Up to ten Hawk Lead-In Fighter aircraft will depart from RAAF Base Williamtown to conduct instrument approaches into RAAF Base Richmond on Thursday 18 January from 9am through to 5pm throughout the day. Operations will continue on Friday from 9am to 1pm if needed.
The Hawks will arrive in 10-15 minute intervals as part of their instrument flying and circuit training including ‘touch-and-go’ landings.
The ability to land at alternate airfields is an essential part of pilot training on the Hawk aircraft. Number 76 Squadron is one of the RAAF’s Hawk training squadrons. Junior pilots are currently progressing through their operational conversion training. Richmond is the primary diversion airfield for RAAF Base Williamtown.
An Instrument Landing System (ILS) approach assists pilots to land at night or in poor weather conditions.
Residents should note that these dates and times are subject to change.
Noise reduction and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military activity, and Air Force appreciates the ongoing support of the Hawkesbury community during these training activities.