All civil aircraft operating in Australia are required to comply with the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018 and Air Navigation (Aircraft Engine Emissions) Regulations 1995 regardless of size, purpose or ownership.
Responsibility for regulatory compliance rests with the aircraft operator/owner to ensure their aircraft meets the regulations. This is usually met by meeting the standards outlined in:
- International Civil Aviation Organisation Annex 16 – International standards and recommended practices, Environmental protection, Volume I – Aircraft noise and Volume II – Aircraft engine emissions
- Code of Federal Regulations, Title 14: Aeronautics and Space, Chapter I – Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, Subchapter C – Aircraft, Part 34 – Fuel Venting and exhaust emission requirements for turbine engine powered airplanes, and Part 36 – Noise standards: Aircraft type and airworthiness certification.
Airservices has been assisting the aviation industry to meet Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations since 1999. From December 2015, under delegation by the Secretary of Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (the Department), Airservices also assists in identifying aircraft that meet the Air Navigation (Aircraft Engine Emissions) Regulations 1995 (Regulation 4) through existing international certification, via an Aircraft Engine Emissions support tool.
Airservices can assist aircraft operators in meeting these requirements by identifying which of the sub-regulations, as outlined below, apply to their specific aircraft.
Confirmation of compliance with the aircraft environmental regulations is advised if the operator:
- adds an aircraft to the Australian Civil Aircraft Register
- operates an aircraft that has previously been assessed in accordance with the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018 but has been modified which may affect its noise characteristics
- operates an aircraft that has previously been assessed in accordance with the Air Navigation (Aircraft Engine Emissions) Regulations 1995 but either the engine has been changed or the aircraft has been modified, which may impact the performance or function of the engine
- changes ownership or registration of an aircraft holding a 14(3)(a) permit.
Further information on each of the environmental regulations and the services offered by Airservices, including how to apply, is available below:
- aircraft noise regulations and assessment process
- aircraft engine emissions regulations and assessment process.
For more information on the assessment process, please see our frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answer for which you are looking, please contact the Aircraft Noise Assessment team by email.