Increased flying operations at RAAF Amberley in support of the 2018 Commonwealth Games

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Local Ipswich residents may notice an increase in air traffic at RAAF Base Amberley from 21 March through to 17 April as part of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) support to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Royal Australian Air Force fast jets which are based at RAAF Base Amberley, in addition to Australian Army helicopters, such as the MRH90 Taipan, will be providing support to the Queensland Police Service for the Games.

The Commander of the ADF’s support to the Games, Major General Paul McLachlan, said in the lead up to, and during the Games, Ipswich locals should not be surprised to see Army helicopters flying at RAAF Base Amberley.

“Army helicopters will be flying around the Gold Coast during the day and night and will start familiarisation training before the Games commence.

“In the lead up to and during the Games, Air Force fast jets will also be conducting flying outside their normal hours of operation including night and weekend flying.

“This flying helps minimise the impact to the public should Defence be called upon to support the Queensland Police response to an incident during the Games.”

Defence support to the Queensland Police Service is an important component of the Australian Government’s overall security arrangements for the Commonwealth Games.

Defence is working closely with the Queensland Police Service and local governments to minimise any impact of these flying operations on communities.

RAAF Base Amberley will also continue to conduct ongoing aircraft flying operations during the day and night as part of routine training, exercises and tasks.

You can find more information on RAAF Base Amberley flying operations and airspace here:

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