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 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. (UPDATE: Submission period extended to 9 January 2022)

    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.

  • Short-term Noise Monitor Expression of Interest Closed

    The Expressions of Interest (EOI) for short-term noise monitor locations has now closed.

    Thank you to all community members who submitted an EOI. We received 44 EOIs from a range of locations.

    We will review these EOIs and contact potentially suitable locations to organise further investigations and site testing.

  • Reminder: Short-term Noise Monitor EOI Closes Soon

    Expressions of Interest (EOI) for short-term noise monitor locations close at 5pm (local time) Friday, 25 June 2021.

    For more information read our Short-term noise monitor site feasibility assessment here and fact sheet here.

    Submit your expression of interest for hosting a short-term noise monitor by completing our short survey here.

    Vote in our quick poll (see the right hand side of this project page) to let us know if you would like the noise monitor period extended.

  • Release of Final Community Engagement Plan

    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Draft Community Engagement Plan (CEP) v0.2. We have now considered all feedback and finalised the CEP.

    You can view the final CEP here and with changes tracked here.

    A summary of the feedback received and our response to it can be viewed here.

    A large number of comments received were addressed in our Review of Feedback provided for CEP v0.1. This can be viewed here. To avoid duplication, we have not responded to these comments again, instead focusing on new feedback submitted.

    We have identified that a few elements of the Post Implementation Review (PIR) and CEP remain unclear to some community members. We have addressed these in the feedback summary document and updated our FAQs to provide further detailed information on:

    • The application of IAP2 Spectrum Levels of Engagement
    • The purpose of noise modelling vs noise monitoring
    • The availability of three noise monitors to this PIR
    • The two phase approach of the PIR
    • Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) complaints process


    PIR Timing

    We have recently seen a recovery of Sunshine Coast Airport movements to pre COVID levels and this means we are able to deliver the PIR in a single phase. The CEP has been updated to reflect this and an addendum added to the Terms of Reference to note all activity occurring in a single phase. We will now undertake an expression of interest (EOI) for short-term noise monitoring as our first engagement activity.

    We had a number of different requests from the community about timing which we have attempted to balance. These included; not wanting to consider more than one key element at once, avoiding holiday periods, providing sufficient time to consider information provided and formulate responses, and completing the PIR in as short a timeframe as possible.

    We have attempted to reduce timeframes and have brought forward some decision points, particularly in relation to the review of operations and Noise Abatement Procedures (NAPs), however we cannot reduce the total PIR timeframe significantly without requesting the community consider more than one element of the PIR at one time or encroaching into holiday periods. We have suggested a flexible approach during implementation, where if the community feels an action can be brought forward, we will attempt to support that where our resourcing allows.


Page last updated: 25 Oct 2022, 02:10 PM