Aircraft Noise Information Tool

The Aircraft Noise Information Tool allows you to review indicative aircraft noise modelling for the operations associated with Runway 13/31 for this year and future forecast operations in 2040, including flight paths and typical number of jet overflights per day.

This information generally applies to commercial jets and larger aircraft which are required to use the designated flight paths. Dependant on factors including weather and aircraft type, some general aviation and training activity may not strictly follow the flight paths.

How to use the tool

Note: Some functions are not supported by all web browsers / mobile devices. For best performance, we recommend using an updated version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari on a computer or tablet.

1. Search a property address

In the address bar, enter the property address which you wish to review. Note: this function is only available to properties that fall within Sunshine Coast and Noosa local government areas.

2. Select ‘How Often’ (N70)

How often you’re likely to hear aircraft noise louder than 70 decibels is shown on the ‘How often?’ contour map. The areas within N70 contours represent the number of single events – that is, the take-off or landing of an aircraft – per day that measure 70 decibels or above, which is the noise level deemed likely to disturb conversation. For example, a person at an address falling within the ‘5-10’ contour could expect five to 10 single aircraft noise events per day exceeding 70 decibels.

3. Select ‘How Loud’ (B737 LAmax)

‘LAmax’ is an acoustic measure commonly used around the world to describe how loud jet overflights may be in various locations. LAmax contours represent the maximum noise level likely to be experienced within a given area during a single overflight of a specific aircraft type. SCA’s LAmax contour modelling is based on one of the loudest aircraft types – the B787 – expected to be in use by 2040, so provides a ‘worst case scenario’.

4. Select ‘What zone am I in?’ (ANEF)

The Australian Noise Exposure Forecast – or ANEF – is the accepted measure of aircraft noise exposure for land use planning in Australia. The measure takes into account many factors including noise level, frequency and time of day for aircraft noise events. ANEFs are primarily used by state, territory and local government planning agencies for land use zoning purposes.

5. Select ‘Show/hide flight paths’

Each end of Runway 13/31 reflects the runway’s orientation, with Runway 13 at the north-west end, and Runway 31 at the south-east end. This indicates which end of the runway pilots should use to start their take-off or landing based on wind conditions. In easterly winds, which are typical for the Airport’s location, aircraft will use Runway 13, arriving over land from the north-west and departing over the ocean to the south-east. When winds are westerly, aircraft will use Runway 31, arriving over the ocean and taking off over land to the north-west

6. Select ‘Reset map’

This will remove all noise contour and flight path layers.

7. Print map

Right click outside the map area and select ‘print’.


Important Notice

The information contained in the Noise Tool has been prepared on behalf of Sunshine Coast Airport. While care has been taken to ensure that the information is accurate, it is provided for information purposes only and is based on data and modelling provided by third parties. You should be aware that some of the information (A) is indicative or conceptual only; (B) relates to current and future forecasts and includes assumptions about future operations which may not be correct; and (C) has been based on inputs, assumptions and modelling which may change from time to time.
Sunshine Coast Airport makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the information, inputs, assumptions or modelling, or as to the likelihood of any future matter. You should not rely on this information to make any decision, and, to the extent permitted by law, you exclude SCA from all liability (including negligence) for any use of, or reliance on, this information by you any other party.

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