Fast jet operations at Evans Head Air Weapons Range

The sequence of training will involve Numbers 1 Squadron Training Flight (F/A-18F Super Hornet) and 2 Operational Conversion Unit (F-35A Lightning II).

  • Number 1 Squadron Training Flight will commence training on Tuesday 21 March, with 25 - 26 March as back-up days.  
  • Number 2 Operation Conversion Unit will conduct air-to-ground bombing training on the range on Wednesday 3 April 2024.
  • Super Hornet aircraft will return to the range during weekdays on 13 to 17 May and 20 to 24 May 2024, for gunnery and bombing training. Each mission will include low-level flying within the range airspace.

Training activities may involve up to 2 waves (sessions) per day of application pattern and live gunnery. Training may involve the use of lasers. Evans Head Air Weapons Range is a suitable gunnery and bombing practice area for aircrew completing their operational conversion onto F-35A Lightning II and F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft.

Air Force operates F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft from RAAF Base Amberley, and F-35A Lightning II aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown. Local residents are reminded that access to the range (land areas) remains restricted regardless of any activities being conducted. The restriction is a safety measure due to the historical use of range and the possibility of unexploded ordnance remaining on site.

For safety reasons, the Southern Defence Practice Area (overwater) will be closed from 10 am to 5 pm during all training except where specifically indicated. Residents should be aware that scheduled training might change due to weather or other considerations.

Defence personnel display red flags to indicate live firing activities, and conduct patrols to assure public safety.  Air Force appreciates the ongoing long standing support of the Evans Head community. 

The Evans Head Air Weapons Range Community Advisory Panel has been notified of these activities.

For more information, visit the Defence Aircraft Noise website or call 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362).

Flying schedule

  • 21 March 2024: 1 Squadron Training Flight
  • 25 or 26 March 2024 (back up): 1 Squadron Training Flight
  • 3 April 2024: 2 Operation Conversion Unit
  • 13 – 17 May 2024: Super Hornet aircraft - low level flying
  • 20 - 24 May 2024: Super Hornet aircraft - low level flying