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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What:   Flypast of Historic Aircraft for Reserve Forces Day
When:  Sunday, 2 July 2017, from 11am
Where:   Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Museum will conduct two historic-aircraft formation flypasts over the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance on Sunday afternoon.
The flypasts are in support of a celebration of the 1.25 million former and serving Reservists, including those who served in the Citizen Military Forces and Citizen Air Force.
The aircraft to be used in the historic-aircraft flypasts will include a RAAF Winjeel, Harvard and CT4 trainer.
The first flypast will travel in a north-to-south direction, with the second travelling east-to-west. The flypast will be conducted at a height of approximately 250 metres.
The RAAF Museum at Point Cook has the largest collection of Australian military aviation memorabilia in the world and the largest collection of historic military aircraft in the Southern Hemisphere.
Further information about the RAAF Museum can be found at this website:
Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362).


What:   Four Air Force PC-9 aircraft to conduct flypast over township
When:   Saturday, 1 July 2017, at approximately 10.15am
Where:   Town Centre, Buninyong VIC (11 kms from Ballarat)
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will conduct a low-level flypast over Buninyong township on Saturday at approximately 10.15am.
Central Flying School (CFS) will conduct a four-ship flypast in support of the opening of the restored World War I Buninyong Avenue of Honour.
The flypast will consist of four Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft flying in from the west along Midland Highway.
The flypast target is the main roundabout in the middle of Buninyong. The aircraft will be conducting the flypast at a height of approximately 80 metres.
The pilots conducting the display are flying instructors based at CFS at RAAF Base East Sale. This unit is responsible for training Air Force flying instructors who go on to deliver training to RAAF, Navy and Army pilot trainees.
The Royal Australian Air Force is proud to support public events whenever possible. Displays such as this give the public an opportunity to take a closer look at what the Air Force does, and the assets it uses.


What:   Aerobatics Display for Graduating Air Force Officers

When:   Thursday, 6 July 2017, from 1pm

Where:   RAAF Base East Sale, VIC

To help celebrate the graduation of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) newest Air Traffic Controllers (known as Joint Battlefield Airspace Controllers or JBACs), an aerobatics display will be conducted over RAAF Base East Sale this Thursday.

A pilot from RAAF’s Central Flying School will conduct a 15-minute aerobatics display using a PC-9/A aircraft. The pilot will showcase the high performance and manoeuvrability of the Pilatus PC-9 and demonstrate the superior level of skill achieved by Air Force pilots.

The graduating JBACs are from Course 177 which undertook 36 weeks of training at the School of Air Traffic Control (SATC) at RAAF Base East Sale.

RAAF outlines an early SAAWR flying program for June and July 2017

RAAF Base Williamtown Hawk Lead-In Fighter aircraft will return to the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range (SAAWR) to conduct fighter training for aircrew on Tuesday 20 June 2017.

Number 76 Squadron aircraft have scheduled operations on the range to begin from the afternoon of Tuesday 20 June through to Friday 21 July for week days only.

Acting Commander Air Combat Group, Group Captain (GPCAPT) Robert Denney said the fighter pilot training program had been brought forward slightly earlier than past years.

“We will update our advice to residents as we work through the program as we expect to finish training operations before the 21 July,’’ GPCAPT Denney said.

“Residents living in East Medowie, Salt Ash and Lemon Tree Passage can expect the range to be used consistently throughout this period.

“Additionally a PC-9 will drop smoke grenades to test range scoring systems on either Monday 26 June or Tuesday 27 June.”

“Night spotting charges are also planned to be discharged on Monday evening. There will be no night flying for these activities,” GPCAPT Denney said.

GPCAPT Denney advised aircrew training on the range was developing necessary skills which would be utilised during the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

“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,’’ he said.

GPCAPT Denney said every effort was made to minimise any inconvenience to residents during SAAWR training.

Members of the community seeking further information are invited to call 1800 033 200, or refer to for further information.


Exercise Diamond Spear will run from 15 to 31 May 2017,continuing the training regime of the Air Warfare Instructors Course (AWIC) involving Pilots, Intelligence Officers and Air Combat Officers across a range of Air Force platforms, including F/A-18A Classic Hornets, F/A-18F Super Hornets, E-7A Wedgetail, and C-130J Hercules aircraft.

Conducted by the Air Warfare Centre, the course aims to graduate expert leaders and instructors capable of tactics development, validation and instruction.

The fourth in a series of training exercises, Diamond Spear will be conducted from RAAF Bases Williamtown and Amberley and will operate at high altitude over the Northern New South Wales training area.

The exercise will take place in the vicinity of North-West New South Wales towns of Coonamble, Gunnedah and Narrabri. Residents living in these areas may notice some aerial activity if weather conditions dictate lower flying levels than planned during the period.

The Diamond Series of exercises is designed to integrate people and systems something which is now achievable because of the fifth generation capabilities coming into service.

As Australian Defence Force (ADF) platforms interact electronically, so too must the human elements interact closely to get the greatest benefit from this technology.

Over the next few months, each component of the course will prepare our instructors to be effective in the integrated air warfare space.

Graduates will provide leadership in the development of future tactics and help determine how those tactics can be used to enhance the ADF’s joint warfighting capability using fifth generation platforms.

The course exercises complex war-like scenarios and the students will put their newly developed skills into practice and make decisions which will shape the way Air Force fights in the future in an integrated war-space using fifth generation platforms.

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