Sunshine Coast Airport Airspace Changes Runway 13/31

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Sunshine Coast Council led the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project and has delivered the new runway (Runway 13/31). The new runway and associated flight paths became operational on 14 June 2020.

These flight paths will change the way aircraft operate as they arrive and depart from Sunshine Coast Airport.

For more information on flight paths and aircraft operations, view our Fact Sheets here. Following community feedback, we have included both the minimum and average heights for departures, as heights for departures can vary depending on aircraft type. Heights for arriving aircraft continue to be presented as minimum heights, as heights for arrivals are less varied.

You can also search your address in the Interactive Map here, which presents the arrival and departure flight paths to both ends of the runway.

We have provided FAQs here.

Where can I access more information?

For information on current aircraft movements and flight paths, historical runway utilisation or monthly complaint reports for the Sunshine Coast, visit the Airservices website here (external site).

For information on aircraft noise, visit the Aircraft Noise Information Tool on the Sunshine Coast Airport website here (external site).

For more information on the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project, visit the Sunshine Coast Council website here (external site).

Sunshine Coast Council led the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project and has delivered the new runway (Runway 13/31). The new runway and associated flight paths became operational on 14 June 2020.

These flight paths will change the way aircraft operate as they arrive and depart from Sunshine Coast Airport.

For more information on flight paths and aircraft operations, view our Fact Sheets here. Following community feedback, we have included both the minimum and average heights for departures, as heights for departures can vary depending on aircraft type. Heights for arriving aircraft continue to be presented as minimum heights, as heights for arrivals are less varied.

You can also search your address in the Interactive Map here, which presents the arrival and departure flight paths to both ends of the runway.

We have provided FAQs here.

Where can I access more information?

For information on current aircraft movements and flight paths, historical runway utilisation or monthly complaint reports for the Sunshine Coast, visit the Airservices website here (external site).

For information on aircraft noise, visit the Aircraft Noise Information Tool on the Sunshine Coast Airport website here (external site).

For more information on the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project, visit the Sunshine Coast Council website here (external site).

  • Sunshine Coast Community Information Session - Video and previously submitted community suggestions

    Video recording

    We have encountered an unexpected technical error with the recording of the meeting on the 18th. Our team is working to identify a solution and we will provide an update soon.

    Previously submitted community suggestions

    During the 2019 engagement on the final flight path design for Sunshine Coast Airport’s new runway, nine suggestions were received from the community for alternative flight path operations. The assessment of these options was documented in the Sunshine Coast Airspace and Flight Path Changes – Proposed Final Design and Consideration of Feedback – July 2019 which is available on this site. You can access the document here.

    Pages 28 to 34 describe each of the suggestions and the assessment outcome.

    In most cases, the suggestions could not be progressed because they were not contained within the approved EIS corridor, which at the time the design was constrained by. Several however were also identified as increasing track miles and thus fuel burn and emissions, not complying with industry regulations or design standards, or creating safety issues with aircraft flying closer to mountainous areas.

    One option was deemed feasible and was noted future consideration:

    • Arriving aircraft to Runway 13 – adjusted northern approach to the RNAV (page 30).

    We will revisit each of these options as part of the PIR given we are no longer constrained by the approved EIS corridor, however our required safety, compliance and feasibility considerations will still apply.

  • Sunshine Coast Community Information Session Completed

    Thank you to all community members who joined in the community information session for community suggested flight path alternatives. A copy of the presentation can be found here.

    Community suggested alternatives can still be submitted until Friday 24 December 2021 via our online survey.

    The survey will take you through a series of questions to provide the required information. You will be able to attach files and images to the survey.

  • Sunshine Coast Community Information Session - Community Suggested Flight Plath Alternatives

    Session Details

    Date: Thursday 18 November 2021

    Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Venue: Maroochy RSL - 105 Memorial Ave, Maroochydore, QLD

    Purpose of the Session

    The session will provide an opportunity for Airservices to answer questions from the community about the flight path design considerations and constraints.

    Registration for Attendance

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Queensland affecting the number of people allowed in indoor venues, and to provide a meaningful opportunity for discussion between Airservices and the community, sessions are limited to 50 guests and all attendees must RSVP.

    To join our session or to ask a question, please complete the form here. Registrations will close on Tuesday 16 November. Registrants will be sent email confirmation prior to the session.


  • Sunshine Coast Airport - Community Suggested Alternatives

    Community Suggested Alternatives

    As part of the PIR we are accepting community suggested alternatives for flight paths .

    We are providing the below resources to assist community members in the development of these alternatives.

