Flying Operations

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This website does not provide information on single aircraft movements; or general information about routine flying activities which is available at

Aircraft Flying Activity

What: 1 x Hawk 127 aircraft conducting flypast

Where: Kings Park War Memorial, Perth WA

When: Monday 30 May 2016 at approximately 11.00am

A single Hawk 127 aircraft from Number 79 Squadron in RAAF Base Pearce will conduct a flypast over Kings Park War Memorial in Perth at approximately 11.00 am on Monday 30 May 2016.
The flypast is in support of the United States Memorial Day. The aircraft will fly East to West over Kings Park at approximately 500 feet and at a maximum speed of 400 knots.

Air Force conducts gunnery at Evans Head Air Weapons Range

What:         Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft will conduct air-to- ground gunnery operations.

Where:      Evans Head Air Weapons Range on weekdays only from 30 May to 3 June inclusive.

When:       Aircraft will subsequently conduct air-to- ground gunnery from 6 to 9 June, and then return 25 to 29 July, and again on 1 to 5 August, 2016.

The RAAF Base Amberley Super Hornets will conduct strafing runs from 10:30am through to 5:00pm as agreed with the Evans Head Evans Head Air Weapons Range Community Advisory Panel in June 2015.

C-17 flypast in support of RSL Centenary

What: A single C-17A Globemaster III aircraft will conduct a flypast of Mackay

Where: Mackay Showgrounds, QLD

When: 11.30am, Saturday 4 June

An Air Force C-17A Globemaster III aircraft will conduct a flypast of Mackay in support of the Returned and Services League 100th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday 4 June.

The aircraft, from Number 36 Squadron based at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, will conduct the flypast of the Mackay Showgrounds in an East to West direction at approximately 11:30am. Flying at a height of approximately 100 meters, it will be travelling around 290 km/h.

The C-17A will be configured for landing, which includes the aircraft wing slats and flaps extended and the landing gear down. This will provide an excellent opportunity to capture photos of the aircraft by those attending the event.

Aircraft Flying Activity

What:              Up to 14 F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown will conduct flying operations in the Western Airspace.

Where:           Williamtown and surrounding airspace

When:            Monday 23 May to Friday 27 May 2016


Up to eight F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from 2 Operational Conversion Unit and up to six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from 3 Squadron will conduct flying training over the period 23 - 27 May in the Western Airspace.

The Western Airspace is bounded approximately by Merriwa, Rylston, Mudgee, Cassilis, Tambar Springs, Tamworth and Armidale. Flying in this area will occur during the day only.

Noise reduction and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military  flying.

ADF training near Perth and surrounds

Up to three US military MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters will fly in and around Perth, Western Australia, as part of joint training activity being conducted by the Australian and US Defence Forces in May and June 2016.
The aircraft will be stationed at RAAF Base Pearce, and fly to the ADF’s Bindoon Training Area and other locations around Perth.
The purpose of this activity is to provide personnel with realistic training environments and scenarios in built-up areas. This exercise is part of the regular training program and residents should not be concerned if they hear or see these activities occurring.
The training activities are designed to provide a realistic test of ADF skills and to ensure the ADF maintains the highest level of capability to respond, where required, to support Australia’s national interests.

The training involves low flying, which can generate some unavoidable noise.  Noise will be mitigated by the choice of flying routes and locations.
Defence acknowledges that these activities may result in possible disturbances to local residents, however, wherever possible, the ADF seeks to minimise this disruption.