Noise Regulation Review for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) and Specialised Aircraft

The department conducted a review of current noise regulations to determine the appropriate scope and breadth of future noise regulation in relation to RPAs, such as drone operations and urban air mobility aircraft and Specialised Aircraft, such as supersonic aircraft and historic aircraft. In considering the submissions received, the department proposes a number of recommendations.

Submissions to the review were generally positive regarding the potential benefits of new and increasing services provided by RPA, commonly known as drones, and electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL) aircraft. Despite this, many submissions noted concerns about the potential for noise from these aircraft negatively impacting the community, and recognised the need for policies and regulations to manage these impacts.

The department accepted submissions for the review between noon Friday 27 September 2019 and close of business Friday 22 November 2019. The Department also accepted a number of submissions from various state and territory agencies and other interested stakeholders, some of whom sought an extension to submit their submission. The last submission was received on Friday 6 December 2019. In total, the Department received 92 individual submissions listed below.

The Report on the Review of the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018 – Remotely Piloted Aircraft & Specialised Aircraft DOCX: 1491 KB PDF: 816 KB ReadSpeaker is now finalised.

The following submissions were received:

NumberDateAuthorSubmission Type
1 8/10/2019 Andrea Sheather PDF: 194 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
2 9/10/2019 Reg Butler PDF: 7 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
3 17/10/2019 Paul Tulloch PDF: 5 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
4 1/11/2019 Callum Wood PDF: 5150 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
5 8/11/2019 Christine Brown, Dept. of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning PDF: 132 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
6 8/11/2019 Peter Clements PDF: 6 KB ReadSpeaker Historic aircraft
7 10/11/2019 Shane Tobin PDF: 126 KB ReadSpeaker Historic aircraft
8 14/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
9 14/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
10 14/11/2019 Jonah Ruuskanen PDF: 5 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
11 14/11/2019 Mitch Gleeson PDF: 5 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
12 14/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
13 14/11/2019 Rebecca Evans PDF: 5 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
14 14/11/2019 Lee Riley PDF: 5 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
15 14/11/2019 Paul Rattigan PDF: 5 KB RPA
16 14/11/2019 Steve Lewis PDF: 5 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
17 14/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
18 14/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
19 14/11/2019 Shellie Flatt PDF: 5 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
20 14/11/2019 Ashley Rowe PDF: 5 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
21 15/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
22 15/11/2019 R J De La Hunty, OAM, President & Chief Pilot
Peter Snelling, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Inc. PDF: 171 KB ReadSpeaker
Historic aircraft
23 15/11/2019 Julian Kusa, Mitchell Traders Association PDF: 364 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
24 16/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
25 16/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
26 16/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
27 17/11/2019 Edward G Field PDF: 7 KB ReadSpeaker Historic aircraft
28 17/11/2019 Jethro Nelson PDF: 98 KB ReadSpeaker Historic aircraft
29 17/11/2019 David Kerr PDF: 123 KB ReadSpeaker Historic aircraft
30 17/11/2019 Patrick Tolhoek PDF: 122 KB ReadSpeaker Historic aircraft
31 17/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
32 18/11/2019 Jason Abela PDF: 5 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
33 18/11/2019 Craig Farrell PDF: 5 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
34 18/11/2019 Neil Gross, Wilkinson Murray Pty Limited PDF: 109 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
35 19/11/2019 Jesse Suskin, Wing Aviation Pty Ltd PDF: 947 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
36 20/11/2019 Christine Lawrence, ACT Equestrian Association Incorporated PDF: 142 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
37 20/11/2019 Ross Nolan PDF: 106 KB ReadSpeaker Urban Air Mobility
38 20/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
39 20/11/2019 Geoff Danes, Sport Aircraft Association of Australia PDF: 183 KB ReadSpeaker Historic aircraft
40 21/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
41 21/11/2019 Kim Peart, Space Pioneers Foundation PDF: 88 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
