Noise Action Plan for Brisbane

The Noise Action Plan for Brisbane is Airservices Australia’s plan to reduce the impact of aircraft noise on the communities of the wider Brisbane area. The plan was developed to address impacts resulting from changes to Brisbane’s airspace, following the introduction of Brisbane Airport's new parallel runway in July 2020.

The Noise Action Plan for Brisbane comprises four packages of work detailing 11 recommendations and 82 individual actions.

Airservices is actively engaging with industry stakeholders and the wider Brisbane community on aircraft noise, discussing potential flight path options and outlining key delivery milestones over three years (2023-2025).

Engage Airservices

You don’t need to register to just review our flight path materials. However, you do need to register to provide us with your feedback. To register, click on the Register button on the top right-hand side of the website. Learn more about registering here.

To receive Noise Action Plan for Brisbane updates, please enter your email address in the Stay Informed tool on the right-hand side of the project page and click Subscribe (if you're accessing this page on a mobile device, you may need to scroll down to find this tool). We provide alerts of program updates and engagement opportunities via email to subscribers and registered users.

Brisbane flight paths baseline model

Airservices has released an online interactive baseline model. This is a web-based tool that you can use to gain insights into the flight paths and air traffic patterns that may operate over your address. You can access operational information from 2019 (before the new runway) and 2022 (our most recent full year of data). Information is presented visually and numerically based on the time of day and prevailing wind direction. Modelled noise contours are also provided. We welcome feedback suggesting improvements. This tool will be used in 2024 to compare the options or preferred designs developed against current and pre-new runway operations. The tool will be updated in early 2024 with 2023 operations data.

You can access the baseline model here; and provide feedback on it here.

Community wellbeing support

As part of the Noise Action Plan for Brisbane, to support community wellbeing, Airservices Australia has extended our Employee Assistance Program to any community member who is feeling negatively affected by aircraft operations. This is a confidential service, free of charge to community members. More information on support available here.

The Noise Action Plan for Brisbane is Airservices Australia’s plan to reduce the impact of aircraft noise on the communities of the wider Brisbane area. The plan was developed to address impacts resulting from changes to Brisbane’s airspace, following the introduction of Brisbane Airport's new parallel runway in July 2020.

The Noise Action Plan for Brisbane comprises four packages of work detailing 11 recommendations and 82 individual actions.

Airservices is actively engaging with industry stakeholders and the wider Brisbane community on aircraft noise, discussing potential flight path options and outlining key delivery milestones over three years (2023-2025).

Engage Airservices

You don’t need to register to just review our flight path materials. However, you do need to register to provide us with your feedback. To register, click on the Register button on the top right-hand side of the website. Learn more about registering here.

To receive Noise Action Plan for Brisbane updates, please enter your email address in the Stay Informed tool on the right-hand side of the project page and click Subscribe (if you're accessing this page on a mobile device, you may need to scroll down to find this tool). We provide alerts of program updates and engagement opportunities via email to subscribers and registered users.

Brisbane flight paths baseline model

Airservices has released an online interactive baseline model. This is a web-based tool that you can use to gain insights into the flight paths and air traffic patterns that may operate over your address. You can access operational information from 2019 (before the new runway) and 2022 (our most recent full year of data). Information is presented visually and numerically based on the time of day and prevailing wind direction. Modelled noise contours are also provided. We welcome feedback suggesting improvements. This tool will be used in 2024 to compare the options or preferred designs developed against current and pre-new runway operations. The tool will be updated in early 2024 with 2023 operations data.

You can access the baseline model here; and provide feedback on it here.

Community wellbeing support

As part of the Noise Action Plan for Brisbane, to support community wellbeing, Airservices Australia has extended our Employee Assistance Program to any community member who is feeling negatively affected by aircraft operations. This is a confidential service, free of charge to community members. More information on support available here.

  • Trax International appointed to deliver Packages 3 and 4

    Airservices Australia is pleased to advise that Trax International (Trax), a leading provider of professional and technical services, has been appointed to deliver Packages 3 and 4 of the Noise Action Plan for Brisbane. This follows an open market tender invitation in 2023, which received three responses, for appropriately-skilled and qualified consultants.

