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

 

Air Force flypast over Maitland Park

What:         Flypast over Maitland Park by Air Force Hawk 127 aircraft.
 
When:        11:00am – Wednesday, 28 September 2016.
 
Where:       Maitland Park, Maitland NSW.


Up to three Hawk 127 aircraft from Number 76 Squadron at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown will conduct a flypast over Maitland Park on Wednesday, 28 September 2016, at 11:00am for the Life Without Barriers Interagency Foster Care Picnic.
 
The flypast will be not below 230 metres and at speeds of up to 830km/h.

F/A-18F Super Hornet conducts display practice at RAAF Base Amberley to prepare for Townsville Air Show

What:     A single F/A-18F Super Hornet handling display practice

When:    Tuesday 27 September, 10:00am - 10:15am
                Thursday 29 September, 10:00am - 10:15am
                Friday 30 September, 10:00am - 10:15am

Where:   Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Ipswich

A single F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft will conduct handling display practice over RAAF Base Amberley as part of their work up for the Townsville Air Show on 15 October 2016.

Additional dates and times for display practice will be advised via Air Force social media.

Members of the public are advised the aircraft will descend to heights as low as 60m (200ft) above ground level.  All low level flying will be conducted over the Base environs.

Air Force is committed to ensuring every effort is made to minimise any inconvenience to residents living in the Ipswich area.

The ongoing support of the local Ipswich community is appreciated.

Public notifications are developed within the guidelines of the Australian Super Hornet Noise Management Plan.  The Super Hornet Noise Management Plan can be viewed here http://drnet.defence.gov.au/raaf/No82WG/A9%20-%20Safety/Pages/Noise-Management.aspx.

For more information about the Townsville Air Show and Open Day visit our website - http://raaf.gov.au/T150AirShow

F/A-18F Super Hornet flypast for the Sunsuper Riverfire Festival

Thursday, 22 September 2016

What:    F/A-18F Super Hornet flypast for the Sunsuper Riverfire Festival

Where:    Brisbane River

When:    12:30pm, Friday 23 September (practice flight)
5:40pm and 7:04pm, Saturday 24 September


Background:

Two F/A-18F Super Hornets from RAAF Amberley will conduct a low level flypast on 23 September as a rehearsal for the Festival. The practice flight will be conducted at 12.30pm, flying south to north over Brisbane River.

The main event will see a single F/A-18F Super Hornet conduct a flypast at the Sunsuper Riverfire Festival. The aircraft will fly from south to north over the Brisbane River at 5.40pm and 7.04pm to launch the start of the Festival.

The Super Hornet will conduct the passes no lower than 250 feet above ground level and will travel at a maximum speed of 450 knots.

The Sunsuper Riverfire Festival is Queensland’s ultimate firework display and provides an opportunity to demonstrate the flying capability of the Super Hornet to the local community.

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

Air Force appreciates the support it receives from the Brisbane community.

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362) and asking to be connected to RAAF Base Amberley.

F/A-18F Super Hornet conducts display practice at RAAF Base Amberley to prepare for Townsville Air Show

What:     A single F/A-18F Super Hornet handling display practice

When:    Monday 19 September, 2:00pm
               Tuesday 20 September, 10:00am
               Wednesday 21 September, 10:00am    Cancelled due to poor weather
               Thursday 22 September, 10:00am - spare day only
               Friday 23 September, 10:00am - spare day only

Where:   Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Ipswich

A single F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft will conduct handling display practice over RAAF Base Amberley up to six times over the next four weeks as part of their work up for the Townsville Air Show on 15 October 2016.

Additional dates and times for display practice will be advised via Air Force social media.

Members of the public are advised the aircraft will descend to heights as low as 60m (200ft) above ground level.  All low level flying will be conducted over the Base environs.

Air Force is committed to ensuring every effort is made to minimise any inconvenience to residents living in the Ipswich area.

The ongoing support of the local Ipswich community is appreciated.

Public notifications are developed within the guidelines of the Australian Super Hornet Noise Management Plan.  The Super Hornet Noise Management Plan can be viewed here http://drnet.defence.gov.au/raaf/No82WG/A9%20-%20Safety/Pages/Noise-Management.aspx.

