Exercise Pitch Black flying schedule

Exercise Pitch Black 2022 will operate over Darwin and Katherine military airspaces within the Northern Territory. Please be aware that for the duration of the exercise there is expected increased military flying.

This will include but is not limited to day/night flying and low flying activities.

Week 1

Monday – Thursday: 0830 – 1200, 1400 - 1730

Friday: NIL Flying Planned

Week 2

Monday – Thursday: 1130 – 1500, 1900 – 2230

Friday: 1130 – 1500

Week 3

Monday – Wednesday: 1130 -1500, 1900 – 2230

Thursday-Friday: 1130-1500

Night flying for exercise Pitch Black 2022 finishes at 10.30 pm on Wednesday 07 September.

NOTE: All timings are subject to change due to operational requirements. 

This year, up to 15 nations will participate in Exercise Pitch Black 22. Based in Darwin from April to October, the Marine Rotational Force - Darwin will also participate utilising the MV-22 Ospreys for portions of the exercise. The Darwin community should not expect to experience any more than the usual flying schedule. All participants on Exercise Pitch Black follow ADF policies and guidelines to minimize the impact of flying operations. During the exercise flying times will be posted to this page as well as the Defence aircraft noise website. Other Air Force flying operations information can be found on the Flying activity page.

The RAAF greatly appreciates Darwin’s welcoming of all international participants into the community.