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.


News

Gold Coast Areas 30/04-2/5/2017
Aerial Treatment spraying will occur between the above dates weather permitting. Treatment areas will Coombabah, Pimpama, Jacobs Well, Rocky Point, Helensvale, Coombabah Lake and the Bay islands. Aircraft will be flying out of Kerkin Rd. All areas will be treated.

25 April 2017
The Royal Australian Air Force will conduct a series of fly-pasts at a number of locations around the country to commemorate ANZAC Day on 25 April 2017. A variety of military aircraft will be used.

North Richmond NSW 24 April 2017
At 11:15 the RAAF will conduct a fly past of the Ron Middleton VC Gardens as part of an Anzac commemorative service being held at the Aged Centre Care. The aircraft will approach from the north east, flying over the service to the south east, at a minimum height of 75m above ground level.

Queensland flight validation checks 22 – 27 April 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path validation safety checks at nine Queensland aerodromes between Saturday 22 April and Thursday 27 April. A twin-engine aircraft will conduct a series of low-level flights to check flight paths and navigation aids and also check for any new obstacles within an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodromes. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed. The aerodromes being checked are Brisbane, Horn Island, Kowanyama, Normanton, Weipa, Scherger, Lockhart River, Cairns, and Coen.

Northern Territory flight safety checks 22 – 24 April 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path validation safety checks at Darwin and Tindal aerodromes between Saturday 22 April and Monday 24 April. A twin-engine aircraft will conduct a series of low-level flights to check flight paths and navigation aids and also check for any new obstacles within an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodromes. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed.

West Australia flight validation checks April 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path validation safety checks at 15 West Australian aerodromes between Friday 21 April and Monday 24 April. A twin-engine aircraft will conduct a series of low-level flights to check flight paths and navigation aids and also check for any new obstacles within an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodromes. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed. The aerodromes being checked are Albany, Busselton, Bunbury, East Jaurdi, Esperance, Forrest, Forrestania, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Katanning, Manjimup, Norseman, Nova, Ravensthorpe, Southern Cross, and Windarling.

South Australia flight validation checks April 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path validation safety checks at three South Australia aerodromes between Thursday 20 April and Sunday 30 April. A twin-engine aircraft will conduct a series of low-level flights to check flight paths and navigation aids and also check for any new obstacles within an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodromes. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed. The aerodromes being checked are Ceduna, Prominent Hill and Woomera.

Mildura, Victoria flight validation checks 25 April 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path validation safety checks at Mildura Airport on 25 April. A twin-engine aircraft will conduct a series of low-level flights to check flight paths and navigation aids and also check for any new obstacles within an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodrome. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed.

Perth Airport 27 March to 1 June 2017
Due to works at Perth Airport the cross runway known as Runway 06/24 will be closed from 27 March to 1 June. More information can be found on the Perth Airport website.

Aerial Inspections by Essential Energy, New South Wales February to October 2017
Essential Energy will be conducting aerial inspections of the network at various places around NSW from February to October to identify faults or potential problems not visible from the ground. The schedule and further information can be found on the Essential Energy website.

United States Air Force (USAF) F-22 Raptors, Northern Territory
A squadron of United States Air Force (USAF) F-22 Raptors will be based at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Tindal and will engage in training activities with the RAAF. The USAF F-22s will also conduct short training visits to Townsville with the RAAF’s F/A-18A/B Hornets. The F-22s will be on public display at the Australian International Air Show in Avalon.

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.

Implementation of Smart Tracking procedures on Runway 16 at Melbourne Airport – 10 November 2016
To enable a wider range of aircraft to use Smart Tracking at Melbourne Airport, Airservices is implementing a new international standard Smart Tracking procedure on Runway 16 to improve safety, noise and emission outcomes for Melbourne Airport.

Perth Airport 2015 Changes to Flight Paths – Post Implementation Review
In March 2015, Airservices announced three proposals to change air traffic management for Perth Airport. Two of these proposals were implemented in 2015 once environmental assessment and community consultation processes were completed.

Airservices committed to conduct a review of each change not before 12 months after implementation to ensure that seasonal variation was taken into account. Preferred runways review Post Implementation Review – Perth Preferred Runways report has now been published and the introduction of Smart Tracking review report will be published by end December 2016. Post Implementation Review Terms of Reference for these changes is available.

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.

Perth Airport aircraft noise validation study
The validation study shows on average there were 4.2 aircraft departures at a time that is likely to cause sleep disturbance. This number of flights exceeds Airservices assessment criterion (of three flights) for this proposal and therefore confirms the original conclusion that the initiative did not provide an overall noise improvement.

Airservices had previously indicated that if the validation confirmed the environmental modelling, this initiative would not be pursued further. We consider this flight path change initiative to now be closed. The Perth Airport aircraft noise validation study is now complete and a summary is available.

Darwin arrivals and departures – 26 May 2016
Airservices and Defence recently performed a regular review of the changes that were made in 2015 and identified some minor adjustments that are required to ensure the highest level of safety assurance is achieved and that aircraft are managed as efficiently as possible. These changes will come into effect on 26 May.

Perth Preferred Runways Environmental Assessment Summary – updated
The Perth Preferred Runways Environmental Assessment Summary has been updated in response to recommendations by the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman in the Investigation into complaints about the Perth noise improvement proposals November 2015

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.

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.