    The Trax appointment follows their independent review of Airservices’ Post Implementation Review of the flight paths designed for Brisbane Airport's new parallel runway in July 2020. Recommendations from that review formed the basis of the action plan, which was developed to reduce the impact of aircraft noise following the introduction of the new runway.

    Trax is already working on designs that respond to Package 3 and 4 actions, and they have advised that the first options should be ready to share with the wider Brisbane community after Easter.

    We look forward to continuing to work with the Brisbane community as Trax delivers these actions. Subscribe to our alerts to keep up-to-date with developments on the Noise Action Plan for Brisbane and for opportunities to participate in our community engagement sessions on the flight path proposals.

  • Update 17

    Noise Action Plan for Brisbane – 2023 summary and quarterly update #4

    Welcome to the fourth quarterly update on the progress of the Noise Action Plan for Brisbane, which is also a summary of the first year of the program.

    Over this last quarter we engaged with communities on Phase 3 options that focused on:

    • reducing the concentration of flight paths west of Brisbane Airport
    • reducing the impact of night-time operations.

    We recorded 264 attendees at the six community drop-in sessions and four online sessions. Feedback closed on 10 December 2023 and we received 456 submissions.

    We thank everyone who participated in this phase of engagement. We have commenced reviewing the submissions and will provide an update in the new year.

    2023 summary

    With 82 actions across 11 recommendations and four packages of work, the Noise Action Plan for Brisbane is a significant, complex program with many interdependencies.

    In this first year of the program, we prioritised actions to:

    1. Increase the use of Simultaneous Opposite Direction Runway Operations (SODPROPS). This is currently the priority operating mode at night, with both arrivals and departures over water.
    2. Reduce the impact of SODPROPS operations on bayside communities to open up opportunities to expand SODPROPS use.
    3. Reduce the impact of night-time operations on communities.
    4. Reduce the concentration of flight paths over some locations.

    It was also important to get the foundations of the Noise Action Plan for Brisbane program right, with appropriate governance, resourcing, reporting and benchmarking processes established. This included publishing the final Communications Approach, a review of reporting requirements, and establishment of an interactive, online baseline model to enable the comparison of proposed flight path options with current operations and with those from before the new runway.

    In 2023, we implemented the following changes:

    1. Permanent extension of SODPROPS operations to 8am on Saturday and Sunday mornings and from 8pm on Saturday evening.
    2. Removal of the Noise Abatement Procedure that enables use of the new runway over land from 5am for non-jet departures.
    3. Non-jet early turn from the legacy runway over land before 6am so that aircraft cross the industrial area adjoining Brisbane Airport and complete their climb over water.
    4. Change of runway from the new to the legacy for over water departures to the west, to address an existing operational safety issue.

    Due to the complexity of airspace design, our commitment to community engagement, and essential prioritisation of safety in the air, changes involving new flight paths or alterations to existing flight paths and procedures cannot be made in a short timeframe. Most changes will take 12-18 months to implement.

    We recognise that these requirements are potentially of less importance to the community than having an immediate reduction in aircraft noise. However, changing flight paths is a safety-critical action that takes time and also requires detailed engagement where flight paths may shift.

    Throughout 2023 we have engaged with communities on options addressing arrival and departure operations over different communities, as well as options to expand SODPROPS use. Future phases of the Noise Action Plan for Brisbane in 2024 will piece together some of these outcomes and will propose a more holistic operating environment.

    We thank you for your extensive feedback this year and invite you to continue to work with us as we progress options from this year and present initial proposals for additional actions in 2024.

    Further detail

    We have made significant progress with Package 1 and Package 2 recommendations while also progressing several actions from Package 3.

