Airservices collects noise and operational data from two noise monitors (Environmental Monitoring Unit, EMU) around Essendon Airport.
Noise monitoring is not conducted to determine compliance with aircraft noise regulations – there is no regulated maximum level for aircraft noise. Rather, aircraft operating in Australia are required to meet noise standards imposed through the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018. These regulations stipulate compliance with international noise standards that apply to the design and production of aircraft, and specify the amount of noise that may be emitted by an aircraft type or model. Aircraft that do not meet these standards are prohibited from engaging in air navigation in Australia unless exceptional circumstances apply. This is administered by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.
Noise monitoring is conducted to:
- determine the contribution of aircraft noise to the overall noise that a community is exposed to
- provide information to the community about aircraft noise and operations
- help local authorities make informed land use decisions
- inform estimates of the impact of changes to air traffic control procedures
- validate noise modelling
- inform the determination of aircraft noise policy by government and assist in the implementation of legislation.
More information is available on the Monitoring Aircraft Noise page.
Select a location to view the most frequently correlated aircraft types for that noise monitor for the period of January 2016 – June 2016.