Brisbane Airport

Noise Monitoring

Airservices collects noise and operational data from five noise monitors (Environmental Monitoring Unit, EMU) around Brisbane Airport. Noise monitors are provided below by location.

Tingalpa (EMU 2)

EMU 2

  • Captures noise from departures from Brisbane Runway 19 and some arrivals to Brisbane Runway 01.
  • This monitor is directly over-flown by departures off Runway 19 heading south (to airports in other eastern states). The number of aircraft noise events recorded corresponds with the number of Runway 19 departures.
  • The pattern for aircraft noise events recorded reflects the seasonal use of Runway 19 for departures.

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Nudgee Beach (EMU 3)

EMU 3

  • Captures movements on Brisbane Runway 14/32 and some departures from Brisbane Runway 01.
  • Less than five per cent of all movements use Runway 14/32. As a result this monitor records the lowest number of aircraft noise events of all the Brisbane noise monitors. Some non-jet aircraft heading north after taking off from Brisbane Runway 01 overfly EMU 3.

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Bulimba (EMU 24)

EMU 24

  • Captures arrivals to Brisbane Runway 01.
  • The pattern for noise events recorded by this noise monitor usually reflects the seasonal use of Runway 01 for arrivals.

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Kedron (EMU 54)

EMU 54

  • Captures arrivals to Brisbane Runway 01.
  • This noise monitor records a relatively low number of noise events as it is located beneath aircraft flying at higher altitudes then other noise monitors.
  • The pattern for noise events recorded is similar to the Bulimba Noise Monitor (EMU 24) and reflects the seasonal use of Runway 01 for arrivals.

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Cannon Hill (EMU 55)

emu-55-brisbane

  • Captures arrivals to Brisbane Runway 01 and departures from Brisbane Runway 19.
  • Along with Tingalpa (EMU 2), this noise monitor records the highest number of aircraft noise events as these noise monitors are close to the flight paths for Brisbane Runway 19 departures.The pattern of aircraft noise events reflects the seasonal trend for arrivals to Runway 34, with more events recorded in winter than in summer.

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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 1984. 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 and Regional Development.

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.

Access noise monitoring information for each quarter below.

July - September 2018

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

April - June 2018

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

January - March 2018

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

October - December 2017

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

July - September 2017

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

April- June 2017

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

January - March 2017

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

October - December 2016

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

July - September 2016

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

April - June 2016

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA

January to March 2016

Average daily noise events over 70dBA

Noise monitors are shown below as solid purple circles. The figure appearing in each circle is the daily average number of noise events over 70 decibels (dBA) for the period selected.

How to: Click the (i) icon within the tag on each monitor, or the applicable radio button below the map, for further information about the data collected by that noise monitor. The charts and table below will change with your selection.

Hourly distribution of noise events above 70dBA


Distribution by event level


Aircraft event levels (correlated), dBA