Managing Aircraft Noise

Our commitment

We need to cater for the changing nature of aircraft operations, air traffic growth, airport expansion and advances in aviation technology, while keeping aviation safety as our first priority.

This requires a careful balance of ensuring safety, operational efficiency, protecting the environment and minimising the effects of aviation noise on the community, wherever practicable.

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NCIS

We hear you

Making a complaint

We manage complaints and enquiries about aircraft noise and operations through our Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS). NCIS is the Australian aviation industry’s main interface on aircraft noise and related issues for the community.

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Upcoming

Temporary changes in operations

Sydney Airport NSW From 22 April 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sydney Airport will temporarily use the east-west runway (07/25) to park grounded aircraft from 22 April 2020. The parallel north-south runways will remain available for continued operations. Further information can be found at the Sydney Airport website.

Freight Operations during Curfew at Gold Coast Airport

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has  granted permission to Qantas Freight to operate a maximum of four weekly freighter services to and from Gold Coast Airport on behalf of Australia Post during the curfew period.The operations are approved for the period 5 October 2020 to 25 June 2021.

More information on these freight operations can be found at https://engage.airservicesaustralia.com/freight-operations-gold-coast-airport

Brisbane Airport QLD 31 March to 1 April 2021

Due to a disabled aircraft the legacy runway, Runway 01R/19L, was closed from 11:20pm on 31 March 2021 to 1:48am on 1 April 2021. During this time, all aircraft were required to operate from the new runway, Runway 01L/19R.

Weather conditions saw a number of aircraft depart off the new runway in a southerly direction. This is permitted under the Noise Abatement Procedures, which allow use of the southern end of the new runway between the hours of 10pm and 6am, when other runways are unavailable.

Cairns and Townsville Airports QLD 7 and 8 April 2021

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid testing at and around both Cairns and Townsville Airports on Wednesday 7 April and Thursday 8 April. Local residents may observe a twin engine aircraft flying a low and unusual flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from the airports on these days.

Mackay and Sunshine Coast Airports QLD 9 April 2021

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid testing at and around both Mackay and Sunshine Coast Airports on Friday 9 April. Local residents may observe a twin engine aircraft flying a low and unusual flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from the airports on this day.

Sydney Airport NSW 12 & 13 April 2021

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid testing at and around Sydney Airport on Monday 12 April and Tuesday 13 April. Residents may observe a twin engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from the airport on these days.

 

Brisbane Airport QLD 19 & 20 April 2021

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid testing at and around Brisbane Airport on Monday 19 April and Tuesday 20 April. Residents may observe a twin engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from the airport on these days.

 

Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Airports 16 April 2021

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid testing at and around both Gold Coast Airport and Sunshine Coast Airport on Friday 16 April. Residents may observe a twin engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from the airports on this day.

 

Melbourne VIC Monday 12 and Friday 15 April 2021

Due to required runway maintenance the north south runway, Runway 16/34 will be closed between 05:25 and 11:25 on Monday the 12th and Friday the 16th of April. Residents to the east and west of the airport may notice an increase in aviation activity during these times.

 

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Airport gateway

We provide information about airport operations, including flight paths, movements, runways, aircraft noise monitoring, investigations and complaints.

Monitoring and reporting

Aircraft noise monitoring

We undertake long term aircraft noise monitoring at major Australian airports through the world’s largest, most geographically spread system of its type. We also undertake and report on short term aircraft noise monitoring.

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Frequently asked Questions

How low can aircraft operate?

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority have regulations for how low aircraft can fly. These regulations require pilots fly no lower than 1,000 feet (ft) over built-up areas, or 500 feet over any other areas, unless they are landing or taking off. Aircraft may be able to fly below these heights in certain situations. More information is available on the CASA website.

What is ground running?

Ground running is when an aircraft engine is tested at the airport while the aircraft is stationary on the ground. Airports are responsible for managing ground running and taking complaints about noise generated by ground running activities. More information about ground running is available on your local airport website.

Can I suggest a noise improvement?

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View the latest fact sheets, reports, and other resources.

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Airservices Flight Path Design Principles

September, 2020
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Community Engagement Framework Overview

August, 2020
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Commitment to Community Engagement

August, 2020