    Package 1 progress (Strong, transparent and representative governance)

    This package is focused on the structures in place to support better engagement and decision making. Actions delivered include:

    • Brisbane Airport Airspace Community Airspace Advisory Board (AAB) established by the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government
    • Program Management Office established
    • Technical Coordination Group established
    • Options Assessment Framework in development – this is being developed using independent third-party expertise based on research of international practice and is expected to be available for use in 2024
    • Think Research Ltd appointed as the independent technical advisor to provide independent review and input to our design activity
    • an appointment is nearing completion for an appropriately skilled and qualified consultant to deliver flight path and airspace design
    • Communications Approach finalised
    • review of current noise tool capability completed (Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood, WebTrak) with initial updates made to both, including expanded complaint reporting and improved operations coverage. Further improvements will continue.

    Package 2 progress (Maximise flights over water)

    This package is focused on maximising our capacity to operate SODPROPS while limiting impacts on bayside communities, as well as reducing the impact of night-time operations. Options were developed for:

    • SODPROPS departure flight paths to the south
    • over-water departure paths to the south for parallel runway operations
    • high-altitude routes to and from the Sunshine and Gold Coast airports that go through Brisbane airspace, restricting SODPROPS use
    • SODPROPS weather criteria
    • night-time arrival paths across the city
    • early morning non-jet operations.

    Package 3 progress (Reduce the frequency and concentration of flights over communities)

    This package is focused on reducing the impact of aircraft operations across greater Brisbane, including consideration of noise sharing and avoiding arrival and departure paths over the same communities. Options were developed for:

    • night-time departure path to the north-west including noise-sharing options
    • overwater departure paths to keep aircraft over water for longer, reducing impact on communities after they turn to travel over land
    • overnight arrivals over water to the new runway to take aircraft further away from the southern part of Bribie Island
    • jet aircraft over land departure early turn to the left from the legacy runway
    • new runway over water departure to address a safety issue, which also reduces overflight of Bribie Island
    • arrival routes from west of the airport to remove arriving traffic from communities also subjected to departing traffic
    • baseline model developed and released for community feedback.

    Three phases of engagement were completed presenting a mix of actions from all three packages and extensive feedback was received. Our review of this feedback continues.

    Phase 1 options have been assessed with two options implemented, four options will progress to preferred stage and four have been discarded. In addition, the noise improvement trial for weekend SODPROPS was made permanent, while the full-length departure trial was discontinued as no community noise benefit was identified.

    Phase 2 options are in the final stages of assessment and the outcomes will be released in the new year.

    Quarterly update on 2023 priority actions

    Our progress against our 2023 priority actions is reported below:

    Recommendation
    Description
    Proposed completion
    Progress

    1.1

    Commence consulting with the Government-appointed independent airport community forum.

    Q1

    Complete

    Three AAB meetings attended and two out-of-session meetings held to review engagement materials.

    1.1

    Establish governance mechanisms including an assurance check by the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

    Q1

    Complete

    Airservices Australia’s governance mechanisms established.

    The Department to provide advice on assurance checks undertaken through the AAB.

    1.2

    Community engagement on proposed Communications Approach for delivery of changes in response to the PIR, including confirming operating principles.

    Q1/Q2

    Complete

    Draft Communications Approach engaged on, updated and released as final.

    1.4

    Increase public reporting and transparency of operations, including SODPROPS use, NAPs application, aircraft tracking and altitude, noise information and complaints.

    Q1/Q2

    Partially complete – progress continues

    Changes implemented to Aircraft In Your Neighbourhood to include complainant and complaint reporting.

    Changes made to WebTrak to reduce delay from 40 minutes to 10 minutes, extend coverage from 40km to 80km and to include weather data from Air Traffic Control systems rather than the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

    Work is continuing to enable automated reporting of SODPROPS use, NAPs and other operational information.

    2.1

    Developing options to increase use of over water departures during the day

    Q2

    Complete

    Options developed and presented for engagement.

    Selected Phase 1 options progressed to preferred stage.

    Phase 2 options being assessed.

    2.2

    Expand the use of SODPROPS mode by increasing capacity, enhancing decision-making criteria, and developing flight path changes for daytime operations.

    Q4

    Partially complete – progress continues

    Options developed and presented for engagement.

    Select Phase 1 options progressed to preferred stage.

    Phase 2 options being assessed.

    Further engagement required with other agencies to progress some options.

    2.3

    Develop proposals to increase height and over water operations for SODPROPS to reduce the impact on bayside communities.

