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.
A 77SQN F/A-18A Hornet sporting the squadron's 70th anniversary "Grumpy Monkey" markings and battle honours begins to taxi towards the runway for night flying operations
2011 Noise and Flight Path Monitoring System
In 2011 Defence installed a Noise and Flight Path Monitoring System to record and report flying activity and aircraft noise in the Darwin region. The system was decommissioned after twelve months, however Defence conducted a short term monitoring program during Exercise Pitch Black 12.
Copies of these reports are available on the Defence noise monitoring website.
Australia's first Lockheed Martin, F-35A Lightning II
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 Darwin for operations and staging.
A copy of the Environmental Impact Statement and approval for the F-35A is available here.
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.
An Air Refuelling Operator with No. 33 Squadron, conducts a pre-flight inspection of the KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft on the flightline of RAAF Base Townsville
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.
Darwin International Airport 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 Darwin International Airport with an enquiry.