Hobart Community and Industry Suggested Alternatives

In April 2022, Airservices completed the Post Implementation Review (PIR) for the Hobart flight path changes that were implemented in November 2019. Airservices conducts PIRs into airspace and flight path changes to verify assumptions about potential environmental and community impacts and to determine the effectiveness of the environmental impact assessment and community engagement processes. The outcomes of PIRs inform future changes and improve the overall change management process.

The scope of the Hobart PIR was developed in consultation with the community and considered the supporting environmental assessments for the flight path changes, community information regarding aircraft operations and forecast noise

In April 2022, Airservices completed the Post Implementation Review (PIR) for the Hobart flight path changes that were implemented in November 2019. Airservices conducts PIRs into airspace and flight path changes to verify assumptions about potential environmental and community impacts and to determine the effectiveness of the environmental impact assessment and community engagement processes. The outcomes of PIRs inform future changes and improve the overall change management process.

The scope of the Hobart PIR was developed in consultation with the community and considered the supporting environmental assessments for the flight path changes, community information regarding aircraft operations and forecast noise, and flight path suggested alternatives from the community and industry.

The PIR identified an array of alternatives suggested by the community and industry, some of which were found to be viable for further investigation and detailed assessment. We have commenced detailed evaluation of these alternatives and have divided them into two packages of work.

Package 1: Commencing Q4 2022

Recommended action 5: Airservices will undertake further assessment of a potential Noise Abatement Procedure (NAP) change to specify preferred runway use at sensitive times of the day, including further community and industry engagement to determine what times of day or night would apply and operational requirements for exemptions.

We are planning to meet with residents in the vicinity of Forcett, Dodges Ferry, Carlton, Carlton River, Primrose Sands, Connellys Marsh and Dunalley in November 2022 to seek input on the NAP proposal. In addition, we will be hosting an online community consultation session for those residents unable to attend the in-person sessions. Information about these community consultation sessions will be provided on this page and we encourage you to subscribe to this page to receive updates.

Package 2: Commencing Q1/Q2 2023

Airservices is jointly considering all the recommended actions that require further airspace design, and associated assessments, to ensure a rigorous process for the consideration of any changes. These proposals are:

Recommended action 4: Airservices will undertake further assessment of the community suggested change of moving the RWY30 RNP-AR STAR 2-3km to the east.

Recommended action 6: Airservices will undertake further investigation of the community suggested flight path change to move RWY30 arrivals to the east coast (over water) to determine an appropriate STAR starting waypoint and validate the track miles assessment.

Recommended action 7: Airservices will undertake further assessment of a suggested new RWY30 departure route (alternative 2) to New Zealand.

Recommended action 8: Airservices will undertake further assessment of a suggested new RWY12 departure route (alternative 2) to New Zealand.

Recommended action 9: Airservices will undertake further assessment of a suggested new RWY12 arrival route (alternative 1) from New Zealand.

Recommended action 10: Airservices will undertake further assessment of a suggested new RWY30 arrival route (alternative 1) from New Zealand.

We are planning to engage with the community on these proposals in early to mid-2023 when further design and assessment work is completed.

  • Update on Noise Abatement Procedure Trial

    Thank you for your patience regarding the outcome of the Noise Abatement Procedure trial. We are currently finalising our analysis using our Flight Path Design Principles. Our primary focus is on safety, however we are also considering noise impacts, locations of community facilities and other noise sensitive sites, efficiency, environmental and operational elements. We expect to have a resolution on this issue by 30 June 2023 and will update this page with the outcome. We will be looking to engage with the community on this topic through face to face discussions. Locations and dates will be advised shortly.

    Given the even split in community response to this proposal, it is extremely important that Airservices is able to demonstrate a sound assessment process behind any decision we make. As such, this is taking more time than we had anticipated. We recognise the community will want to see the detail of our assessment and are in the process of documenting this so it is clear on what basis we have formed our views.

  • Noise Abatement Procedure Trial - Further Community Engagement Update

    We are continuing to work through further assessment of the proposed Noise Abatement Procedure trial.

    Given the lack of a clear community preference, we need to ensure any decision we make is backed by sufficient assessment and evidence. We are reviewing current aircraft movement data, our earlier assessment, and information we have shared with the community. We will provide a further update as soon as possible.

    We apologize for the delay in providing an outcome to this recommendation from the Hobart Airspace Design Post Implementation Review (PIR) and thank you for your understanding.