    Q2

    Complete

    Options developed and presented for engagement.

    Select Phase 1 options progressed to preferred stage.

    2.4

    Develop proposals to reduce the impact of overnight operations.

    Q1

    Complete

    Options developed and presented for engagement.

    Select Phase 1 options progressed to preferred stage.

    3.1

    Develop baseline model for pre-NPR and current NPR operations.

    Q1

    Complete

    Desktop model developed and used to produce information materials presented across all three phases of engagement.

    Interactive online model released for community review in November 2023.

    3.1

    Develop proposals to reduce the impact of concentrated flight paths to the west of the airport.

    Q3

    Partially complete – progress continues

    Options developed and presented for departures and arrivals from the north-west. Further options under development.


  • Amendments to departure operations

    Airservices Australia is pleased to advise that the first changes to aircraft operations are being made as a result of the Noise Action Plan for Brisbane.

    Turboprop departures to the north between 5am to 6am

    Between 5am and 6am, the Brisbane Airport Noise Abatement Procedures (NAPs) permit turboprop (propeller-driven) and other non-jet aircraft to depart over land from the new runway (19R). This enables Simultaneous Opposite Direction Parallel Runway Operations (SODPROPS) (where arrivals and departures are managed over Moreton Bay) to continue to operate over this period as traffic volumes increase, by removing turboprop operations from the traffic being managed over Moreton Bay.

    When SODPROPS mode is not in operation, and when the wind is blowing from the south, non-jet departures are currently managed from the legacy runway over land prior to 6am. This is due to the approval condition preventing use of the new runway over land during night-time hours (10pm to 6am), other than the exception noted above when in SODPROPS mode.

    Download the “Alternative over land turboprop departure operations 5am to 6am – North fact sheet for more information.

    As an outcome of Phase 1 options assessment, the following changes are now being implemented:

    1. Removal of the NAP that allows the use of the new runway for non-jet aircraft departures between 5am and 6am (i.e. turboprop departures prior to 6am will be managed via the legacy runway when in SODPROPS mode or when wind is blowing from the south)
    2. Introduction of a new NAP that requires all non-jet departures from the legacy runway over land to turn left immediately after take-off (at runway end and 600ft in altitude), to track back over the airport/industrial land to continue their climb over water.

    This will apply to northbound and westbound non-jet aircraft, between 10pm and 6am, with the exception of medical flights or where required for the safe operation of the airspace. They will be required to remain over water until they reach 5000ft and will then be directed according to their destination.

    This change is being introduced as a six-month trial to assess how well the aircraft can make the turn and to monitor noise impacts. Aircraft tracking and noise monitoring outcomes will be shared with the public.

    After 6am, all aircraft operations will be managed according to the relevant priority mode. Where traffic levels and safety permit, non-jet aircraft departing on the legacy runway will continue to be directed to turn early and climb over water to reduce impact on residential areas.

    Feedback on the trial can be provided over the next six months here. We are particularly interested to understand:

    1. Has the change improved noise outcomes, and if so where?
    2. Has the change resulted any new communities experiencing these operations, and if so where?
    3. Any other feedback you would like to provide on this change.

    Reinstatement of pre-existing legacy runway over water departure path to the west

    For safety reasons, a proposed change was presented to the community to replace a departure path from the new runway over water, with the departure path used prior to the new runway for aircraft travelling to the west.

    The current operations require a high degree of tactical management to address conflicts between turboprop departures to the north and turning jet aircraft to the west near Bribie Island.

    In addition to removing a potential safety issue, this change reduces overflight of the Bribie Island community.

    The flight path that is being reinstated for this departure is the same path used during single runway operations, with aircraft departing over water, turning right and crossing back over the coastline at the Lytton Industrial area.

    Download the “Replace new runway departure to the west with pre-existing legacy runway departurefact sheet for more information.

    Please note:

    We are able to implement these improvements now, as both involve the use of existing procedures and do not require design of new flight paths.

    Other options being progressed from Phase 1 of the Noise Action Plan for Brisbane require detailed design and will undergo further community engagement before changes are made to aircraft operations.

