RAAF C-17A Globemaster to conduct low level flying over New Zealand

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A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster III aircraft will conduct low-level and instrument flying from Sunday 14 – Thursday 18 April 2019 over New Zealand.

Personnel and the aircraft from No. 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley will be based out of RNZAF Base Ohakea near Palmertson North, and will fly over the east coast of the North Island and both coastlines of the South Island.

The ability to fly over different terrains including valleys and mountains, is essential to RAAF C-17A operations and cannot be trained for in Australia.

RAAF air mobility crews maintain close ties with the New Zealand Defence Force, evidenced by the recent cooperation in the Solomon Islands for that country’s General Election.

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 New Zealand community and Defence Force.

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at http://www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise, or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362)