For more information about the Townsville Air Show and Open Day visit our website - http://raaf.gov.au/T150AirShow

Battle of Britain Commemoration Flypast, Newcastle

What:     Battle of Britain Commemorative Flypast
    
When:     Friday 16 September 2016, approximately 10.30am

Where:     Civic Park, Newcastle NSW

A formation of three F/A-18A Hornet aircraft will conduct a flypast over Civic Park in Newcastle on Friday 16 September at approximately 10.30am to support the 76th Battle of Britain Commemorative Service.

The formation will fly from East to West over the cenotaph at Civic Park in Newcastle. The aircraft will be flying at approximately 500 feet and at speeds of up to 450 knots.

In 1940, German and Royal Air Forces clashed in the skies over the United Kingdom, locked in the largest sustained bombing campaign to that date. A significant turning point of World War II, the Battle of Britain ended when Germany’s Luftwaffe failed to gain air superiority over the Royal Air Force despite months of targeting Britain’s air bases, military posts and, ultimately, its civilian population. Britain’s decisive victory saved the country from a ground invasion and possible occupation by German forces while proving that air power alone could be used to win a major battle.

Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown is proud to support this commemorative service with Newcastle residents.

Noise management and environmental impacts are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military flying.

Air Force appreciates the support it receives from the Newcastle community during this flying activity.

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362) and asking to be connected to Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown.

Military flying is subject to change due to operational requirements.

Super Hornets Fly into Townsville for Exercise Black Dagger

What:     F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft deploy to Townsville to support military exercises
    
When:     Friday 16 September 2016 to Sunday 16 October 2016

Where:     Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville

Up to nine F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft from 1 Squadron will deploy to RAAF Base Townsville from Friday 16 September 2016 in support of exercises Black Dagger 16-2 and Nigrum Pugio 16-2.

Flying activities will involve day and night missions including live weapons drops in the High Range Training Area in Townsville. Night operations will be week days only and will cease by 2300.

From Tuesday 04 October 2016, the Super Hornets will also support exercise Sea Raider, with flying missions being conducted overwater to the north-east of Townsville.

The exercises will continue until Wednesday 12 October 2016 with the majority of the F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft redeploying to Amberley. Two aircraft will remain in Townsville until the afternoon of Sunday 16 October 2016 to participate in the Townsville Air Show and Open Day activities.

Residents should note that dates and times are subject to change due to operational requirements.

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 Townsville community during this flying activity.

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362) and asking to be connected to Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville.

FLYPAST FOR TELETHON TRUST CORPORATE GOLD DAY AT JOONDALUP RESORT

What:    A single Hawk 127 aircraft from Number 79 Squadron

When:    Thursday, 15 September at 12.15pm

Where:     Joondalup Resort, Joondalup, Western Australia


A single Hawk 127 aircraft from Number 79 Squadron at Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce will conduct a flypast over the Joondalup Resort in support of the Telethon Trust Corporate Gold Day.

A single aircraft will conduct the flypast over the clubhouse and reposition for a second flypast prior to departure.

Members of the public are advised the aircraft will conduct the flypast no lower than 150m (500ft) above ground level and will travel at a maximum airspeed of 740km/hr.

All flying is subject to change due to operational requirements.

F/A-18F Super Hornet conducts display practice at RAAF Base Amberley to prepare for Townsville Air Show

What:     A single F/A-18F Super Hornet handling display practice

When:    Thursday 15 September, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
                Friday 16 September, 10:00am to 11.30am

Where:   Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Ipswich

A single F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft will conduct handling display practice over RAAF Base Amberley up to six times over the next four weeks.

The first display practice will be conducted on Thursday 15 September between 1:00pm and 2:00pm as part of their work up for the Townsville Air Show on 15 October 2016.

The Super Hornet will conduct practice display work over the Base between 10:00am and 11.30am on Friday morning.

Additional dates and times for display practice will be advised via Air Force social media.

Members of the public are advised the aircraft will descend to heights of 300m (1000ft) initially and then down to 60m (200ft) above ground level.  All low level flying will be conducted over the Base environs.

