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Moving house

When purchasing a new home, it is important to think about the impact aircraft noise may have at a new location. The information below outlines aspects to consider prior to buying a new home. It outlines some of the main areas of concern around aircraft noise and where to go to find more information.

More information on ways to reduce aircraft noise at home is available. You should keep in mind that hearing, like other senses, is a matter of perception and everyone has different levels of tolerance to aircraft noise. Find out more about the fundamentals of sound.

Things to consider

  1. Check how close the house is to an airport. Aircraft taking off make the most noise as their engines are at, or near, full power. Small airports or aerodromes are often bases for circuit training which can cause persistent aircraft noise.
  2. Visit the location on different dates, in different seasons, times and when the wind is blowing in different directions. As aircraft land and take off into the wind, wind direction has a major impact on the amount of noise.
  3. Talk to locals. See what their perception of noise in the area is and ask about seasonal variations in noise levels.
  4. Find out if the house is under a flight path. A flight path is like a highway in the sky. Near airports, these tend to be lined up with the runway centreline and from some distance out so that arriving aircraft are established on a safe and stable approach.
  5. Check to see if the area is a popular tourist spot. There may be tourist services such as sight-seeing flights or sky-diving or patrol and rescue services nearby.
  6. Check where the local hospitals are. Medical emergency helicopters may fly to those hospitals at any time of the day or night as required.
  7. Consider your lifestyle. Are you going to be home during the day? Do you spend time outside or sleep with the windows open in the summer months?
  8. Check the construction of the home. Is it well insulated from noise?

Where to find more information

  • WebTrak allows anyone with access to the internet to get information about where aircraft fly over major metropolitan areas.
  • Aircraft Noise Information Reports
  • Information on runways. Airservices website includes information on major airports, their runway directions and illustrations of associated flight paths.
  • Airport future planning. Major airports are required to produce a master plan every five years. This outlines future growth plans of the airport including a 20-year forecast for aircraft movements. Master plans are published on individual airport websites and include the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF), a land use planning tool which shows the expected noise footprint around an airport.
  • Brisbane flight paths. The Real Estate Institute of Queensland provides information about flight paths at Brisbane for prospective home buyers.