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.

For routine flying information refer to www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise.

Flypast to mark Introductory Fighter Course Graduation

Up to ten Hawk 127 lead in fighter jets from Number 76 Squadron will conduct formation manoeuvring overhead RAAF Base Williamtown this Friday.

The aircraft will perform Echelon, Victory, Arrowhead and Spread formations at approximately 1.00pm to mark Numbers 52 and 53 Introductory Fighter Course graduations.

Air Combat Group’s Introductory Fighter Course provides theoretical and practical instruction for aircrew in domestic and tactical flying operations in the Hawk 127 aircraft. The graduates will continue onto conversion training on the F/A-18 Hornet or F/A-18F Super Hornet in 2017.

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

Air Force appreciates the support it receives from the Williamtown 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.

Assistance from the media is sought in notifying local residents of this flying activity.

All flying is subject to change due to operational requirements.

THUNDERBIRDS AND DIAMONDS FOR AIR FORCE’S NEWEST PILOTS

What:         PC-9A and Hawk 127 aerobatics displays to mark pilot graduation
    
When:       Thursday, 8 December at 3.00pm and 4.00pm
                   Friday, 9 December from 11.00am

Where:      Across Perth skies and above RAAF Base Pearce, WA

Special flying formations are just some of the activities planned to celebrate the graduation of Air Force’s newest pilots this week.

The graduating pilots will be awarded their ‘wings’ from Number 2 Flying Training School’s (2FTS) Advanced Pilot Course at RAAF Base Pearce, following years of military and aviation training.

As part of the celebrations, two special formations involving Royal Australian Air Force PC-9s will take to the skies over Perth this week in formations known as ‘Thunderbirds’ and ‘Diamond 9’.

Number 79 Squadron Hawk 127 aircraft will also be conducting both a low level aerobatics display on 8 December as well as a flypast on 9 December over RAAF Base Pearce.

A Thunderbirds formation involves at least 16 PC-9A aircraft flying in a formation that resembles a large aircraft. The Diamond 9 formation involves nine aircraft flying in a diamond shape.

Thursday’s Thunderbird display will include the graduating pilots, 2FTS flying instructors, former 2FTS graduates, and Air Commodore Michael Kitcher as the Reviewing Officer for Friday’s graduation ceremony.

The aircraft will take to the Perth skies from approximately 3.00pm Thursday 8 December. At approximately 4.00pm, a Hawk 127 aircraft will conduct a low level aerobatic display not below 200 feet and reaching speeds of up to 575 knots.

The Diamond 9 formation will take place over the RAAF Pearce parade ground on Friday from 11.00am, as friends and family of the pilots enjoy the graduation ceremony. Up to four Hawk 127 aircraft will also conduct two low level passes from west to east over the parade ground at a height not below 500 feet and reaching speeds of up to 400 knots.

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 Perth community during this flying activity.

EXERCISE HIGH SIERRA ENDS ON HIGH NOTE

What:         Number 2 Operational Conversion Unit F/A-18A/B aircraft conducting flying formations
    
When:         Thursday 8 December 2016 from 1.00pm-1.35pm local

Where:         Newcastle and Williamtown, NSW

Exercise HIGH SIERRA is the final phase of the F/A-18A Hornet Operational Conversion Course by Number 2 Operational Conversion Unit. Exercise HIGH SIERRA has been conducted out of Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville from 17 November to 8 December 2016.

Number 2 Operational Conversion Unit is responsible for converting potential fighter pilots qualified to fly the Hawk 127 Lead in Fighter, into fully capable F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilots via the Operational Conversion Course.

In celebration of the end of the Exercise and therefore the conclusion of the final phase of the Hornet Operational Conversion Course, Number 2 Operational Conversion Unit will conduct a multi-aircraft formation over the Newcastle and Williamtown area between 1.00pm and 1.35pm; on Thursday 8 December.

F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft will conduct flying formations over the Newcastle area at a height 1000 feet above mean sea level, and then overhead the Williamtown base at a height of 500 feet above mean sea level at a speed up to 500 knots.

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 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.

AWC F/A-18A/B HORNET FLYPAST - RAAF base Edinburgh

What:             Two RAAF Air Warfare Centre F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft will conduct a flypast  
    
When:         Friday, 09 December 2016 between 12:30pm and 1:30pm (estimate)

Where:         RAAF Base Edinburgh, Adelaide, SA


Two RAAF Air Warfare Centre F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft (A21-101 & A21-032) operated by the Aircraft Research and Development Unit will conduct a flypast at RAAF Edinburgh to recognise the F/A-18A/B flight test and systems engineering activities that have been conducted at RAAF Edinburgh over nearly 25 years.

