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

Brisbane Airport QLD 6 & 7 November 2021

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid testing at and around Brisbane Airport on Saturday 6 November and Sunday 7 November. Local residents may observe a twin engine aircraft flying a low and unusual flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from the airport on these days.

Melbourne Airport VIC 25 October 2021

Due to required runway works, the north/south runway, Runway 16/34, will be closed on Monday 25 October between 02:35am and 11:15am. All aircraft will operate on the east/west runway during these times.

Darwin Airport NT 27 & 28 October 2021

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid testing at and around Darwin Airport on Wednesday 27 October and Thursday 28 October. Local residents may observe a twin engine aircraft flying a low and unusual flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from the airport on these days.

Melbourne Airport VIC 16 to 24 October 2021

Due to required runway works, the north/south runway, Runway 16/34, will be closed at various times during the morning for up six days from Saturday 16 October to Friday 22 October. The schedule for the works is below. Please note that works on Friday 22 October and Sunday 24 October will only occur if required. All aircraft will operate on the east/west runway during these times.

  • Saturday 16 October at 00:45am to 11:45am
  • Sunday 17 October at 00:45am to 11:45am
  • Monday 18 October at 02:45am to 11:00am
  • Tuesday 19 October at 05:15am to 10:00am

If required the works may continue on Friday 22 October between 05:15am and 10:45am and Sunday 24 October between 02:15am and 10:30am.

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 31 December 2021. More information on these freight operations can be found at https://engage.airservicesaustralia.com/freight-operations-gold-coast-airport

Sydney Airport Runway Safety Works 16R Threshold Replacement – July 2021 onwards

Sydney Airport is about to start runway safety works on Runway 16R (the northern end of the main north-south runway) which involve removing and replacing the runway threshold. The works will commence on 31 July 2021 and will take up to four months to complete. More information is available at www.sydneyairport.com.au/runwaysafety
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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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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