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.
Noise Complaints and Information Service Response Time
The Noise Complaints and Information Service has reopened after the Christmas holiday period. Due to a backlog of complaints responses to complainants may take a little longer than usual. Complaints and enquiries can still be registered with Airservices Australia via the website.
Recent 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. Please click here for more information. Airservices have carefully considered concerns raised by the community regarding these changes. Following a review to identify possible safe and feasible alternatives that would reduce aircraft noise impact on residents, Airservices intends to implement an alternative flight path into Hobart Airport based on safety, air traffic management and community feedback. More information on the implementation of the alternative flight path and a Review Report describing the change process and community consultation can be found at this link.
Aerial Spraying Gold Coast areas 19 and 20 January 2018
Aerial spraying for mosquitoes will be undertaken by the City Of Gold Coast in Coombabah, Pimpama, Jacobs Well, Rocky Point, Helensvale Coombabah Lake and the Moreton Bay islands between 7am to 6:00pm on Friday 19 January and Saturday 20 January weather permitting. This will involve low-level flying.
Flight validation and Navigation checks West Australia airports 16 to 24 January 2018
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path and navigation validation safety checks at and around a number of West Australia airports from Tuesday 16 January to Wednesday 24 January. The airports and navigation aids involved are Beermullah, Busselton, Forrest, Gin Gin, and Perth. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed.
Flight validation and Navigation checks Woomera South Australia 16 January 2018
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path and navigation validation safety checks at and around Woomera aerodrome on Tuesday 16 January. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed.
Flight validation and Navigation checks Saint George Queensland 16 January 2018
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path and navigation validation safety checks at and around Saint George aerodrome on Tuesday 16 January. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed.
Helicopter Activity South Australia 11 to 21 January 2018
A number of bike races are being held at various locations around South Australia between 11 and 21 January. Helicopter activity including media flights are expected to increase over and near these events during this time.
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 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 and Regional Development.
Buying or moving into a new home?
Think about the impact of aircraft noise at your new location. Find out more.
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.