Summary of Key Features
- The rules for the curfew at Essendon Fields Airport are laid down in the Air Navigation (Essendon Airport) Regulations 2018.
- Aircraft take-offs and landings are restricted at Essendon Fields Airport between the hours of 11.00 pm and 6.00 am (local time).
- Jet aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of 50,000 kilograms or less, cannot take-off from or land at Essendon Airport during the curfew, unless the aircraft is involved in an emergency.
- An aircraft should not depart from its origin port unless the estimated time of arrival will be before 11.00 pm Essendon local time. Where the estimated time of arrival will be at or after 11.00 pm a dispensation should be sought before departure.
- An aircraft that arrives at Essendon Fields Airport before 6.00 am must hold until after the curfew ends, or divert to an alternative airport.
- Essendon Fields Airport is not to be nominated or used as a planned alternate airport (in accordance with the noise abatement procedures in the Aeronautical Information Package published by Airservices Australia).
- All operators of aircraft to or from Essendon Fields Airport during curfew hours are required to lodge a flight plan with Airservices Australia.
Exceptions to the Curfew
The following aircraft are permitted to operate at Essendon Fields Airport during the curfew:
- Propeller-driven aircraft with a maximum take-off weight not exceeding 8,618 kilograms and that do not exceed specified noise emissions.
- Helicopters that comply with the relevant maximum noise levels contained in Chapter 8 or 11 of the International Civil Aviation Organization's Annex 16, Volume 1.
- Aircraft involved in an emergency, or a flight interrupted by an emergency. An ‘emergency’ includes aircraft being used for search and rescue, medical purposes or natural disasters, or emergencies declared by a pilot such as insufficient fuel or an in-flight emergency.
- Dispensations may be granted if there are circumstances justifying a take-off or landing. A dispensation will not be granted if the aircraft is on a scheduled commercial operation (carrying passengers or freight).
A breach of the Regulations carries with it fines up to $52,500 for a body corporate. See Air Navigation (Essendon Airport) Regulations 2018.