    These changes will come into effect on Wednesday 13 December 2023.

  • Update 15: Phase 3 and baseline model FAQs

    Following the release of Phase 3 options we’ve received a number of questions from the community, so have gathered the most frequently asked questions here with answers. We've also included some tips to make the most of the new baseline model.

    Q: What decisions have been made from previous phases and how do they relate to these new options?

    The outcome of our assessment of flight path options from Phase 1 has now been released and we’re continuing to review feedback from our Phase 2 consultation. Options in Phase 3 are early drafts, which will be amended and further developed if they progress following current community engagement. That further development will include any changes progressing from previous phases. Future phases will also piece together some of these earlier options to show a more holistic proposed operating environment.

    Q: Why was the Noise Action Plan for Brisbane developed only for Brisbane?

    The Noise Action Plan for Brisbane is for areas affected by flights to and from Brisbane Airport. This greater Brisbane area includes parts of Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Logan, the Gold Coast and Redlands.

    Q: Why are there only options for arrivals in Phase 3?

    During 2023 we have implemented actions that we committed to as a priority, which included Package 2 options to increase over-water operations and Package 3 options to reduce the concentration of operations to the north-west of Brisbane Airport. Phase 1 and Phase 2 focused on departure operations and Phase 3 is focused on arrivals.

    Q: For the proposals to reduce concentration of flight paths west of Brisbane Airport, how often were daytime arrivals used in 2022?

    • SMOKA ILS STAR from the north – 5723 flights

    • SMOKA RNP-AR STAR from the north – 1460 flights

    • WOODY ILS STAR from the west – 903 flights.

    Please note: no noise sharing or other proposals from earlier phases have been implemented yet. We’re still operating the flight paths designed for the new parallel runway. If you’ve noticed changes in flight patterns, these are most likely due to scheduling of additional flights, temporary changes for operational reasons, or seasonal changes in weather conditions.

    Baseline model

    The online interactive baseline model has been developed to compare flight path options with current and historical flight operations. From 2024 it will be used to compare new options and preferred designs that have progressed following consultation on options, with current and pre-new runway operations. This is so community members can see how their experience of these operations may change if proposals are implemented.

    Here are some suggestions to help you make the most of the baseline model tool:

    • be sure to watch the ‘how to use this tool’ video before you begin

    • keep in mind that data is shown for an area of 750m x 750m – this could be several streets or one large property, depending on the location

    • data is shown for aircraft that pass DIRECTLY overhead that 750 x 750 area; it won’t necessarily show all aircraft that you can see or hear from that location, just those that pass directly overhead

    • you can click in any area of the map to find flight path information for that location

    • if you search for an address and find it does not show aircraft activity in the data window, click on nearby areas to find the operations that may affect you

    • click on individual flight paths (where shown) to show the actual tracking for that path for the selected operation

    • change the operation you’ve selected in the top-left drop-down box to see if day/night and northerly/southerly winds make a difference.

    You can access the baseline model here and provide feedback here.

  • Update 14

    Phase 1 options assessment

    Airservices Australia actively engaged communities across greater Brisbane to seek input on options developed during Phase 1 of the Noise Action Plan for Brisbane. These options focused on opportunities to shift night-time operations over water and to keep over-the-bay departures over water for longer, as well as early engagement on development of possible noise sharing options.

    You can review the options assessment by clicking on the links below.

    You can provide feedback on the Phase 1 Options Assessment Report here. Feedback on the report is open for a four week period and will close on Sunday 17 December 2023.

    Options that proceed to the preferred stage will be subject to detailed design, safety and environmental assessment, and a subsequent round of community and industry engagement based on this more detailed level of assessment.

    Baseline model

    Airservices has released on online, interactive baseline model. This is a web-based tool that you can use to gain insights into the flight paths and air traffic patterns that may impact your address.

    You can access operational information from 2019 (before the new runway) and 2022 (our most recent full year of data). Information is presented visually and numerically based on the time of day and prevailing wind direction. Modelled noise contours are also provided.

    We welcome feedback on any improvements. This tool will be used in 2024 to compare the options or preferred designs developed against current and pre-new runway operations. The tool will be updated in early 2024 with 2023 operations data.

