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.
For more information about proposed flight path changes around Australia visit the Flight path changes page on our website.
Richmond and regional New South Wales 14 August to 8 September 2019
Australian and international defence forces will undertake training exercises between Wednesday 14 August and Sunday 8 September. The training will include low-level and formation flights as well as airdrop of cargo. Aircraft will fly out of RAAF Base Richmond NSW and will encompass the Blue Mountains and regional New South Wales including airfields at Gilgandra, Lake Cargelligo, Warren, and Walcha. Flying will take place during the day and evening and is expected to be completed by 11pm each day.
Melbourne Airport 14 August 2019
Due to required runway maintenance, the east-west runway at Melbourne Airport, Runway 09/27, will be closed on Wednesday 14 August from 10:00am to 3:30 pm. All operations will take place on the north-south runway during this time.
Richmond NSW 13 August 2019
A RAAF single F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft will conduct training exercises at RAAF Base Richmond between 6:00pm and 7:00pm on Tuesday 13 August. The aircraft will conduct instrument approaches and ‘touch and go’ landings as part of pilot training. Further information can be found on the Air Force website.
Sydney NSW August and September 2019
The Australian Defence Forces will conduct training exercises in areas around Sydney including Botany Bay, Jervis Bay, Sydney Harbour, and Georges River areas in August and September. This will occur both day and night and include unmanned aerial surveillance systems. Further information can be found on the Army website.
Sydney Airport NSW 15 to 18 August 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at and around Sydney Airport between Thursday 15 August and Sunday 18 August. Sydney residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airport on these days.
Jandakot WA 22 August and 24 August 2019
To mark the 90 year anniversary of the Royal Aero Club of WA up to 16 aircraft will conduct a formation flight over the airfield at 4:30pm on Thursday 22 August. On Saturday 24 August, as part of the ongoing celebrations, it is expected an increased number of flights from Jandakot Airport will occur around the airport vicinity and over Cottesloe Beach.
Canberra ACT 13 August 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at and around Canberra Airport on Tuesday 13 August. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airport.
Wagga Wagga NSW 14 August 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at and around Wagga Wagga Airport on Wednesday 14 August. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from the airport.
Learmonth WA 19-30 August 2019
Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will be operating from Learmonth aerodrome and conduct a large range of tactical flying exercises in the Learmonth restricted areas over the period 19 to 30 August 2019., excluding weekends. Residents will notice an increase of military flying activity in the Learmonth area.
Maryborough QLD 24 August 2019
Residents in the Maryborough area of Queensland may notice an increase in aviation activity leading up to Saturday 24 August when an airshow is held at the Maryborough Airport. A variety of flying displays will occur on this day.
Various Airports Queensland 5 to 12 August 2019
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting required obstacle clearance checks and checks on instrument flight procedures at and around a number of Queensland airports between Monday 5 August and Monday 12 August. The airports include, in order, Cloncurry, Mt. Isa, Century Mine, Doomadgee, Mornington Island, Burketown, Normanton, Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw, Aurukun, Weipa, Northern Peninsula, Yorke Island, Saibai Island, Horn Island, Lockhart River, Coen and Cooktown. Local residents may observe an aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 35 kilometres from these airports on those days.
Air Force activity on Salt Ash Air Weapons Range NSW July to November 2019
The Air Force has advised a training schedule for operations at the range, located to the northeast of Williamtown RAAF Base, between July and November 2019. These will include Hawk Lead-In Fighter aircraft, F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft, and PC-9 aircraft. The aircraft will operate at the range on weekdays only. Further information can be found on the Air Force website.
Release of review into processes associated with aircraft noise management April 2018
As part of proactive approach to managing issues associated with implementing flight path changes, Airservices has completed an internal review into its processes associated with aircraft noise management. This internal process review was conducted to provide an assessment of performance against key policy and procedural documents and provide recommendations for improvement. This review identified 29 actions, all of which were implemented by the end of March 2018. This report will form part of Airservices commitment to continuous improvement and inform the management of the introduction of flight path changes into the future.
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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.
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.