 November-15 December 2017
Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will conduct a wide range of general flying, bombing and tactical exercises in the Townsville Field Training Areas (TFTA). Residents can expect an increase of military activity in the vicinity of Townsville aerodrome and in the TFTA. Within the TFTA low level, high speed jet aircraft and helicopters will be operating on random tracks.

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.