Urban Air Mobility
42 21/11/2019 Robin and Eileen Blackmore PDF: 5 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
43 21/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
44 21/11/2019 Michael Vaughan PDF: 5 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
45 21/11/2019 Timothy Morrissey PDF: 6 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
46 21/11/2019 Andrew Beard PDF: 8 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
47 21/11/2019 Karen Caven PDF: 6 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
48 21/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
49 21/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
50 21/11/2019 Joseph Wheeler, International Aerospace Law & Policy Group PDF: 343 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
51 21/11/2019 Michael Qualmann PDF: 88 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
52 21/11/2019 Ruth Vasey PDF: 6 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
53 21/11/2019 Martin Lewicki PDF: 6 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
54 21/11/2019 Andrew Morris PDF: 13 KB ReadSpeaker Historic aircraft
55 21/11/2019 Daniel Sorbel PDF: 10 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
56 21/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
57 21/11/2019 Chris Brady PDF: 125 KB ReadSpeaker Historic aircraft
58 21/11/2019 DJI PDF: 556 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
59 21/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
60 21/11/2019 Derek PDF: 7 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
61 22/11/2019 Brett Goyne PDF: 7 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
62 22/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
63 22/11/2019 Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) PDF: 179 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
Urban Air Mobility
64 22/11/2019 Tim Finn PDF: 85 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
65 22/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
66 22/11/2019 Penny Costello PDF: 7 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
67 22/11/2019 Jeff Parnell, Australian Acoustical Society
Dr Rob Bullen, Rob Bullen Consulting PDF: 357 KB ReadSpeaker
RPA
Urban Air Mobility
Supersonic Aircraft
Historic aircraft
68 22/11/2019 Mark Awad, Australian Warbirds Association Ltd PDF: 129 KB ReadSpeaker Historic aircraft
69 22/11/2019 Mark Coster PDF: 8 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
70 22/11/2019 Dennis Maddock PDF: 52 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
71 22/11/2019 Ian and Robyn McIntyre PDF: 32 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
72 22/11/2019 Gray Ardern PDF: 6 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
73 22/11/2019 S Jensen PDF: 46 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
74 22/11/2019 Louise Fitzgerald PDF: RPA
75 22/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL Urban Air Mobility
76 22/11/2019 Peter Elford, Gungahlin Community Council Inc. PDF: 214 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
77 22/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
78 22/11/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
79 22/11/2019 David Radich, Logan City Council PDF: 87 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
80 22/11/2019 Luke Hannan, LGAQ PDF: 149 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
81 25/11/2019 David Pollard PDF: 152 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
82 25/11/2019 Brett Curtis, Gold Coast Airport PDF: 1465 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
83 27/11/2019 Adrian Dwyer, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia PDF: 102 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
84 27/11/2019 David McNamara, NSW Department of Planning and Environment PDF: 173 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
Urban Air Mobility
Supersonic Aircraft
Historic aircraft
85 29/11/2019 Ian Yorke, EPA South Australia PDF: 3239 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
Urban Air Mobility
86 29/11/2019 Margy Osmond, Tourism and Transport Forum Australia PDF: 169 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
87 29/11/2019 John Kearney, City of Gold Coast PDF: 114 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
88 2/12/2019 RPA PDF: 477 KB ReadSpeaker Urban Air Mobility
89 2/12/2019 Anne-Marie Brits, Government of Western Australia PDF: 360 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
Urban Air Mobility
90 3/12/2019 Mike Stapleton, Department of Transport and Main Roads PDF: 3355 KB RPA
Urban Air Mobility
Supersonic Aircraft
Historic Aircraft
91 5/12/2019 Caroline Wilkie, Australian Airports Association PDF: 4609 KB ReadSpeaker RPA
Urban Air Mobility
92 6/12/2019 CONFIDENTIAL RPA
Urban Air Mobility
Historic Aircraft

If you require further information on the noise review or the report on the review, please contact the team at noiseregulation@infrastructure.gov.au.

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Last Updated: 15 October, 2020