No 2 Flying Training School (2FTS) from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Pearce will deploy a detachment to Albany regional airport for flight training operations during the period 26 February to 12 March 2021 as part of Exercise Southern Sunrise.
2FTS routinely conducts flying training in the Albany area, however the deployment of six Pilatus PC-21 aircraft and approximately 50 Australian Defence Force (ADF) and support personnel will see a higher than normal tempo of operations from Albany airport during this period.
Formations of up to four aircraft may be seen in vicinity of the airport and Albany city centre as aircraft depart and position to return to the airfield. The majority of flight training will be conducted above 5000 feet, away from residential and built up areas to minimise any impact to the local community.
2FTS trains RAAF and Royal Australian Navy student pilots to the highest possible standard in the recently acquired Pilatus PC-21 aircraft. This new capability prepares the students in order to undertake operational conversion on more advanced ADF aircraft after graduation. 2FTS also develops Qualified Flying Instructors for future employment on ADF operational conversion units and flying squadrons.
All Air Force training has considered the local state COVID-19 precautions and the community can be assured that this deployment is accordance with those state guidelines. Face masks will be worn by all personnel in the Albany airport terminal, with a specialist medical support team deploying for the duration.