    You can access the baseline model here; and provide feedback on it here.

    Temporary noise monitors

    We have extended the operation of two temporary noise monitors deployed to Brookfield and Upper Brookfield until the end of November 2023. Live data from these monitors can be viewed on WebTrak. A report will be made available to the community when the noise monitoring is completed.

    Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has installed a temporary noise monitor in The Gap. Live data from this monitor is now available on WebTrak, with more information available on BAC’s Noise Management pages.

  • Phase 3 Proposed flight path options and engagement

    Airservices Australia is pleased to release the third set of proposed flight path options developed as part of the Noise Action Plan for Brisbane.

    In this phase we are focused on two actions. For each we have produced an information sheet with information on the existing operations and the options we have developed. We have provided supporting information on the suburbs overflown by the existing operation and by each of the proposed flight path options. There is also a scalable map for each – that is, an online map where you can search for a street address and zoom in to see how each option relates to that location.

    Using the links below, you can download the information sheet and the supporting suburb information, view the map and provide us with your feedback.


    Night-time arrivals (all locations)

    Purpose: To reduce the impact of night-time arrivals on communities across the city

    Information SheetComparison of suburbs overflownView scalable map (Northerly winds)View scalable map (Southerly winds)Provide feedback


    Reduced concentration of daytime flight paths to the north-west

    Purpose: To reduce the frequency and concentration of flights over communities to the north-west

    Information SheetComparison of suburbs overflownView scalable mapProvide feedback


    We are hosting a series of community engagement sessions, both in-person at various locations and also online, commencing 7 November 2023, where you can discuss these flight path options and provide your feedback. For more details and to register for a session. SESSIONS NOW ALL COMPLETED.


    We are requesting feedback by 10 December 2023.


    Phase 1 update

    Following extensive engagement with the community earlier this year, we have finalised the Communications Approach, incorporating feedback from the community.

    We have also completed assessment of the noise improvement trials that commenced in February 2022. The outcomes of these assessments are:

    • Extended SODPROPS hours: As a community noise benefit was identified, the extended hours will be adopted as part of standard operating procedures, subject to weather and operational conditions.
    • Restriction on intersection departures: The trial will be ceased due to lack of noise improvement; however, options to increase climb gradients or height requirements will be investigated.

    Using the links below, you can download:

    Communications Approach

    Noise Improvement Trials


    We are currently finalising our assessment of Phase 1 options and will release the result along with the interactive baseline model (current and pre-new runway operations) during November 2023.

  • Phase 3 engagement: dates and venues

    Please note, while these sessions have all now been completed, submissions are open until Sunday 10 December.

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    Residents across Greater Brisbane are invited to participate in community drop-in sessions and/or online sessions to discuss proposed flight path options developed to reduce the impact of night-time operations and the concentration of flights over some communities.

    You can drop in at any time during a four-hour session. If you are coming to one of our sessions, please register here.

    Drop-in session information:

    Suburb

    Day

    Location

    Time

    Crestmead

    Monday 13 November 2023

    Logan Metro Sports Centre

    357 Browns Plains Road, Crestmead

    3pm - 7pm

    Bellbowrie

    Tuesday 14 November 2023

    Bellbowrie Sports and Community Club

    70 Sugarwood Street, Bellbowrie

    3pm - 7pm

    Caboolture

    Saturday 18 November 2023

    Caboolture Combined Services Hall

    21B Hayes Street, Caboolture

    8am - 12noon

    Coorparoo

    Tuesday 21 November 2023

    Coorparoo School of Arts and Memorial Hall

    210 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo

    3pm - 7pm

    Inala

    Wednesday 22 November 2023

    Our Place Hall

    30 Japonica Street, Inala

    3pm - 7pm

    Samford

    Saturday 25 November 2023

    Samford Community Hub

    Samford Parklands, 2204 Mount Samson Road, Samford Valley


    8am - 12noon


    There will also be four online sessions to present an overview of the Phase 3 proposed flight path options and to answer questions for community members who can’t attend in person. Log in details for our online sessions will be sent to registered participants ahead of each session (please register here).

