Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircrew will conduct flying training with the C-17A Globemaster transport aircraft in Victoria this week.
The aircrew will conduct flying training in the vicinity of Shepparton and Mansfield on February 21 before travelling on to Tasmania. On February 22, the aircrew will conduct training in the vicinity of Orbost before flying to RAAF Base East Sale in Gippsland.
On February 23, the aircrew will conduct training in New South Wales before returning to RAAF Base Amberley.
The majority of this flying training will be conducted in remote areas and down to an altitude of 90 metres. Where possible, the C-17A crew will avoid flying over townships and other built-up areas.
Air Force appreciates the support of local communities when conducting this training.
Flying in these areas provides the opportunity to plan and conduct missions in an unfamiliar airborne environment under close supervision of instructors. These missions often require aircraft to operate day and night, at low level, and in areas that are not often exposed to Defence Force aircraft.
The training received by Air Force Pilots and Loadmasters this week will benefit them when conducting missions around the globe. Recent examples of C-17A operational missions include the following:
- Delivery of disaster relief supplies to Tonga following Tropical Cyclone Gita (February 2018)
- Airdrop of medical supplies to the racing yacht CV22 Garmin, 3300 kilometres west of Perth (November 2017).
- Support of Australian Antarctic Division with airland missions to Wilkins Aerodrome, and airdrop missions to Davis Research Station (Ongoing).
- Sustainment of Australian Defence Force personnel in the Middle East Region, including those deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq (Ongoing).