IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
In response to the current global health crisis, residents in all Australian States and Territories can expect to see or hear changes to aircraft operations, including flight tracking and timing of activities.
These operations may include aircraft supporting emergency services, medical operations, and those providing important personnel movement, freight and logistics.
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.
For more information about proposed flight path changes around Australia visit the Flight path changes page on our website.
Military Aviation activity around Australia
The Department of Defence provides a webpage that advises of aviation operation at different locations around Australia: Operations Near Me. The general public can also access information on military aircraft activity at the below links:
An overview of the Defence Force’s aircraft noise procedures can be found on the Department of Defence website.
Battle of Britain Dawn Patrol flight Perth WA 11 September 2020
The Royal Aero Club of Western Australian will be conducting a Battle of Britain Dawn Patrol Commemoration flight on 11 September, departing Jandakot Airport at 05:50am and expected to return by 07:00am. A number of formation groups of aircraft will fly out of the airport, flying over the Swan River to Kings Park, Scarborough Beach and coastal back to Jandakot Airport.
Hobart & Launceston TAS 7 to 9 September 2020
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at both Hobart and Launceston airports between Monday 7 September and Wednesday 9 September. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from these airports during this time.
Melbourne and Essendon Airports 4 to 9 September 2020
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at both Melbourne Airport and Essendon Airport between Friday 4 September and Wednesday 9 September. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from these airports during this time.
Various airport VIC 1 to 9 September 2020
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will be conducting navigation aid checks at various airports in Victoria between Tuesday 1 September and Friday 4 September. These airports included Avalon, East Sale, Latrobe Valley, Moorabbin, and Swan Hill. Local residents may observe a twin-engine aircraft flying a low and uncommon flight pattern up to 50 kilometres from these airports during this time.
Melbourne Airport VIC 31 August to 3 September 2020
Due to required works at the airport, the east /west runway, Runway 0927, will be closed from 7:30am on Monday 31 August through to 4:30pm on Thursday 3 September. All aircraft will operate on the north /south runway during this time.
Gold Coast Airport QLD 30 August to 30 September 2020
Due to required works at the Gold Coast Airport, the main runway, Runway 14/32, will be closed each night from 8:00pm through to 6:00am the following morning, from Sunday 30 August to Wednesday 30 September.
Canberra Airport ACT from April 2020
Due to a decline in air traffic operating at Canberra Airport as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the airport operator has decided to close Runway 12/30 from Friday 3 April, for the foreseeable future. Runway 17/35 will remain available 24 hours a day and all aircraft will operate on that runway.
Sunshine Coast Airport QLD From Sunday 14 June 2020
The Sunshine Coast Airport’s new runway opens on Sunday 14 June 2020. New flight paths will also be operational from 14 June 2020 and will change the way aircraft operate as they arrive and depart from Sunshine Coast Airport. Further information can be found at the Airservices Engage website.
Sydney Airport NSW From 22 April 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sydney Airport will temporarily use the east-west runway (07/25) to park grounded aircraft from 22 April 2020. The parallel north-south runways will remain available for continued operations. Further information can be found at the Sydney Airport website.
Release of review into processes associated with aircraft noise management April 2018
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.
Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood portal for greater Sydney basin
Our new interactive portal incorporating suburb-based information and data for suburbs within the greater Sydney basin is now live: Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood. This portal replaces previous reporting on aircraft operations and complaints in this region. The portal will be progressively expanded to cover other metropolitan areas over the coming years.
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.
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.