    Online session times:

    Day

    Time

    Tuesday 7 November

    6pm - 7.30pm

    Wednesday 8 November

    6pm - 7.30pm

    Wednesday 15 November

    6pm - 7.30pm

    Thursday 23 November

    6pm - 7.30pm


  • Update 11

    Noise Action Plan for Brisbane: Phase 3 Engagement

    We will be commencing our next phase of engagement in four weeks. We will release information on the new options during the week commencing 30 October 2023. These will focus on:

    • Reducing the concentration of flight paths west of the airport
    • Reducing the impact of night-time operations
    • Additional options to improve our ability to operate in Simultaneous Opposite Direction Parallel Runway Operations (SODPROPS) mode during daytime hours.


  • Update 10

    Noise Action Plan for Brisbane – Quarterly Update #3

    Welcome to the third quarterly update on the progress of the Noise Action Plan for Brisbane.

    Over this last quarter we engaged with communities on Phase 2 options which focused on:

    • Simultaneous Opposite Direction Parallel Runway Operations (SODPROPS) – expanded use
    • Night-time overland departures to the north – noise sharing options
    • Segregated operating modes – additional modes
    • Increased operational reporting.

    We recorded 848 attendees at the 14 community drop-in sessions and three online sessions. The submission period for Phase 2 closed on 10 September.

    We also continued our analysis of feedback received on Phase 1 options in April and May of this year. We will release the outcomes of our assessment as soon as it is complete.


    Status update

    We have continued to focus on delivering our 2023 priority actions, while also progressing with work to support 2024 deliverables. Our progress against each priority action is reported below:

    Rec #

    Description

    Proposed completion

    Progress

    1.1

    Commence consulting with the Government-appointed independent airport community forum

    Q1

    Complete

    1.1

    Establish governance mechanisms including an assurance check by the Department

    Q1

    Substantially complete

    Airservices governance mechanisms established.

    Department to provide advice on assurance checks undertaken through the AAB.

    1.2

    Community engagement on proposed communication approach for delivery of changes in response to the PIR, including confirming operating principles

    Q1/Q2

    Complete

    Communications Approach has been updated in response to community feedback and will soon be available on this site.

    1.4

    Increase public reporting and transparency of operations, including SODPROPS use, NAPs application, aircraft tracking and altitude, noise information and complaints

    Q1/Q2

    In progress

    Draft reporting structure and content released for public feedback in Phase 2.

    2.1

    Developing options to increase use of over water departures during the day

    Q2

    In progress

    Option to enable use of SODPROPS during daytime hours released for public feedback in Phase 2.

    2.2

    Expand the use of SODPROPS mode by increasing capacity, enhancing decision-making criteria, and developing flight path changes for daytime operations

    Q4

    In progress

    Initial enhancement options released for public feedback in Phase 2.

    Work on further enhancements being progressed for release in Phase 3, October – November 2023.

    2.3

    Develop proposals to increase height and over water operations for SODPROPS to reduce the impact on bayside communities

    Q2

    Complete

    Assessment of Phase 1 outcomes nearing completion and will be released soon.

    2.4

    Develop proposals to reduce the impact of overnight operations

    Q1

    Complete

    Assessment of Phase 1 outcomes nearing completion and will be released soon.

    3.1

    Development of baseline model for pre-NPR and current NPR operations

    Q1

    Substantially complete

    Static model in use as part of options engagement.

    Online model has been completed and discussed with the AAB prior to public release.

    3.1

    Develop proposals to reduce the impact of concentrated flight paths to the west of the airport

    Q3

    In progress

    Initial noise sharing proposals released for public feedback in Phase 2 for “Overland overnight departures to the north”. Work on other flight paths is being progressed for release in Phase 3, October – November 2023.


    We are continuing to progress a number of other actions relating to recommendation 1.1 of the Noise Action Plan for Brisbane, including:

    • Development of an options assessment framework using independent third-party expertise
    • Review of current noise tool capability (Aircraft In Your Neighbourhood, WebTrak) and options to improve the quality of information provided
    • Procurement of a qualified third party to support an independent assurance process of our design activity
    • Procurement of appropriately skilled and qualified consultants to support flight path and airspace design.


