Flying Operations

This website provides general information about significant aircraft movements, flypasts, exercises and training activities.

This website does not provide information on single aircraft movements; or general information about routine flying activities.

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RAAF Base pearce aircraft take flight for 2017

What:         Fast jet aircraft from RAAF Base Pearce begin flying operations over Western Australia and the North-West coast for 2017
When:         Thursday, 19 January 2017

Where:         RAAF Base Pearce, Western Australia


Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley fast jet military aircraft have commenced flying from today (Thursday 19th January) for the new year.

Commander of Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Steve Roberton, said flying activities will gradually increase over the next few weeks around Bullsbrook and areas further north as personnel gear up for another busy year.

Fighter jets from RAAF Base Pearce operate over Western Australia, and over the ocean off the WA north-west coast throughout the year.

“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.

Noise management and environment impact are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military flying. Air Force appreciates the support it receives from the Western Australian community during this flying activity.

For further information on RAAF Base Pearce flying activities, members of the community are encouraged to ring 1800 DEFENCE (1300 333 362) or log onto the website for further information on flying operations near you.

C-17A Globemaster Perform low level flying in Townsville area

What:    low level flying by an Air Force C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft

Where:    Magnetic Island and The Strand, Townsville

When:        Thursday, 15 December 2016

A single C-17A Globemaster aircraft will conduct a low-level training flight around the Townsville region as part of a routine training sortie.

The training flight will begin at 2:00 pm and the C-17A can be seen at the following locations during the sortie (times are approximate);

Bushland Beach (flying across not along) – 2:30 pm
Magnetic Island – 2:35pm
Cleveland Bay – 2:40pm
Over the Strand – 2:42pm

The aircraft will be travelling at 550 km/h and will not be lower than 100 meters off the ground.

Low-level flying is an important part of training and essential in maintaining skills for the pilots that fly the aircraft.  

No. 36 Squadron operates eight C-17A aircraft from RAAF Base Amberley in South East Queensland and conducts missions in support of current operations and, when required, humanitarian relief. Recently, No. 36 Squadron has been conducting sustainment operations to the Middle East Region.

The C-17A is a heavy transport aircraft and allows Australia to rapidly deploy troops, supplies, combat vehicles, heavy equipment and helicopters anywhere in the world.

Air Force appreciates the support it receives from the Townsville community and residents.

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362) and asking to be connected to RAAF Townsville.