Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is committed to minimising noise impacts of Brisbane Airport (BNE) operations on neighbouring communities, while responding to the economic and social drivers for the continued growth of Brisbane Airport.
Through our community engagement program, we strive to maintain a clear understanding of who our neighbouring communities are and what matters to them by generating informed, respectful, honest and ongoing conversations, particularly when it comes to our airport operations and how they may be affected. This includes listening to suggestions about ways to reduce aircraft noise and investigating them thoroughly.
Together with Airservices Australia and our airline partners, we’ve developed and implemented noise abatement programs and are committed to continue to work with the community and industry in investigating a number of initiatives to drive continuous improvement to the noise impacts of flight paths over residential areas.
Following feedback from residents wanting to better understand noise levels in their neighbourhood, BAC has purchased a noise monitoring terminal that will be deployed for short periods at different locations across Brisbane. The monitor will allow us to observe the noise abatement procedures, investigate improved noise outcomes, and share this information with the community.
The monitor has been initially sited at Balmoral and will be cycled through other identified locations over the next 12 months.
Day-to-day monitoring of the decibel readings is available via the dashboard report below.
Balmoral Hill Noise Monitor (live from 30 July)
Source: Envirosuite and Airservices Australia
Why is there is difference in numbers shown between the Balmoral and Bulimba monitors?
The monitors are in different locations, with the Bulimba monitor capturing slightly more air traffic within its range to the north.
How will the monitor record reliable results given air traffic is impacted by COVID?
The monitor is in place to register the noise level being experienced, rather than the frequency of aircraft operations and will record noise events for the mix of different aircraft types. The monitor can also be redeployed to a location in future.
Where will the monitor be located next?
At the end of this first trial, the monitor will move to the following locations over the next 12 months:
- Upper Brookfield
If you would like to suggest a future location for the noise monitor, contact the BAC Community Relations team here.
How were these locations identified?
These locations have been selected based on community feedback regarding noise and the operation of the flight paths.
- Balmoral Hill - to understand the difference in noise levels compared to the existing Bulimba monitor and the impact of elevation on the noise levels.
- Samford and Upper Brookfield - to record the noise levels being experienced in communities where no existing monitors are in place, and to understand how the terrain in these areas may impact the level of noise being experienced.
- Northgate - to track the noise impact of Turbo Props.
Why is the monitor only in a location for a short time?
To enable us to investigate specific community concerns at different locations. The monitor will be deployed at each location for a 2 – 3 month period to allow sufficient data to be captured to validate any findings.
Why can't I see the monitor on Webtrak?
This monitor is not part of the Airservices Noise and Flight Path Monitoring System (NFPMS). More information on the Airservices monitors is available here.
Who is managing the monitor?
We have engaged Envirosuite to manage the installation, calibration of the noise monitor. An independent Australian company that specialise in environment and noise monitoring systems, Envirosuite are responsible for the operation of noise monitoring systems in a number of countries globally, including here in Australia, where they manage the Airservices Noise and Flight Path Monitoring Systems (NFPMS).
At the end of each monitoring period, Envirosuite will provide a detailed report on the findings, correlating aircraft noise levels with aircraft type, height and frequency. The reports will be published to this web page.
How is the monitor calibrated?
Noise monitoring terminals are calibrated on location against background noise levels to make sure they are not triggered by general background noise sources. Additionally the noise events are calibrated against actual aircraft movements over the noise monitor (matched) to make sure the actual aircraft details are matched to the noise event.
Airservices Australia have commenced a Post Implementation Review (PIR) of the flight paths and airspace changes implemented to support parallel operations, and the associated aircraft noise impacts.
Community and industry suggestions for alternative operations and/or procedures for runway modes and noise abatement will form part of the review.
BAC strongly supports this review and will be an active stakeholder. We encourage those who are concerned about aircraft noise, and anyone in the community who is interested in how Brisbane Airport works for them, to participate
For information regarding the process and to register and subscribe for updates, visit the Airservices Australia website here.
On 31 March 2021, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) made a submission to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requesting a review of the allowable tailwind for arriving and departing aircraft, from 5 knots to 10 knots.
A copy of the submission to CASA is available to download below.
On 20 July 2021, BAC was advised by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) that the request to lift the allowable tailwind for arriving and departing aircraft at Brisbane Airport from 5 knots to 10 knots had been unsuccessful.
A copy of the response received by CASA is available to download below.
While we are disappointed, we accept CASA’s position and share its commitment to safety as the number one priority for air traffic operations.
Nonetheless, BAC is also committed to continuing to pursue improved noise outcomes for our neighbours and we have already commenced work to investigate an alternative tailwind option to the 10 knot request that has been rejected. We will be seeking aviation industry support for this and we remain hopeful that with that support we can submit a case to CASA that will be favourably reviewed.
Any improvement that can be safely achieved is worth pursuing.
Following on from an action arising out of a Brisbane Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group (BACACG) meeting, a Technical Airspace Design Workshop was held on 24 February 2021, with representatives in attendance from BAC, Airservices Australia, Virgin Australia, the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman, BACACG, the Brisbane Flight Path Community Alliance and the broader community.
A summary of the agreed-to-actions from the technical airspace design workshop is available to download.
In 2019, following concerns raised by a group within the community related to the expected height of aircraft over residential areas shortly after take-off, BAC together with Airservices Australia undertook a trial to assess the noise improvement potential of the two Noise Abatement Departure Procedures (NADPs) available in modern jet aircraft, NADP1 and NADP2.
The outcomes of this trial are available for review below.