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

Aircraft noise

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS 

In response to the current global health crisis, residents in all Australian States and Territories can expect to see or hear changes to aircraft operations, including flight tracking and timing of activities.

These operations may include aircraft supporting emergency services, medical operations, and those providing important personnel movement, freight and logistics.

IMPORTANT UPDATE ON OUR NOISE COMPLAINTS AND INFORMATION SERVICE DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Airservices apologises that, as a result of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) is currently closed to phone and postal complaints and enquiries.

At this time, aircraft noise complaints and enquires may only be submitted via the online complaint and enquiry form.

Information that may assist with your matter is accessible from this webpage. This includes information for major and secondary airports, factsheets, FAQs, noise resources, Aircraft Noise News and the WebTrak flight-tracking program.

To ensure we are able to respond in a timely and complete manner to enquiries or complaints, please ensure you provide a valid email address.

If we are responding to your matter, you will hear from us within 21 days of receiving your submission.


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.

Military Aviation activity around Australia

The Department of Defence provides a webpage that advises of aviation operation at different locations around Australia: Operations Near Me. The general public can also access information on military aircraft activity at the below links:

An overview of the Defence Force’s aircraft noise procedures can be found on the Department of Defence website.


News

Melbourne Airport VIC 6 April to 9 April 2020

Due to required works at the airport, the east /west runway, Runway 09/27, will be closed each night from 8:00pm to 06:00am the next morning, commencing at 8:00pm on Monday 6 April and finishing at 06:00am on Thursday 9 April. All aircraft will operate on the north /south runway during these times.

Melbourne Airport VIC 6 April & 13 April 2020

Due to required works at the airport, the north /south runway, Runway 16/34, will be closed from 01:45am to 05:30am on Monday 6 April and Monday 13 April. All aircraft will operate on the east /west runway during these times.

Melbourne Airport VIC 1 April to 4 April 2020

Due to required works at the airport, the east /west runway, Runway 09/27, will be closed each night from 8:00pm to 05:45am the next morning, commencing Wednesday 1 April and finishing at 05:45am on Saturday 4 April. All aircraft will operate on the north /south runway during these times.

Brisbane QLD  4 to 7 April 2020

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks on the approach path for the new runway, Runway 01 Left/Runway 19 Right, at Brisbane Airport between Saturday 4 April and Tuesday 7 April. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from the airport on these days

Various Airfields South Australia 1 to 8 April 2020

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting revalidation checks at various airfields located in South Australia between Wednesday 1 April and Wednesday 8 April. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from the airfields on these days. The airfields involved are:  Carrapateena, Woomera, Prominent Hill, Ceduna, and Jacinth Ambrosia.

Various Airfields Western Australia 1 to 8 April 2020

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting revalidation checks at various airfields located in Western Australia between Wednesday 1 April and Wednesday 8 April. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from the airfields on these days. The airfields involved are:  Forrest, Nova, Esperance, Ravensthorpe, Forrestania, Katanning, Albany, Manjimup, Busselton, Bunbury, Southern Cross, East Jaurdi, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and Carosue Dam.

Mildura VIC 8 April 2020

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting revalidation checks at Mildura Airport on Wednesday 8 April. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from the airfields on this day.

 

Cairns 3 & 4 April 2020

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at and around Cairns Airport on Friday 3 April and Saturday 4 April. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from the airport on these days.

Perth Airport March to June 2020

Due to required runway and taxiway maintenance at the airport, the north/south runway, Runway 03/21, will be closed between 8:00am and 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday from Monday 9 March to Thursday 26 March. The east/west runway, Runway 06/24, will be closed 24 hours a day Monday to Saturday from Monday 1 June to Saturday 13 June. More information can be found on the Perth Airport website.

Sydney Airport NSW 19 February to April 2020

Due to required runway resurfacing, the north-south runway (16R/34L) will be temporarily closed during curfew hours (11pm – 6am). Aircraft will be using the parallel north-south runway (16L/34R) during the works. Further information can be found on the Engage Airservices 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.

Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood portal for greater Sydney basin
Our new interactive portal incorporating suburb-based information and data for suburbs within the greater Sydney basin is now live: Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood. This portal replaces previous reporting on aircraft operations and complaints in this region. The portal will be progressively expanded to cover other metropolitan areas over the coming years.


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.