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.


Black Hawk helicopters Sydney, NSW 23-28 February 2017
As part of a training exercise, up to five Black Hawk helicopters will fly over Sydney and surrounding areas between 23-28 February. The flights will be conducted in the afternoon and evening and will generally finish around 11.30 pm. Some low flying will be involved.

Flight validation checks Albury and Cooma, NSW 21 February 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will be conducting flight validation safety checks at and around Albury and Cooma airports on 21 February. 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.

Flight validation checks East Sale and Melbourne, VIC 22-25 February 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will be conducting flight validation safety checks at and around East Sale and Melbourne airports between 22-25 February. 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.

Australian Defence Force training exercise Bulahdelah, New South Wales 20 February to 17 March 2017

A training exercise involving military jet aircraft will take place in the Bulahdelah area of New South Wales during daylight hours for four weeks from 20 February. PC-9 aircraft and Hawk 127 Fighter aircraft will conduct air support down to 45 metres (150 feet), and F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft will provide support operating at higher altitudes, at approximately 4572 m (15 000 ft).

Aerial Inspections by Essential Energy, New South Wales February to May 2017

Essential Energy will be conducting aerial inspections of the network at various places around NSW from February to May to identify faults or potential problems not visible from the ground. The schedule and further information can be found on the Essential Energy website

Flight validation checks Sydney 18-19 February 2017

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will be conducting flight validation safety checks at and around Sydney Airport on 18 to 19 February.  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.

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.

Perth 6 February-25 March 2017

Perth Airport will be conducting required runway works from 6 February 2017 to 25 March 2017. During this time, the longer main runway 03/21 will be closed between 8 am and 5 pm daily, except Sundays. Residents in the eastern and western suburbs will notice an increase in air traffic. More information on the runway works can be found on the Perth Airport website.

Amberley Queensland February 2017

F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft will conduct a number of practice display flights over Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley in February. Some low-level flying over the base will be involved. Further details can be found on the Air Force website.

Townsville 13-23 February 2017

A wide range of general flying and tactical exercises will be conducted by the military in the Townsville Field Training Areas (TFTA) between 13-16 February and 20-23 February. Residents can expect an increase of aviation activity in the TFTA and an increase of military operations at Townsville.

Williamtown, NSW and Amberley, QLD 27 February to 31 March 2017

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will be conducting a wide range of air defence exercises in the Williamtown and Amberley restricted and danger areas. Exercises will be conducted in daylight hours and primarily over water. Exercises are expected to be conducted in two, two-hour time slots daily and there will be no flying on weekends.

Residents can expect an increase of military operations at both Williamtown and Amberley airports.

Adelaide Coastal areas 30 January – 18 February 2017

The Australian Defence Force will be conducting trials with military ships and aircraft in the Adelaide coastal areas. The trials will include low and high-level fast jet interaction with military ships as well as smaller jets, P3 Orion aircraft and military helicopters. Operations are expected to be conducted between 8 am to 5.30 pm.

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.

Regular international freight services to commence at Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport – 22 November 2016
Cathay Pacific Airways will commence operating a 747-8F international weekly scheduled air cargo service out of Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport between Toowoomba and Hong Kong on 22 November 2016. For further information go to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport website.

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?

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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.