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.
SODPROPS 10kt Tailwind Proposal
On 31 March 2021, 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.
BAC will act on any advice from CASA and should other options need be investigated, we will continue to work with our airline partners and Airservices Australia on potential alternatives.
A copy of the submission to CASA is available to download below.
Flight Path Optimisation and Post Implementation Review
Airservices Australia have advised that they will conduct 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 flight paths and/or procedures for runway modes and noise abatement will form part of the review.
To receive updates on the review, visit the Airservices Australia website here to register and subscribe for updates
Technical Airspace Design Workshop
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.
NADP1 and NADP2 Noise Improvement Trial
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.