    Upcoming engagement

    After the September school holidays, we will present a third round of design options. These will focus on:

    • Expanded SODPROPS operations – capacity, decision-making, and daytime operation
    • Reduced concentration of flight paths west of the airport
    • Tactical over water operations
    • Reduced impact of night-time operations - all locations
    • Selected package 3 procedure designs to reduce the impact of arrivals from the north and north west.


    Additional information

    Correction to altitude data: Night-time over land departures – north

    Please note a correction to data shared in the Phase 2 fact sheet on options for “Night-time over land departures – north”.

    For the current Standard Instrument Departure (SID), we presented altitudes based on actual flights that had taken these paths in 2022. We don’t have actual data for the proposed options, so we modelled the altitudes using specified weather, aircraft type and other parameters. This means that the comparison of altitudes presented between current operations and proposed options was not based on the same parameters - comparing “apples with oranges” so to speak.

    We’ve since updated the altitudes for current the SID using modelled rather than actual data, based on the same parameters used for the proposed options. This updated fact sheet can be downloaded here.

    We apologise for this error and for any impact it may have had on community consideration of the options. Please note that further engagement will be conducted on all proposed noise sharing options, including those presented in Phase 2, ahead of decisions being made on implementation.


    Community wellbeing support

    To support community wellbeing, Airservices Australia has extended our Employee Assistance Program to any community member who is feeling negatively affected by aircraft operations. This is a confidential service, free of charge to community members, and is provided completely independently of Airservices Australia. All personal details will be kept confidential. More information is available here.

  • Update 9

    Phase two engagement

    With our next round of engagement sessions coming up soon, we’ve received lots of questions and seen lots of discussion in social media. It is great to see so much discussion around the options and we look forward to seeing people at the sessions.

    We’ve gathered some quick answers to the most common questions. Feel free to share this information in your community.


    The mailout

    1. A community notice on the Noise Action Plan for Brisbane was delivered to all residential letterboxes in Brisbane, Redlands, and Logan, as well as parts of Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast.
    2. The mailout was requested by community members to raise awareness of the program for residents who may not access online information sources or broadcast media.
    3. The notice was printed on 100% recycled paper.


    Night-time over land departures – north

    1. Noise sharing options do not increase the capacity of the airport and will not enable more aircraft to fly over communities. The sharing options are proposed as an alternative to a current path, not as an additional path that would operate at the same time.
    2. The sharing options proposed do not put more flights over communities to the north-west. The current volume of traffic would be shared across the various flight paths between the airport and the waypoint to provide respite for communities subject to the current flight path operations. One or more of the options could be progressed for this purpose.
    3. The WACKO waypoint community would not get more flights over them if any of these options were implemented – it would be the same amount of traffic.
    4. We are currently working on other options for noise sharing on arrivals as well as departures and will share these proposals later in the program.


    Session locations

    1. Drop-in session locations have been selected based on a review of the proposed options against current operations, to identify communities that would likely experience a noticeable change if any of the options were implemented. Different communities will be the focus during each stage, depending on the option being considered.
    2. Subject to venue availability, we have attempted to hold sessions in these key locations or within a 10 to 15 minute drive.
    3. It is not possible to have a session in every community, but sessions should be accessible to all, and we have online sessions for those who cannot attend in person.


    New on WebTrak

    Live now: Temporary noise monitors have been installed in Brookfield and Upper Brookfield. A completion report will be made available to the community once we have three months of data captured. The temporary monitors are located at:

    • Jones Rd, Brookfield (to capture aircraft departure operations - see green aircraft tracking information in the image below)
    • Carbine Rd, Upper Brookfield (to capture aircraft arrival operations - see blue aircraft tracking information in the image below).

    Live now: The area covered by WebTrak has been expanded to 80km distance from Brisbane Airport (up from 40km) and the delay to view operations reduced to 15 minutes (down from 40 minutes); work is continuing with our supplier to reduce the time delay further and expand these updates to our other airports on WebTrak.

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