Sunshine Coast Airport

Noise Monitoring

This report is no longer updated and will be removed on 1 July 2021. Current and ongoing reporting is now accessed through our interactive portal. If you have any questions about the removal of this report please contact ourĀ Noise Complaints and Information Service.

Noise data was collected from short-term noise monitoring between 6 July 2016 and 6 July 2017 at:

  • Twin Waters
  • Marcoola

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 in the Monitoring Aircraft Noise fact sheet.

Select a location to view the most frequently correlated aircraft types for that noise monitor.

Explanation of terms used
Information found in the aircraft’s flight plan is combined with noise data from the Noise and Flight Path Monitoring System to produce the tables shown for each location below.
Aircraft Type
Where known, aircraft types are listed by name and notated as either jet (J), turboprop (T), propeller (P) or helicopter (H).

Where the aircraft type is listed as “General Aviation”, this means that the aircraft type or category is not known. This occurs when a detailed flight plan has not been lodged for the flight. This is often the case for training activities.

Operation Type

(A) – Arrival
(D) – Departure
(T) – Operation that departs and arrives at the same airport, including circuits and training flights
(O) – Overflight – an operation that neither arrives at nor departs from the airport

Correlated Noise Event (CNE)

A noise event matched to an aircraft operation that flew through the capture zone


Maximum sound level in decibels (dB(A))

Twin Waters
Aircraft Type (Category)AirportOperation TypeRunwayNo. of Correlated Noise EventsLAmax dB(A) AverageLAmax dB(A) Maximum
A320 (J)Sunshine CoastD18127266.080.7
A320 (J)Sunshine CoastA36107471.777.6
General Aviation Sunshine CoastT3676858.879.3
General Aviation Sunshine CoastA3670259.980.2
General Aviation Sunshine CoastD1865661.880.7
General Aviation Sunshine CoastO56758.676.5
B738 (J)Sunshine CoastD1850972.183.9
General Aviation Sunshine CoastT1840758.880.8
B738 (J)Sunshine CoastA3639176.881.6
General Aviation Sunshine CoastTH31159.075.8
Aircraft Type (Category)AirportOperation TypeRunwayNo. of Correlated Noise EventsLAmax dB(A) AverageLAmax dB(A) Maximum
A320 (J)Sunshine CoastA18139776.983.4
General AviationSunshine CoastT36133565.687.8
A320 (J)Sunshine CoastD36105980.085.2
General AviationSunshine CoastTH104461.481.3
B06 (H)Sunshine CoastTH103161.581.1
General AviationSunshine CoastD36100868.289
General AviationSunshine CoastT1899761.983.8
General AviationSunshine CoastA1873463.882.8
B738 (J)Sunshine CoastA1857079.586.6
General AviationSunshine CoastO56663.688.5