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

Aircraft noise

The aviation industry is vital for a myriad of business, tourism, social and freight activities that the Australian economy and society rely upon. 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.


Flight path changes at Hobart Airport
Airservices introduced flight path changes at Hobart Airport on 14 September 2017. These changes were made to organise aircraft movements onto standard routes. Airservices carefully considered concerns raised by the community and conducted a review to identify possible safe and feasible alternatives that would reduce aircraft noise impact on residents. ‘Alternative 2’, arrival path as shown in the review report, will become effective on 1 March 2018. This new flight path will provide an improved noise outcome for some areas that are currently affected by aircraft noise.

Airservices is now undertaking a further review, Hobart Airspace Design Review, of the Hobart Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs) and Standard Instrument Departure routes (SIDs). Terms of Reference for the review can be found at this linkAirservices is committed to consulting with the community and other stakeholders throughout the review process. It is anticipated that the review will take approximately 12–18 months to complete.

Melbourne Airport VIC 22 March 2018
Due to required runway maintenance the east – west runway, Runway 09/27, will be closed between 10am and 3:30pm on Thursday 22 March. Residents to the north and south of the airport may notice an increase in air traffic during this time.

Flight validation and navigation checks Sydney 24 and 25 March 2018
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path and navigation validation and safety checks at and around Sydney Airport on Saturday 24 March and Sunday 25 March. A low and uncommon flying pattern may be observed in the vicinity of the airport.

Flight validation and navigation checks Queensland 3 to 9 April 2018
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path and navigation validation and safety checks at various airports around Queensland between Tuesday 3 April and Monday 9 April. A low and uncommon flying pattern may be observed around the airports. The airports affected are Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Sunshine Coast, and Townsville.

Canberra ACT 17 March 2018
Aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force will conduct flypasts and aerial displays over Canberra on Saturday, 17 March, in support of Skyfire 2018. A single F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft will flyover Lake Burley Griffin at approximately 6:55 pm and carry out an aerial handling display over the lake before making a vertical departure. The aircraft will fly at speeds up to 1000 kilometres an hour and no lower than 75 meters above ground level.

The Roulettes—RAAF’s aerobatic display team—will perform an air display in six Pilatus PC-9A aircraft at 6:12 pm. Throughout the display each pilot will maintain their aircraft only three metres from each other while conducting aerobatics and flypasts down to 75 meters above the ground at speeds up to 550 kilometres an hour. All flying activities are subject to change due to weather and operational requirements.

Darwin and Bathurst Island NT 18 March 2018
Due to the Bathurst Island Grand Final on Sunday 18 March 2018 residents can expect an increase of air traffic from Darwin Airport and in the Bathurst Island areas.

Melbourne VIC 19 March 2018
Due to required runway maintenance the north-south runway, Runway 16/34, will be closed between 01:30am and 05:45am on Monday 19 March. Residents to the east and west of the airport may notice an increase in air traffic during this time.

Sydney NSW 16 to 18 March 2018
Sydney residents may notice an increase in aviation activity over the city area from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 March due to the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit to be held in Sydney. An increase in emergency services and military aircraft is expected, both fixed-wing and helicopters.

Yarram Victoria 17 March 2018
Local residents may notice an increase in air traffic leading up to the Yarram Centenary of Flight air show being held on Saturday 17 March. A number of aviation activities will occur during the show, including formation and aerobatic displays.

Scone New South Wales 24 and 25 March
Local residents may notice an increase in air traffic in the vicinity of Scone Airport on the weekend of Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March. Adventure flights will occur on Saturday 24 March using a variety of vintage and warbird aircraft. On Sunday 25 March an air show will be held at the airport featuring classic and vintage aircraft with a variety of aviation activities including aerobatics.

Williamtown and Singleton Military Airspace 14 March – 06 April 2018
Defence will conduct air to ground activities in the Singleton/Williamtown areas over the period 14 March to 6 April 2018. F/A 18 and PC 9 aircraft operating from Williamtown will participate in the exercises. Expected activity will occur Mon-Thur 10:00-23:00, Fri 10:00-17:00. No activity will occur on weekends.

Melbourne VIC 22-25 March 2018
The 2018 Australian Formula One Grand Prix will be held at Albert Park from Thursday 22 March until Sunday 25 March 2018. Residents can expect high density helicopter operations in and around the Albert Park area. Air displays will also be conducted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Williamtown NSW 2018
Aircraft from the RAAF Base Williamtown have commenced fighter training at the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range for 2018. Details of the training can be found on the Air Force website.

RAAF Base Richmond NSW
Aerial firefighting aircraft will be based at RAAF Base Richmond during the bushfire season. Local residents may notice increased firefighting aircraft activity including the C-130 Large Air Tanker ‘Thor’, and DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker over the summer months.

Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast residents now have the ability to track aircraft from Beeburrum in the south, to Kin Kin in the north using WebTrak.

Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement
The Federal Government has released the Environmental Impact Statement for the new Western Sydney Airport. Further information is available at the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.

Buying or moving into a new home?

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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.