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

Melbourne Airport VIC 20 to 22 August 2017
Due to required maintenance work, Runway 09/27 will be closed each night between 11 pm and 6 am, commencing at 11 pm on Sunday 20 August and finishing at 6 am on Tuesday 22 August. Residents to the north and south of the airport may notice an increase in air traffic during these periods.

Flight validation checks Sydney NSW 19 to 20 August 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path and navigation validation safety checks at Sydney Airport on 19 and 20 August. A twin-engine aircraft will conduct a series of low-level flights to check the flight paths and navigation aids and will also check for any new obstacles within an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodrome. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed.

Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield QLD 19 to 20 August 2017
An air show will take place at Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield on Saturday and Sunday 19 and 20 August. There will be a variety of aviation activities on both days and local residents may notice an increase in flights over the area.

Grafton NSW 20 August 2017
The Grafton Aero Club is hosting an open day on Sunday 20 August from 10am to 2pm at the airport. Local residents may notice an increase in flights over the area with various aircraft joy flights occurring during the day.

Melbourne Airport VIC 13 to 19 August 2017
Due to required maintenance work, Runway 09/27 will be closed each night between 11pm and 6am from 11pm on Sunday 13 August and finishing at 6am on Saturday 19 August. Residents to the north and south of the airport may notice an increase in air traffic during these periods.

Flight validation checks NSW and ACT 14 to 16 August 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path and navigation validation safety checks at Quirindi Airport and Wagga Wagga Airport in NSW and at Canberra Airport in the ACT, between 14 and 16 August. A twin-engine aircraft will conduct a series of low-level flights to check the flight paths and navigation aids and will also check for any new obstacles within an area up to 35 kilometres from the aerodrome. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed.

Sydney Airport NSW 14 to 15 August and 16 to 17 September 2017
Road upgrade projects are underway around Sydney Airport which will at times have an impact on runway operations at the airport. During the periods 14 to 15 August and 16 to 17 September the east-west runway, Runway 07/25, will be restricted to departures-only off Runway 25 due to these works. Operations on the parallel runways will not be affected.

Rockhampton QLD 31 August-14 October 2017
Defence Forces will conduct a wide range of exercise activities in the Shoalwater Bay Training Areas (SWBTA). Activities will include C130 transport and military helicopters operating from Rockhampton airport. Live firing will also occur in the SWBTA. C130 low level training will also occur.

Rockhampton and Townsville QLD 1-27 August 2017
Defence Forces will conduct training activities in the Shoalwater Bay Training Areas (SWBTA). Military helicopters will be operating from maritime platforms and live firing will be conducted from mainland ranges and Townshend Island. Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems will also be operating throughout the SWBTA.

Cabramatta NSW 14 August 2017
An Air Force C-27J Spartan transport aircraft will do a flypast over CabraVale Memorial Park in Cabramatta at 11.15 am on Monday August 14 as part of Victory in the Pacific commemorations. The aircraft will track south to north over the area at an altitude not below 80 metres (260 feet) above the terrain.

Aerial Inspections by Ausgrid, around Sydney and surrounding NSW areas July and August 2017
Ausgrid will be conducting aerial inspections of power lines in bush-fire prone areas from helicopters at locations around Sydney and further afield. The flights will be conducted at low levels over and close to power lines between 7:30am and 5:30pm through to the end of August. Further information can be found on the Ausgrid 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.

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.

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.

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.