All civil aircraft operating in Australia are required to comply with the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 1984 regardless of size, purpose or ownership.
Responsibility for regulatory compliance rests with the aircraft operator/owner to ensure their aircraft meets the Regulations.
Aircraft types that fall into one of the following categories do not require a noise assessment or certificate as the aircraft is specified as exempt from the Regulations:
- a state aircraft
- a hot air balloon
- a propeller driven aircraft that is specifically designed, and used exclusively, for:
- aerobatic purposes
- firefighting purposes
- agricultural operations
- environmental operations.
Further information on exempt aircraft, including a letter that can be presented to the CASA Aircraft Certification Inspector, can be found on the website of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website.
Under delegation by the Secretary of Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Airservices can assist the aircraft operator/owner to meet the Regulations by doing one of the following:
- for aircraft intending to operate without a noise certificate, Airservices provides the following services:
- deeming the aircraft to meet the Regulations (Regulation 8)
- providing a permit to operate without a noise certificate if the requirements of Regulation 9A(2)(a) are satisfied. Note: a permit cannot be used for operations during the curfew period at relevant airports
- for aircraft intending to operate with an Australian Noise Certificate, Airservices can provide the following services:
- issuing an Australian Noise Certificate (Regulation 6) in accordance with clause 1.5 of ICAO Annex 16, Part II Chapter 1
- conducting an Australian Noise Certification Test (Regulation 6A), resulting in an Australian noise certificate.
This flow chart details the process, including required documentation, for each of the above services provided by Airservices.
For more information on other ways aircraft can meet the regulations, please visit the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website.
An aircraft noise assessment is advised if the operator:
- adds an aircraft to the Australian Civil Register
- operates an aircraft that has previously been assessed in accordance with the Regulations but has been modified which may affect its noise characteristics
- operates a foreign registered aircraft in Australia.
Operators should check their Approved Flight Manual and international databases such as the European Aviation Safety Agency Type Certificate Datasheet for Noise (TCDSN) or the Federal Aviation Administration Type Certificate Data Sheets (TCDS) Database to see if the aircraft’s configuration is noise certified. For aircraft to be “deemed” as to meet the Regulations by Airservices, the operator will be required to provide evidence of its noise certification. Airservices can assist, however, cannot source this information for the operator.
Applications for an Airservices aircraft noise assessment (statement of deeming an aircraft to meet the Regulations, 9A(2)(a) permit, Australian aircraft noise certificate or aircraft noise certification test) can be made online.
For further information see the frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for on the frequently asked questions webpage, please contact the Aircraft Noise Information Team on email at email@example.com or by phone on (02) 6268 4583 or (02) 6268 5620.
Eligibility to operate the aircraft in compliance with the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 1984 does not override any conditions on operation of the aircraft which have been specified under any other Acts, Regulations, Orders or Instructions administered by Airservices Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority or other relevant Federal or State authorities (for example, curfew restrictions).