Defence support to Sunsuper Riverfire

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On Saturday 29 September 2018, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will once again be supporting Sunsuper Riverfire, which concludes the Brisbane Festival, Queensland’s largest arts and cultural event.

Air Commodore Ken Robinson, Senior ADF Officer at RAAF Base Amberley, said the ADF had been a long-term supporter of Sunsuper Riverfire and is proud to be supporting this year’s event with flypasts, aerobatic displays and entertainment, which will build excitement in the lead up to the evening fireworks display.

“Spectators can expect to see two flypasts from Air Force’s EA-18G Growler fast jets from Number 6 Squadron based at RAAF Amberley,” Air Commodore Robinson said.

“The workhorse of the Air Force’s transport fleet, the C-17A Globemaster, will also conduct a flypast. The C-17A Globemaster, based at RAAF Amberley, is one of the Air Force’s largest aircraft and can carry two semi-trailers in its cargo bay.  

“The Air Force’s Roulettes performed last year at Sunsuper Riverfire and thrilled crowds. This year they’ll once again entertain spectators with their breathtaking aerobatics displays over the Brisbane River.”

The Roulettes are scheduled to showcase their aerial horsepower with close formation aerobatic displays. 

Throughout the display, each of the six Pilatus PC-9A aircraft pilots will conduct aerobatics and low level flypasts at speeds up to 550km/hr.

The Navy Band Queensland will perform a range of musical hits at the South Bank Piazza, from timeless jazz through to hits of the 70s and 80s, as well as current Top 40 hits.

Timings for Air Force aircraft flypasts and aerobatic display on Saturday, 29 September are scheduled as follows:

2:45 pm -         C 17A Globemaster flypast

4:15 pm -         Roulettes Aerobatic Display

5:30 pm -         EA-18G Growler flypast

7:04 pm -         EA-18G Growler flypast

7:05 pm -         Sunsuper Riverfire fireworks display commences

For safety reasons, the public is reminded that drones must not be operated over or above people or in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person or property during SunSuper Riverfire. Further information about the safe use of drones can be found on the Civil Aviation Safety Authority website or contact 131 757.

All flying is subject to change due to weather and operational requirements and the ADF appreciates the public’s continued support in South Queensland.

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Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at, or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362)