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Noise and Flight Path Monitoring System

Defence operates Noise and Flight Path Monitoring Systems (NFPMS) to provide the community with information about aircraft noise associated with military operations at three RAAF bases. Defence is conducting noise assessment at some childcare centres on RAAF Bases.

The NFPMS provides information in a format that is easy to read and understand, and helps Defence to manage community aircraft noise exposure.

The Department of Defence has engaged Bruel Kjaer EMS (Australia) to install, maintain and operate an NFPMS at RAAF Bases Amberley, Townsville and Williamtown. Quarterly reporting from the NFPMS can be accessed by following the links at the bottom of this page.

How the Noise and Flight Path Monitoring System Works

An NFPMS is a computer based system that correlates aircraft noise with aircraft flight track data from an air traffic control system. The NFPMS operated by Defence is the same system used to monitor noise near major airports in Australia (such as Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney) and overseas (at Denver, Heathrow, San Francisco).

Aircraft noise levels are measured by noise monitors installed near Defence bases. The monitors are very sensitive (for example, it can sometimes measure buses, trucks and loud cars), so the information from the noise monitor is compared to radar flight paths.

If the timing of a noise event matches the radar track made by an aircraft, that noise is attributed to the aircraft and will appear in our NFPMS reports. Sometimes, the noise cannot be matched to radar tracks, so the noise is treated as background noise and is not included in our NFPMS reports.

For detailed information, download our factsheet on the measurement of aircraft noise.

Quarterly Reports (Interactive)

Airports around Australia use NFPMS to provide local communities with noise and flight track data recorded by automated terminals.  Defence has reported NFPMS data to local communities since 2005 and, in 2013, introduced an innovative new webpage report to replace paper-based reporting.

The new interactive NFPMS webpages can be accessed by following the links in the tables below.  These webpages are updated every three months and provide detailed flight track and noise information.  By clicking on the various drop-down menus, or on the noise monitoring terminals, it is possible to explore the local noise environment and flying activities.

A video demonstrating the new NFPMS reports and explaining how to use it is available here (45.3mb).

Annual reports that summarise activity at each base are also available.

RAAF Base Williamtown Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
2017 2017 2017
2017 Accessible Version 2017 2017
2016 2016 2016 2016 2016
2016 Accessible Version 2016 2016 2016 2016
2015 2015 2015 2015 2015
2015 Accessible Version 2015 2015 2015 2015
2014 2014 2014 2014 2014
2014 Accessible Version 2014 2014 2014 2014
2013 2013 2013 2013 2013
2013 Accessible Version 2013 2013 2013 2013

Historical versions of Williamtown NFPMS reports are available here.

RAAF Base Amberley Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
2017 2017 2017
2017 Accessible Version 2017 2017
2016 2016 2016 2016 2016
2016 Accessible Version 2016 2016 2016 2016
2015 2015 2015 2015 2015
2015 Accessible Version 2015 2015 2015 2015
2014 2014 2014 2014 2014
2014 Accessible Version 2014 2014 2014 2014
2013 2013 2013 2013 2013
2013 Accessible Version 2013 2013 2013 2013

Historical versions of Amberley NFPMS reports are available here.

Information about Australian Super Hornet conditions of consent and monitoring are located on the environment pages.

RAAF Base Townsville Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
2017 2017 2017
2017 Accessible Version 2017 2017
2016 2016 2016 2016 2016
2016 Accessible Version 2016 2016 2016 2016
2015 2015 2015 2015 2015
2015 Accessible Version 2015 2015 2015 2015
2014 2014 2014 2014 2014
2014 Accessible Version 2014 2014 2014 2014
2013 2013 2013 2013 2013
2013 Accessible Version 2013 2013 2013 2013

RAAF Base Darwin NFPMS Reports

Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Annual
2011 2011 2011 2011 2011

Temporary community noise monitoring was conducted during Exercise Pitch Black 2012.  The key results of the two week monitoring project are available at the link below.

Pitch Black 12 monitoring

Quarterly Reports (Historical)

Historical quarterly and annual reports for all Defence NFPMS sites can be downloaded here.