Sydney Airport

Noise Monitoring

Airservices collects noise and operational data from twelve noise monitors (Environmental Monitoring Unit, EMU) around Sydney Airport. Noise monitors are grouped below according to their direction from the airport.

NORTH


EMU 6

Sydenham (EMU 6)

  • Captures arrivals to Runway 16R and departures off Runway 34L.
  • This monitor is closest to the threshold of Runway 16R/34L. The consistently high number of noise events reflects the high use of the main runway throughout the year.

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EMU 13

St Peters (EMU 13)

  • Main purpose is to capture arrivals to Runway 16L, however can capture movements from Runway 16R/34L and departures off Runway 34R.
  • This monitor captures many of the same operations as the Annandale monitor and demonstrates the same seasonal pattern. However, being closer to the runway it captures more aircraft noise events.

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EMU 12

Annandale (EMU 12)

  • Main purpose is to capture arrivals to Runway 16L, however it can also capture movements from Runway 16R/34L and departures off Runway 34R.
  • The pattern of aircraft noise events recorded at this monitor reflects the seasonal pattern use of Runway 16R, with generally more events recorded in summer than in winter.

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EMU36

Leichhardt (EMU 36)

  • Captures arrivals to Runway 16R.
  • This monitor is affected by the same operations as Hunters Hill monitor and reflects the seasonal pattern use of Runway 16R, with more events captured in summer than in winter.
  • Leichhardt is currently a non-permanent monitor and therefore not included in the data below.

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EMU116

Hunters Hill (EMU 116)

  • Captures arrivals to Runway 16R.
  • The number of noise events recorded by this monitor reflects the seasonal pattern use of Runway 16R, with more events captured in summer than in winter.
  • Hunters Hill is currently a non-permanent monitor and therefore not included in the data below.

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EMU 102

Croydon (EMU 102)

  • Captures departures off Runway 34L.
  • The number of noise events recorded reflects the seasonal pattern use of Runway 34L with more aircraft noise events captured in winter than in summer.

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SOUTH

EMU1

Threshold Runway 34 (EMU 1)

  • Captures departures off Runways 16R and 16L and arrivals to Runways 34L and 34R

The number of aircraft noise events captured reflects the pattern of use of Runway 34L, with more events generally recorded in winter than in summer.

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EMU 101 v2

Kurnell (EMU 101)

  • Captures arrivals to Runway 34R and some arrivals to Runway 34L

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EAST


EMU 99

Eastlakes (EMU 99)

  • Captures arrivals to Runway 25 and departures off Runway 07 and Runway 34R.
  • The pattern of aircraft noise events recorded reflects the seasonal use of Runway 34R, with more movements in winter than in summer.

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EMU 100

Coogee (EMU 100)

  • Captures arrivals to Runway 25, departures off Runway 07 and Runway 34R heading to the east and south.
  • Captures noise from similar operations and reflects the same seasonal pattern to the Eastlakes monitor, however being further east from the airport the number of noise events recorded is smaller.

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WEST


EMU3

Bexley (EMU 3)

  • Captures arrivals to Runway 07 and departures off Runway 25.
  • This monitor is in line with the same runway as Penshurst monitor but is closer to the airport, therefore displays the same trends as Penshurst but records more aircraft noise events.

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EMU2

Penshurst (EMU 2)

  • Captures arrivals to Runway 07 and departures off Runway 25.
  • Historically at Sydney Airport there are less departures off Runway 25 than the other Runways.

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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.

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.

How to: Select the applicable radio button below 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.

How to: Select the applicable radio button below 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.

How to: Select the applicable radio button below 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.

How to: Select the applicable radio button below 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.

How to: Select the applicable radio button below 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.

How to: Select the applicable radio button below 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.

How to: Select the applicable radio button below 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.

How to: Select the applicable radio button below 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.

How to: Select the applicable radio button below 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 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.

How to: Select the applicable radio button below 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