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Defence Establishment Fairbairn

Defence Establishment Fairbairn

Noise Mitigation

Canberra Airport is a non-curfew airport with 24 hour flying operations permitted.

Canberra Airport works with Airservices Australia and has in place comprehensive noise abatement procedures for arriving and departing aircraft to minimise the impact on the community.  A number of exceptions apply to the noise abatement areas such as aircraft emergencies, medical priorities, hazardous weather and the arrival and departure of VIP aircraft.

Air Force commits to undertake flying operations in a manner which is considerate of our local communities, whilst maintaining the safe operation of the aircraft.

Air Force endeavour to adhere to the Air Force Fly Neighbourly Policy for minimising aircraft noise. The principles of this policy are:

  • using appropriate runway length for departures to maximise height over local communities;
  • minimising the use of afterburner on fast jets during takeoff and climbing to altitude as quickly as possible;
  • limiting the speed of aircraft over populated areas;
  • minimising flight over residential areas and other noise sensitive buildings such as hospitals and schools;
  • avoiding low flying over populated areas and known noise sensitive areas such as live stock yards;
  • minimising flying late at night or early in the morning;
  • conducting aircraft noise awareness in pilot training and familiarisation;
  • notifying local communities of major exercises or other non-routine training and flying activities such as flying displays.