Managing Aircraft Noise
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.
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.
Temporary changes in operations
Ballina Byron Gateway Airport NSW
Due to flood damage the medical response helicopter that normally operates out of Lismore has now been relocated to the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport for approximately six months. The helicopter operations may occur at any time of the day or night and local residents may notice an increase during this time.
Melbourne Airport VIC 2 to 30 November 2022
Due to required runway works at Melbourne Airport the east/west runway, Runway 09/27, will be closed each Wednesday in November between 10:00am and 3:00pm. All aircraft will operate on the north/south runway during this time.
Melbourne Airport VIC from November 2022
The north/south runway, Runway 16/34 will be closed five nights a week between 6.5 and 8 hours for asphalt replacement works for approximately 10 months from November 2022. Aircraft will operate on the east/west runway, Runway 09/27, during these times.
In February 2023 for approximately a month and in May 2023 for approximately a week, maintenance works will occur on the area where the two runways intersect. During this time, the north-south runway will be temporarily shortened, and the east-west runway will be closed, again for five nights a week.
Further information can be found on the Melbourne Airport website.
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.
Frequently asked Questions
How low can aircraft operate?
What is ground running?
Can I suggest a noise improvement?
- Community Aviation Consultation Groups (CACG) at airports that have a CACG
- Our Noise Complaints and Information Service
We assess community initiated noise improvements for safety, feasibility and environmental impacts. Visit Engage Airservices to engage with our program of flight path and airspace changes.
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