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There are a number of issues which need to be addressed in respect to aircraft noise regulation in Australian. The two most important are that:

1. They are regulated by using the "A weighted" decibel readings which underweights the low frequency noise that aircraft tend to generate, more so in recent years. The "C weighted" decibel scale, which takes more account of low frequency noise, should be used either instead, OR as an adjunct, to the current methods.

2. Acrobatic, firefighting and agricultural aircraft are exempt. Why should they be? Some create quite a lot of noise, particuarly in the low frequency range.


To lodge an official complaint about noisy aircraft, bearing in mind the above limitations, click here to go to the appropriate part of the the Air Services website.




Information and References

Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 1984

Estimated Airplane Noise Levels in A-weighted decibels Note the use of A weighted decibel scale when C weighting is equally or perhaps more appropriate.


Aircraft Stories

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