RAAF Base Williamtown Hawk Lead-In Fighter aircraft will return to the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range (SAAWR) to conduct fighter training for aircrew on Tuesday 30 January 2018.
Number 76 Squadron aircraft have scheduled operations on the range to begin as from Tuesday 30 January through to Friday 16 February during week days only.
The Squadron have reserved the week of 19 to 23 February to allow for potential weather disruptions.
Number 2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU) aircraft are scheduled to conduct training on the range from 12 to 16 February, and during the week of 7 to 11 May inclusive.
PC-9 and Hawk Lead-In Fighter aircraft will also support Joint Terminal Attack training during the week of 30 April to 4 May.
Commander Air Combat Group, Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Michael Kitcher said residents living in East Medowie, Salt Ash and Lemon Tree Passage can expect the range to be used consistently throughout this period.
“Aircrew always minimise their use of the range and once proficiency has been attained they move onto the next stage of their course,’’ he said.
Salt Ash use for 2017 was 39 days in total for ACG, which included 27 days for Hawks, four days for Hornets, and eight days additional use for PC-9.
“This use is well under the SAAWR usage allowed under the operational conditions for the range which is a maximum of 115 days each year over a 10 year rolling average,’’ AIRCDRE Kitcher said.
“Air Force has a responsibility to ensure personnel are ready and able to deploy at short notice and this involves necessary air to ground training that is employed at SAAWR,’’ he said.
AIRCDRE Kitcher said every effort was made to minimise any inconvenience to residents during SAAWR training.