Australia’s next generation of fighter pilots will be in Townsville in North Queensland to participate in Exercise High Sierra 19.
F/A-18A/B aircraft will begin arriving in Townsville on Thursday 14 November at approximately 12pm with the exercise being conducted from Monday 18 November to Thursday 5 December 2019.
Exercise High Sierra represents the last three weeks of the F/A-18 operational conversion course and will involve F/A-18A/B, E-7A and KC-30A aircraft operating in the Townsville restricted airspace and the Townsville Field Training Area.
The six-month long course converts fighter pilots from the Hawk Mk127 Lead-in-fighter aircraft to the F/A-18 Hornet and allows Air Force to maintain its key capabilities such as the performance of precision strike missions.
It also provides participants with high complexity air combat training opportunities for Air Combat Group to test and to practice deployment capabilities.
Exercise High Sierra will involve day and night flying operations. There is no planned exercise flying on weekends with all weekday operations are scheduled to conclude by 8pm.
Aircraft will depart Townsville on the morning of 5 December 2019 to return to RAAF Base Williamtown.
All flying is subject to change due to weather and operational requirements.