Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.

Aircraft noise

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.

For more information about proposed flight path changes around Australia visit the Flight path changes page on our website.


Hobart TAS 26 to 27 August 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will be conducting flight safety checks around 1300-1400 on the 26th of August. This will include obstacle checks involving low flights. The 27th is the backup date in case of unsuitable weather on the 26th.

Melbourne VIC 22 August 2019
Due to required runway maintenance the east west runway, runway 09/27 will be closed from 10:00 to 15:30 on Thursday 22nd of August. Residents to the north and south of the airport may notice an increase in aviation activity.

Tamworth NSW 20 August 2019
A single F/A-18 Hornet will conduct diversion training into Tamworth Airport on Tuesday 20 August between 18:00 and 19:00. The activity is subject ot weather and operational availability.

Perth Airport WA 19 August to 9 September 2019
Due to required runway works and taxiway works, Runway 06/24 will be closed between Monday 19 August and Saturday 24 August and between Monday 26 August and Saturday 31 August during the hours 7am to 5pm each day. Due to further works taxiway restrictions may impact runway use until 9 September.

Melbourne 18 August 2019
As part of the Vietnam Veterans’ Day commemoration up to five Air Force historic aircraft will conduct flypasts over the Shrine of Remembrance at 11am on Sunday 18 August. Further information can be found on the Air Force website.

Melbourne 15 August 2019
As part of the Victory in the Pacific commemoration up to five Air Force museum aircraft will conduct flypasts over the Shrine of Remembrance at 10:50am on Thursday 15 August. Further information can be found on the Air Force website.

Perth and Regional WA 17 August 2019
A single Air Force PC-21 aircraft will conduct flypasts in two locations as part of the Vietnam Veterans’ Day commemorations in Western Australia on Saturday 17 August. At 11am the aircraft will fly over the City of Stirling Memorial Gardens in Stirling, followed by a flypast over Soldiers Park in Collie at 11:30am. Further information can be found on the Air Force website.

Richmond and regional New South Wales 14 August to 8 September 2019
Australian and international defence forces will undertake training exercises between Wednesday 14 August and Sunday 8 September. The training will include low-level and formation flights as well as airdrop of cargo. Aircraft will fly out of RAAF Base Richmond NSW and will encompass the Blue Mountains and regional New South Wales including airfields at Gilgandra, Lake Cargelligo, Warren, and Walcha. Flying will take place during the day and evening and is expected to be completed by 11pm each day.

Sydney NSW August and September 2019
The Australian Defence Forces will conduct training exercises in areas around Sydney including Botany Bay, Jervis Bay, Sydney Harbour, and Georges River areas in August and September. This will occur both day and night and include unmanned aerial surveillance systems. Further information can be found on the Army website.

Sydney Airport NSW 15 to 18 August 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at and around Sydney Airport between Thursday 15 August and Sunday 18 August. Sydney residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airport on these days.

Jandakot WA 22 August and 24 August 2019
To mark the 90 year anniversary of the Royal Aero Club of WA up to 16 aircraft will conduct a formation flight over the airfield at 4:30pm on Thursday 22 August. On Saturday 24 August, as part of the ongoing celebrations, it is expected an increased number of flights from Jandakot Airport will occur around the airport vicinity and over Cottesloe Beach.

Learmonth WA 19-30 August 2019
Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will be operating from Learmonth aerodrome and conduct a large range of tactical flying exercises in the Learmonth restricted areas over the period 19 to 30 August 2019., excluding weekends. Residents will notice an increase of military flying activity in the Learmonth area.

Maryborough QLD 24 August 2019
Residents in the Maryborough area of Queensland may notice an increase in aviation activity leading up to Saturday 24 August when an airshow is held at the Maryborough Airport. A variety of flying displays will occur on this day.

Air Force activity on Salt Ash Air Weapons Range NSW July to November 2019
The Air Force has advised a training schedule for operations at the range, located to the northeast of Williamtown RAAF Base, between July and November 2019. These will include Hawk Lead-In Fighter aircraft, F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft, and PC-9 aircraft. The aircraft will operate at the range on weekdays only. Further information can be found on the Air Force website.

Release of review into processes associated with aircraft noise management April 2018
As part of proactive approach to managing issues associated with implementing flight path changes, Airservices has completed an internal review into its processes associated with aircraft noise management. This internal process review was conducted to provide an assessment of performance against key policy and procedural documents and provide recommendations for improvement. This review identified 29 actions, all of which were implemented by the end of March 2018. This report will form part of Airservices commitment to continuous improvement and inform the management of the introduction of flight path changes into the future.

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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.