    1. Community Suggested Alternatives Fact Sheet - This Fact Sheet describes the design constraints, considerations and opportunities for suggestions, and our assessment methodology for community suggested alternatives. You can access this Fact Sheet here.
    2. Flight Path Design Principles - Community Suggested Alternatives will be considered with reference to Airservices Flight Path Design Principles
    3. Community meeting - We will hold a community session to ask questions about the flight path design considerations and constraints. A date for the community session will be provided soon.

    Submitting Community Suggested Alternatives

    Community suggested alternatives can be submitted from Monday 11 October 2021 to Friday 24 December 2021.

    To submit a suggestion complete our online survey.

    The survey will take you through a series of questions to provide the required information. You will be able to attach files and images to the survey.

  • Short-Term Noise Monitoring Commences at Sunshine Coast Airport

    Installation of Short-Term Noise Monitors

    Thank you to all community members who submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) to host a short-term noise monitor at their property. We received multiple EOIs from a range of locations, and have now installed short-term noise monitors at three of these locations.

    The short-term noise monitors are installed at:

    • Yandina Creek
    • Eumundi / Cooroy Mountain
    • Mudjimba

    The data from these noise monitors is available on WebTrak from COB Friday 1 October 2021 however there will be times during the first few days where the monitors will be offline to enable calibration.

    These monitors will remain in place for approximately three months before being moved to other zones identified in the Short Term Noise Monitoring Site Feasibility Assessment.

  • Sunshine Coast Airport NAPs submissions period closed

    The submissions period for community suggested changes to the NAPs closed 26 September 2021.

    Thank you to all community members who submitted a suggestion. If we have any questions about your suggestion/s, we will contact you directly.

    We will prepare a report on our assessment of all suggested alternatives and we will make this available in draft for the community to review and seek clarification prior to publication of the final report.

    Please note that the suitability of NAPs is dependent on a range of factors, including the airports physical lay-out and surroundings, the airport and the airspace capacity, particularly during high demand periods. Any changes to aircraft movements or community noise impacts may require further assessment and consultation.

  • 5 August Webex Meeting Q&As and NAP submission extension

    Please see the response document for the questions raised during the Webex.

    A recording of the Webex is available in the Videos section.

    We apologise for the time it has take to provide the responses from the Webex meeting question, however many required detailed consideration to ensure we provided a full and accurate response.

    NAP submission extension

    We are extending the deadline for submissions on NAPs to 26 September 2021 so the responses to the Webex questions can be considered in forming submissions. If you have already made a submission and the responses to the Webex questions have implications for the submission, we are happy to receive subsequent or updated submissions

    Please note, we are not expecting community members to design a fully compliant NAP or other operational suggestion, but to simply identify areas for possible concern or improvement and we can then consider potential solutions.


  • Webex Meeting - Noise Modelling and NAPs

    Thank you to everybody who participated in the Webex meeting.

    A copy of the presentation is available here

    A recording of the Webex is available in the Videos section.

    We will provide a summary document of the Q&A topics from the Webex.

  • Noise Modelling and Noise Abatement Procedures

    Release of Noise Modelling Report

    As per the activities outlined in the final Terms of Reference (ToR), we have undertaken modelling of current noise impacts from aircraft movement based on actual movement data with consideration of altitude and terrain.

    The Noise Modelling Review can be found here.

    FAQs about noise modelling can be found in here.

    Submitting Feedback or Suggestions on the Noise Abatement Procedures (NAPs)

    Feedback and suggestions can be submitted from Tuesday 20 July to Monday 13 September 2021 (5pm local time).

    To submit feedback or a suggestion complete our online survey.

    The survey will take you through a series of questions to provide us with the required information. You will be able to attach files and images to the survey.

    IMPORTANT: Before you submit your feedback or suggestions on the Noise Abatement Procedures please read our fact sheet here.

    We realise that many community members may have similar questions and when we receive questions on the NAPs, as well as noise modelling and monitoring, we will provide updates on our FAQs section. This section will be updated during the PIR to assist with providing consistent information to the community.

    Upcoming Webex

    We will be holding a Webex within the next few weeks to answer questions about the noise modelling, NAPs and noise monitoring. Further information about the date and how to register will be provided soon.


  • PIR Activity Update

    We are currently preparing information on the Sunshine Coast Noise Abatement Procedures (NAPs) and noise modelling data for release on this page in the coming days.

    In the meantime if you would like to read more about the current NAPs please visit our Aircraft in Your Neighbourhood page here.

    Following release of the NAPs information and noise modelling data we will have a community submission period for suggested changes to the NAPs.

Page last updated: 29 November 2021, 10:22