  • Noise Abatement Procedure Trial - Community Engagement Update

    Airservices invited feedback from the public on the proposal for a Noise Abatement Procedure (NAP) trial in relation to arriving aircraft to Runway 30 at Hobart Airport. Between November and December 2022 we requested community feedback on different options for the trial, including the option to do nothing.

    We have reviewed the feedback received through our survey and have not been able to identify a clear community preference in relation to the implementation of the NAP trial, with just over 50 per cent of respondents noting support for the trial at one time or another and just under 50 per cent noting they did not support a trial at any time. The graph below shows a breakdown of responses against each of the options presented. A total of 91 people responded to the survey.

    As a result, we are currently conducting further assessment to determine next steps. This includes further analysis of benefits and impacts, as well as engaging with industry and other stakeholders. We anticipate being able to provide a further update in the next two to three weeks.

    We apologise for the delay in providing an outcome to this recommendation from the Hobart Airspace Design Post Implementation Review (PIR).


  • NAP trial survey options being assessed

    Thank you again to all those who completed the Noise Abatement Procedure (NAP) survey.

    With the array of feedback we received through the survey, we are now assessing the safety and operational viability of each of the options suggested.

    We expect to update the community on the outcome of the survey and the next steps by 31 March 2023.

    Subscribe to this page to stay up to date as this project progresses.

  • NAPs survey now closed

    Thank you to all those who completed the Noise Abatement Procedure survey.

    The survey has now closed, and we anticipate that we will be able to share the recommended outcome of the proposed NAPs trial with the community in early 2023.

    We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to continued engagement in the new year.

    Community Engagement Team

  • NAPs survey closes 11 December

    We have received valuable feedback through the NAPs survey. There has been a lot of interest, so the survey will remain open until 11 December to ensure that all interested residents have an opportunity to put their preferences forward. Click here to complete the survey.

  • Community consultation session - Change of venue (Saturday 26 November)

    The community consultation session scheduled for Saturday 26 November 2022 (from 10am to 3pm) has been moved to the Primrose Sands Community Centre at 570 Primrose Sands Road, Primrose Sands.

    We apologise for the late change and any inconvenience caused, and we hope to see you on Saturday.

  • Update to survey options

    Following feedback from the community on our survey options, we are pleased to confirm that we have added an additional option (option 5) which allows you to nominate a time period of your own choosing if that is your preference. Complete the survey here.

    Suggested time periods for NAPS will be assessed for suitability, safety and operational feasibility.


  • Noise Abatement Procedure trial - release of community survey

    Airservices is inviting feedback from the public on the terms of a Noise Abatement Procedure (NAP) trial relating to arriving aircraft to Runway 30 at Hobart Airport.

    The options take account of the community request to share noise during noise sensitive times of the day, safety, and operational requirements.

    Detailed information about the Noise Abatement Procedure trial can be found here.

    To have your say and complete the survey click here.

    The results of the survey will be used to inform a trial of noise abatement procedures at Hobart Airport. Following the trial, we will seek feedback from the community on the effectiveness of the trial NAPs and prepare a draft report on the performance of the NAPs which will make a recommendation for either ongoing implementation or further refinement of the NAPs.

  • Community consultation sessions

    Community consultation sessions are being hosted in Dodges Ferry, Primrose Sands and Dunalley on 21, 22 and 26 November to allow community members to have input into and discuss noise abatement procedure options relating to Hobart Airport arrivals to Runway 30.

    From 4pm to 7pm on Monday 21 November at the Okines Community House (540 Old Forcett Road, Dodges Ferry)

    From 10am to 1pm on Tuesday 22 November at the Dunalley Community Hall (5 Franklin Street, Dunalley)

    From 4pm to 7pm on Tuesday 22 November 2022 at the Primrose Sands RSL (415 Primrose Sands Road, Primrose Sands)

    From 10am to 3pm on Saturday 26 November 2022 at the Primrose Sands Community Centre (570 Primrose Sands Road, Primrose Sands)

    To register your attendance at a community consultation session, click here.

    Note: these sessions are not structured formal meetings with a specific start time, rather drop-in style sessions where community members can have one-on-one conversations with Airservices staff.

    An online briefing session will also take place via Webex at 7pm on Wednesday 23 November 2022.

    Registrations are required for the online session and can be made here. If you would like to ask a question for discussion at the session, please add your question when you register.