Three F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft will conduct an over flight of Hopetoun, Victoria enroute to the Avalon International Air Show in Victoria this Sunday 26 February, 2017.
The Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) in one of the aircraft is a local boy, FLTLT Neville Moyle who attended Hopetoun Primary and Secondary School from 1990 to 2003.
“I want boys and girls from Hopetoun to look to the sky when we fly over and hopefully show them that growing up in a small rural town doesn't stop you from having the best job in the world,” FLTLT Moyle said.
“I wanted to join the Air Force from a young age after being inspired by a C130 visit. I joined through Australian Defence Force Academy, became an ABM, deployed to Afghanistan and then again to the Middle East Area of Operations,” FLTLT Moyle said.
“I then re-rolled as a Systems Officer (back seater) on the Super Hornet,’’ he said.
FLTLT Moyle said his family ties remain strong as most members still live in the area.
The Royal Australian Air Force appreciates the ongoing support of the local Hopetoun community.
Bulahdelah residents will experience Australian Defence Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) specialised training operations up close as from Monday 20 February to 17 March 2017.
Commander of Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Steve Roberton said the JTAC course is aimed to graduate selected personnel in the planning, briefing, controlling and reporting of close air support (CAS) on the battlefield.
“Personnel will wear uniform and webbing but will not be carrying weapons or any form of simulated weapons,” he said.
“All personnel will remain clear of private property except where we have land holder agreements in place,” AIRCDRE Roberton advised.
There will be a small presence of military vehicles and all activities are planned during daylight hours.
In addition to trainees and instructors operating within Bulahdelah township and surrounding farmland, the training activities will be supported by fast jet aircraft.
“PC-9 aircraft and Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter aircraft will conduct medium to close air support down to 45m (150ft),”AIRCDRE Roberton said.
“F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft will also provide support to the training but will operate at high altitudes approximately 4572 m (15000 ft).”
“These activities are normally supported by PC-9 aircraft, so local community members may notice a difference in the aircraft type,” AIRCDRE Roberton said.
“Developing skills in providing air support for ground-sed personnel is an important part of Defence training.”
Fast jet aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown use the airspace around Great Lakes and Bulahdelah on a regular basis – particularly the Hawk 127 lead-in Fighter aircraft.
“Air Force is committed to ensuring every effort is made to minimise any inconvenience to residents living in these areas. The ongoing support of local communities is appreciated,” AIRCDRE Roberton said.
For information on the RAAF Base Williamtown flying program at http://www.airforce.gov.au/flyingareawilliamtown for information on flying operations
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