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 22 to 25 September 2017
Due to required maintenance work, Runway 16/34 will be closed from 00:30am to 04:30am each early morning on Friday 22 September, Sunday 24 September and Monday 25 September.  Residents to the east and west of the airport may notice an increase in air traffic during these periods.

Redcliffe Airport, Queensland 24 September 2017
Residents around Redcliffe Airport may notice an increase in air traffic due to the Open Day being held at the airport. Vintage aircraft and joy flights may occur between 10am and 3pm on Sunday 24 September.

Melbourne Airport VIC 21 September 2017
Due to required runway maintenance work, Runway 09/27 will be closed from 10am to 3:30pm on Thursday 21 September. Residents to the north and south of the airport may notice an increase in air traffic during this period.

Flight validation checks various airport New South Wales 30 September to 8 October 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path validation safety checks at and around a number of airports in New South Wales between Saturday 30 September and Sunday 8 October. The airports to be checked are Armidale, Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Coonabarabran, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Inverell, Moree, Narrabri, Tamworth, Tibooburra, and Walgett. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed around the aerodromes.

Flight validation checks various airport Queensland and South Australia 30 September to 8 October 2017
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting flight path validation safety checks at and around a number of airports in Queensland and at Moomba in South Australia between Saturday 30 September and Sunday 8 October. The Queensland airports to be checked are Ballera, Cunnamulla, Goondiwindi, St George, and Thargomindah. An uncommon flying pattern may be observed around the aerodromes.

Royal Australian Air Force Balloon Tour South Australia 13 to 22 September 2017
A number of South Australian towns will be visited by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Balloon with flights over a number of the towns. Towns include Renmark, Bordertown, Murray Bridge, Port Augusta, Ceduna and Clare. More information can be found on the RAAF website.

Salt Ash Air Weapons Range NSW 30 October to 3 November 2017
Jet aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown will conduct training at the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range from Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November 2017.

Darwin and Tindal NT 4 to 21 September 2017
Elements of Australian military forces will be operating from Darwin and conducting tactical flying firing exercises across northern Australia. Exercises are not planned within 25nm of Darwin, however residents may notice an increase of military activity at Darwin and Tindal airports. Where possible areas known as sensitive or high density tourist aviation areas will be avoided.

Puckapunyal Areas VIC 27 to 28 September 2017
The Australian Army will be conducting exercises in the Puckapunyal military areas. The exercises will include live firing reconnaissance helicopters and FA18 aircraft.

Rockhampton QLD 31 August to 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.

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.