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Managing aircraft noise while protecting Australia's national interests

Defence bases, air weapons ranges and low flying training areas play a significant role in the Defence strategy for Australia. They are essential for maintaining Defence's high training standards, operational capability and ability to respond to emergencies.

Two Australian F/A 18 Super Hornets

While aircraft noise can never be eliminated, Defence aircrews operate military aircraft in ways that minimise noise when flying over populated areas.

Defence has a consultative and open approach to the noise experienced by residents living near our bases and training areas, and we are working with affected communities and local councils to advise on land zoning and reduce noise impacts whilst balancing operational and training requirements.

Defence Flying and Training

No one can predict when or where Defence will need to operate, so our aircrews need experience in a range of environments. Although some training is conducted using flying simulators, nothing replaces actual experience for our pilots and crews.

When flying, noise reduction is accomplished by limiting the speed of aircraft in populated areas; avoiding the use of after-burners when safe to do so; minimising flying over residential areas and other noise sensitive buildings such as hospitals and schools; climbing to altitude as quickly as possible when departing; and minimising flying late at night or early in the morning.


Aircraft Noise Management Strategy

A clearly defined noise management strategy and a Fly Neighbourly policy have been developed, ensuring that Defence has a national approach consistent across all our bases, with clearly defined responsibilities.

To find information on flying activities visit the Air Force, Army and Navy websites or the Operations Near Me page.

Should you need need to contact the Department of Defence in regards to aircraft noise issues please refer to the Contact Us page.

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