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.
Airservices will be introducing changes to the airspace surrounding Melbourne Airport on 8 November 2018. The airspace changes are required to meet new regulations to safely manage incoming flights on approach to Melbourne Airport. There will be no changes to the current flight paths. The change requires aircraft to fly slightly lower (500ft) during a small section of their final approach. Environmental assessments indicate there will be no discernible increase in aircraft noise on the ground. For more information on the changes, or to provide feedback, please visit the Airservices website.
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 link. Airservices 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.
Information on the consultation process is now available at this link.
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.
Air Show at Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield Queensland 26 and 27 May 2018
Local residents may notice increased aviation activity in the vicinity of Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield on Saturday and Sunday 26 and 27 May. Warbird and other vintage aircraft as well as aerobatic aircraft will be part of the air show.
Black Hawk Helicopters Melbourne region Victoria May 2018
Australian Army Black Hawk helicopters will be over Melbourne and the Melbourne region in mid to late May as part of an exercise. Some low flying will be involved around civilian buildings and transport hubs. More information can be found on the Army website .
Black Hawk Helicopters Hobart region Tasmania May 2018
Australian Army Black Hawk helicopters will be over Hobart and the Hobart region in mid to late May as part of an exercise. Some low flying will be involved around civilian buildings and transport hubs. More information can be found on the Army website
Melbourne Airport 19 May 2018
Due to required runway maintenance, the north – south runway, Runway 16/34, will be closed from 00:30am to 04:30am on Saturday 19 May. Residents to the east and west may notice an increase in air traffic during this time.
Rylstone Airfield NSW 19 May 2018
An open day will be held at the Rylstone Airfield on Saturday 19 May between 9am and 5pm. A number of displays including an aerobatic display will occur.
Military exercises Sydney and Wollongong May 2018
Black Hawk military helicopters will conduct military exercises over Sydney and Wollongong including Sydney Harbour and Port Kembla in May. This will involve low flying by helicopters over civilian locations including maritime vessels and transport hubs. Further information can be found on the Army website.
Military exercises Perth and South-West WA May and June 2018
Black Hawk military helicopters will conduct military exercises over Perth and the South-West region of Western Australia until mid-June. This will involve low flying by helicopters over civilian locations. Further information can be found on the Army website.
Darwin NT 14 – 24 May 2018
Elements of the Australian and international military forces operating from Darwin and Tindal airports will be conducting a wide range of tactical flying, firing and parachute exercises across northern Australia between 14 and 24 May 2018. Residents can expect an increase in military activity at both Darwin and Tindal airports. Exercise activity is not planned within 40nm of Darwin. Military aircraft will try and avoid known sensitive areas and areas of high density tourist activity.
Learmonth WA 14 – 24 May 2018
Elements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) operating from Learmonth Airport will be conducting a range of tactical flying exercises in the Learmonth restricted areas, between 14 and 24 May 2018. Residents can expect an increase of military activity at Learmonth Airport. Exercises are expected to be conducted between 08:30 and 17:00 Monday to Friday. There will be no activity on weekends. Military aircraft will avoid known sensitive areas and areas of high density tourist aviation activity.
Rockhampton and Townsville QLD 14 May – 01 July 2018
Elements of the Australian Defence Force will be conducting activities within and in the vicinity of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) during the period 14 May to 01 July 2018. Military fixed and rotary wing aircraft will be operating from Townsville, Amberley and Rockhampton airports and from maritime platforms. Live firing activities will take place throughout the SWBTA inland ranges and Townshend Island. Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) will be operating in the SWBTA areas. Military aircraft will avoid known areas of sensitivity and mustering.
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.
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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.