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


Hornet Diversion Training in Richmond, NSW

What:     F/A-18 Hornet Diversion training
When:     Tuesday 26 July and Wednesday 27 July, 6.00pm until 10.30pm

Where:     Royal Australian Air Force Base Richmond, New South Wales and surrounding airspace

Up to eight F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft will be conducting divert training to Royal Australian Air Force Base Richmond 26 to 27 July 2016.

The aircraft will depart Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown at approximately 6.00pm and will conduct an instrument approach at Royal Australian Air Force Base Richmond before returning to Williamtown at approximately 10.30pm. The aircraft will individually depart the base in 15 minute intervals.

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 Richmond community during this flying activity.

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 Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown.

All flying is subject to change due to operational requirements.

Night flying as international forces prepare for Exercise Pitch Black

What:  Night familiarisation flying in preparation of Exercise Pitch Black

When:  Monday 25 July – Wednesday 27 July 2016

Where: RAAF Base Darwin and surrounding airspace

International forces take to the skies this week in preparation for Exercise Pitch Black 2016. Flying activities will commence from 8.30am and cease by 9.00pm, Monday 25 July until Wednesday 27 July.

Night flying represents an important opportunity for visiting aircrew to practice air traffic control procedures and familiarise themselves with Northern Territory airspace, for the safe conduct of flying during Exercise Pitch Black.

Exercise Pitch Black 2016 is the Air Force’s largest training activity this year. It will be conducted in the Northern Territory from Friday 29 July to Friday 19 August.

The Royal Australian Air Force is proud to host up to 115 aircraft and 2500 people who have come together for Exercise Pitch Black 2016.

The Northern Territory welcomes exercise participants from Australia, Canada, Indonesia, France (New Caledonia), Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and the United States of America.

Exercise Pitch Black recognises the strong relationship Australia has with each of the nations participating in the exercise and the high value placed on regional stability and fostering closer ties throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Noise mitigation is an important consideration for the conduct of flying activities. Noise abatement procedures will be in force during Exercise Pitch Black as essential training activities are balanced with reducing the impact on local communities.

The Royal Australian Air Force appreciates the ongoing support from the Darwin community in the conduct of essential flying training. All timings are subject to change due to weather or operational requirements.


Fast jet flying program for Salt Ash Air Weapons Range - June 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 for the second half of 2016.
Number 77 Squadron is scheduled to conduct F/A-18A Hornet training on the range from 14 to 17 June inclusive.
Number 76 Squadron is scheduled to conduct Hawk 127 operations on the range from 18 July to 12 August, weekdays only.
The F/A-18A Hornets will return to the range on 29 August through to 2 September.
Residents living in East Medowie, Salt Ash and Lemon Tree Passage can expect the range to be used consistently throughout this period.
Commander Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Steve Roberton, said aircrew minimised their use of the range and once proficiency has been attained they move onto the next stage of the course.
“Last year, Hawk and Hornet aircraft used the range for 41 days, which is well under the 115 days per year Air Force is permitted to use the range under the Hawk Environment Impact Statement consent conditions.”
“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 Salt Ash Air Weapons Range,” Air Commodore Steve Roberton said.
Air Commodore Roberton said every effort was made to minimise any inconvenience to residents during Salt Ash Air Weapons Range training.
Members of the community seeking further information are invited to call 1800 033 200, or refer to for further information.