Air Force is committed to ensuring every effort is made to minimise any inconvenience to residents living in the Ipswich area.

The ongoing support of the local Ipswich community is appreciated.

Public notifications are developed within the guidelines of the Australian Super Hornet Noise Management Plan.  The Super Hornet Noise Management Plan can be viewed here http://drnet.defence.gov.au/raaf/No82WG/A9%20-%20Safety/Pages/Noise-Management.aspx.

For more information about the Townsville Air Show and Open Day visit our website - http://raaf.gov.au/T150AirShow

76th Anniversary of Battle of Britain marked with Martin Place Flypast

What:     Flypast of Martin Place by an Air Force C-17A Globemaster transport, coinciding with a memorial service marking 76 years since the Battle of Britain

When:     Thursday, 15 September 2016. The memorial service will commence at 11:00am, and the flypast will occur at 11.30am

Where:    Martin Place Cenotaph, Sydney. The aircraft will approach the CBD from the heads, overflying Woolloomooloo and then the Cenotaph at an altitude of 300 metres, before circling around and departing the Harbour area towards the heads

This year marks the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and the Royal Australian Air Force Association (NSW Division) will hold its annual memorial for the anniversary at the Martin Place Cenotaph on Thursday, September 15.

The service will include a flypast by an Air Force C-17A Globemaster, a transport aircraft operated by No 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley in Brisbane’s west.

The battle officially lasted from July to October of 1940, and saw Royal Air Force defending Britain against airborne attacks from the German Luftwaffe. The RAF’s success in this campaign has been attributed by historians for preventing a follow-on invasion of England.

During the Battle of Britain, around 450 Australian pilots were serving with the Royal Air Force, with 32 Australians serving with Fighter Command. A total of 14 Australian pilots died as a result of combat during the Battle of Britain.

The RAAF’s own No 10 Squadron was attached to RAF Coastal Command, flying maritime patrol missions from Britain.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force on Exercise at RAAF Base Tindal

What:   Republic of Singapore Air Force F-16C/D aircraft are conducting an exercise from Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal
             
When:   23 August – 08 September
 
Where:  Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Northern Territory
 
The  Republic of Singapore Air Force will be conducting a unilateral exercise at Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal from Tuesday 23 August.
 
This unilateral flying activity follows the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s participation in Exercise Pitch Black that is being conducted in the Northern Territory until 19 August, and is concurrent with another unilateral exercise being conducted at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley.
 
Management of potential noise and environment impacts as a result of military aviation activities are vital considerations and are given close attention in the planning and conduct of military aviation.
 
Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362) and asking to be connected to Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal.

Republic of Singapore Air Force on Exercise in Amberley

What:     Republic of Singapore Air Force F-15SG aircraft will conduct training in Australia
    
When:    22 August – 15 September 2016

Where:   Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley, Queensland

The  Republic of Singapore Air Force will be conducting a unilateral exercise from RAAF Base Amberley from Monday 22 August.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force F-15SG aircraft will arrive at RAAF Base Amberley on 22 August and conduct training from 23 August until 15 September.

This unilateral flying activity follows the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s participation in Exercise Pitch Black that is being conducted in the Northern Territory until 19 August.

Noise management and environmental impacts are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military flying.

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362) and asking to be connected to Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley.

Fast jet flying program for Salt Ash Air Weapons Range - September to November 2016

Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown has outlined the planned flying program for fast jets on the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range (SAAWR) for the last three months of 2016.
 
The F/A-18 Hornets will return to the range on 29 August through to 2 September, and then return for the week of 31 October to 4 November.
 
Residents living in East Medowie, Salt Ash and Lemon Tree Passage can expect the range to be used consistently during those nominated weeks.
 
Commander Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Steve Roberton said air crew minimised their use of the range and once proficiency has been attained they move onto the next stage of the course.
 
"Air Force has a responsibility to ensure personnel are ready and able to deploy at short notice and this involves necessary air to ground training that is employed at SAAWR," Air Commodore Steve Roberton said.
 
Members of the community seeking further information are invited to call 1800 033 200, or refer to http://www.airforce.gov.au/flyingareawilliamtown for further information.