The two F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft will conduct a flypast along the flight line inbound from the north-west and outbound to the south-east.

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 Edinburgh.

Media Note:  
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 South Australian community.

Assistance from the media is sought in notifying local residents of this flying activity.

All flying is subject to change due to operational requirements.

Hornet fighter jet flypast for Holmwood student

What:    F/A-18 Hornet flyover of Holmwood Public School. The pilot is a former student.

When:    2:30pm – Tuesday, 6 December.

Where:    Holmwood Public School, Cowra, NSW.

Background:
An F/A-18 Hornet will conduct a flypast over Holmwood Public School on Tuesday at approximately 2:30pm.

The pilot, Squadron Leader Adrian Kiely, is a former Holmwood student and will be in the Central West conducting navigation training exercises.

Cowra and surrounding area residents are advised the aircraft will approach the school from the Northeast, and conduct the pass not lower than 600m and reach speeds up to 800km/h.

The jet will then conduct a circuit and low-level flight over Cowra Airport before returning to RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle.

Cowra has a strong RAAF connection and Squadron Leader Kiely retains a strong connection to his hometown.

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.

Fast Jet Flypast for AAFC Anniversary

What:             Australian Air Force Cadets Freedom of Entry to the City of Wanneroo and 75th anniversary celebration

When:             Saturday, 3 December 2016 at 9.29am and 9.51am local

Where:           Memorial Park, Wanneroo, WA

Australian Air Force Cadets from Number 704 Squadron and Number 721 Squadron will celebrate their 75th anniversary and Freedom of Entry to the City of Wanneroo with a Royal Australian Air Force Hawk 127 aircraft flypast.  

The aircraft will conduct two flypasts on Saturday 3 November 2016, one at 9.29am and another at 9.51am. The Hawk 127 aircraft will be flying west to east, over the parade, reaching speeds of 400 knots at a height as low as 150 metres.

Granting Freedom of Entry to the City upon military units is symbolic and gives the right of general entry to the unit to march in the City on ceremonial occasions such as ANZAC Day.
Air Force appreciates the support it receives from the Wanneroo 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 Pearce.

Fast jet flying activity over Williamtown

What:         F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft conducting a low-level pass and a Hawk 127 aircraft conducting a handling display
When:        Friday, 2 December 2016 at 3.50pm and 4.30pm
Where:       RAAF Base Williamtown, Newcastle, NSW

Details:

Up to three F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft from Number 77 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Williamtown, will conduct a low level pass at a speed no greater than 900km/h and a height not below 75 metres over the base, at approximately 3.40-3.50pm. The activity will be conducted as part of Base flying operations.

 A Hawk 127 aircraft from Number 76 Squadron (also based at RAAF Base Williamtown) will be conducting a handling display over the vicinity of the base at 4.30pm. The aircraft will reach speeds up to 1000km/h at a height not below 600 metres.

The Hawk activity is being conducted as part of the RAAF Base Williamtown annual Children’s Christmas Treat event to thank Defence families for their service throughout the year.

Air Force appreciates the support it receives from the Williamtown 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.

Please note all flying is subject to change due to operational requirements.

TRAINING AT SALT ASH AIR WEAPONS RANGE

 
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
 
What: A PC-9F aircraft conducting training at Salt Ash Air Weapons Range
 
When: Wednesday, 30 November 2016 from 3.00pm to 5.30pm and 8.30pm to 10.00pm local 
 
Where: Salt Ash Air Weapons Range, NSW
 
Number 4 Squadron will be conducting training activities at the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range, Wednesday 30 November 2016; from 3.00pm to 5.30pm and from 8.30pm to 10.00pm.
 
Number 4 Squadron will be utilising a PC-9F aircraft to conduct Joint Terminal Attack and Close Air Support Training. Air Force appreciates the support it receives from the Williamtown and Port Stephens 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.

Air Force Outlines Operations at Evans Head Air Weapons Range for November and December

UPDATE

Please be advised the RAAF Base Amberley F/A 18F Super Hornets inert bombing operations planned for Evans Head Air Weapons Range as from 28Nov to 2Dec, and 5 Dec to 9 Dec has been postponed until the new year.


For further information and a copy of the overwater DPA map and GPS co-ordinates, please refer to the Defence website at http://www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise and go to ‘Ops Near Me’ and then go to the ‘Evans Head’ tab.