Defence has an honest and open approach about the noise experienced by residents living near RAAF bases. As part of this approach, Defence maintains a comprehensive website providing a range of aircraft noise information at www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise.
The Defence aircraft noise website contains a range of information about Defence flying operations, aircraft noise forecasts and noise monitoring activities. Information about flight paths, military engines, night flying and training is also available.
Information about the economic contribution of RAAF Base Amberley to the Queensland economy and Ipswich is also available.
In 2010 Defence installed a Noise and Flight Path Monitoring System (NFPMS) to record and report flying activity and aircraft noise in the Amberley region.
The NFPMS operated by Defence is the same system used by major civil airports, such as Sydney and Brisbane, and is the first military aircraft noise monitoring and reporting system of its type in the world.
The NFPMS records noise by aircraft based at and visiting Amberley and quarterly results are published on the Defence noise monitoring website.
The F-35A Lightning II (F-35A) will be Australia's next generation air combat fighter. The F-35A will be based at RAAF Bases Williamtown and Tindal, and will visit RAAF Base Amberley for operations and staging.
A copy of the Environmental Impact Statement and approval for the F-35A is available here.
The F/A-18F Super Hornet is Australia's newest fighter aircraft and gives Australia an upgraded air combat capability until the full introduction into service of the F-35A Lightning II (F-35A).
Noise emissions from the F/A-18F Super Hornet are managed by Air Force in accordance with the Public Environment Report.
A copy of the report and noise management plans for the Super Hornet is available here.
The EA-18G Growler is an airborne electronic attack aircraft capable of providing force level electronic warfare support by disrupting, deceiving or denying a broad range of military electronic systems, including radars and communications.
The 12 EA-18G Growlers will be based at RAAF Base Amberley and will operate in conjunction with our air, land and sea forces.
In 2006 the Department of Infrastructure (then known as the Department of Transport and Regional Services) produced a booklet designed to help airports and communities talk about aircraft noise. While aimed at airport operators, it includes useful information on the ANEF system and "Number above" noise contour maps.
Standards Australia has prepared a handbook to guide airports on the types of information that should be produced to best inform local residents about noise. The information contained in this handbook explains different aircraft noise metrics, and provides recommendations on how to use them.
The handbook can be purchased from Standards Australia.
In January 2015 Defence and the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman signed a Memorandum of Understanding to extend the Ombudsman’s role to provide an independent complaints and review mechanism for Defence.
The Aircraft Noise Ombudsman website provides a range of information about aircraft noise, including complaint reports and statistics.
RAAF Base Amberley has established a local Community Aviation Consultation Group to help facilitate greater community consultation, particularly on planning and development activities on the airport.
You can contact Air Force with an enquiry.