Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft will conduct operational training at Evans Head Air Weapons Range, near Evans Head from 11 June to 19 June 2018.
Number 1SQN aircrew will conduct 20mm air to ground strafing and dry application bombing throughout the week. The morning waves will be dry strafe runs and the afternoon waves will be live between 1pm and 4pm.
Aircrew will also conduct low level flying during each mission within the range airspace as usual.
Additionally, RAAF Base Williamtown F/A-18A/B Hornets are scheduled to conduct test and evaluation activities involving air to ground gunnery on the 14, 15 and 18 or 19 June 2018.
For safety reasons, the Southern DPA (overwater) will be closed from 10am to 5pm during these times.
Commander of Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Michael Kitcher said local residents are advised operations on the range can change due to weather or other operational considerations so people are advised to heed the closure of the range overwater areas from 10am to 5pm.
“Air Force appreciates the ongoing input and long standing support the local community provides in terms of our operations,’’ AIRCDRE Kitcher said.
Local residents are advised access to the range (land areas) remains restricted regardless of any activities being conducted. This is due to the historical use of range and the possibility of unexploded ordnance remaining at the site, he said.
The Evans Head Evans Head Air Weapons Range Community Advisory Panel has been advised of these activities.
“Defence personnel display Red Flags whenever live firing activities are conducted and carry out patrols to ensure people don’t stray into the area,” he said.
For further information and a copy of the overwater DPA map and GPS co-ordinates please refer to the Defence website at http://www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise
; and go to Ops Near Me and then go to the Evans Head tab.