Australian Defence Force aircraft rehearse for Sunsuper Riverfire

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On Thursday 23 September, a single Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft from RAAF Base Amberley will conduct several low level rehearsal flypasts in preparation for this year’s Sunsuper Riverfire on Saturday 25 September.
Helicopters from the School of Army Aviation in Oakey will also conduct a low level rehearsal along the Brisbane River in the CBD in preparation for Sunsuper Riverfire.
DATE:                  Thursday 23 September 2021
TIME:                   Approx 12pm – C-17A Globemaster III rehearsal (TBC)
                             Approx 2:30pm – Army helicopter rehearsal (TBC)
Flight Path:  A C-17A Globemaster III based at RAAF Amberley will conduct a series of flypasts over the Brisbane CBD in support of Sunsuper Riverfire.
The aircraft will fly over Mt Coot-tha and Suncorp Stadium then head south along the river at South Bank to the Goodwill Bridge before repositioning to fly east along the Kangaroo Point cliffs toward the Storey Bridge.
A rehearsal flight in preparation for Sunsuper Riverfire will occur on Thursday, 23 September at around 12 noon. The rehearsal flight will see two flypasts, one flown at 1000 feet and then the second flown at a height not below 300 feet.
For Sunsuper Riverfire on Saturday, 25 September at around 5:10pm, the aircraft will conduct one pass along the route not below 300 feet.
 Information regarding the C-17A Globemaster III is available on our Technology page.
Information on the Army’s ARH Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter and the MRH90 Taipan tactical troop transport helicopter are available on Army's Aviation page.
Flying is subject to change, including short notice cancellation, due to variables such as air traffic control, weather and operational requirements.
Safety, noise management and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of Defence flying activities, and participating squadrons will operate with a view to minimising the impact on local communities.
The health and safety of all personnel participating in this event is paramount. All Australian Defence Force personnel are required to adhere to state and territory government travel restrictions and health advice. There are a range of COVID-19 risk mitigation measures in place for this exercise.


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