Flying Operations

This website provides general information about significant aircraft movements, flypasts, exercises and training activities.

This website does not provide information on single aircraft movements; or general information about routine flying activities.

For routine flying information refer to

Air Force Flying Squadron to Receive Battle Honours

What:        Consecration Ceremony to Bestow Honours on No. 32 Squadron

When:        From 2pm, Tuesday, 21 February 17

Where:    RAAF Base East Sale Parade Ground, Victoria


A SQUADRON Standard with battle honours will be awarded to the Royal Australian Air Force’s No. 32 Squadron on Tuesday, 21 February.

A Squadron Standard is awarded by order of the Sovereign to an operational squadron for having completed at least 25 years service in the Royal Australian Air Force.

Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, will be the Reviewing Officer for the parade.

The ceremony will last for approximately 90 minutes and will include a 32 Squadron formation flypast, involving two King Air aircraft and a Lockheed Hudson aircraft.

Also making an appearance at the parade will be a PC-9 aircraft from Central Flying School which will conduct a low-level aerobatics display.

The event will also mark the 75th anniversary of the forming of 32 Squadron.

No. 32 Squadron was formed in Port Moresby in February 1942 and was initially a reconnaissance and bomber squadron. These days, 32 Squadron is primarily tasked with air logistics and training roles.  

VIPs attending the ceremony are as follows:

•    Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC
•    Air Commander Australia, Air-Vice Marshal Gavin Turnbull, AM
•    Commander Air Force Training Group, Air Commodore Geoffrey Harland, CSC

Media are invited to attend this important event. Please register your intention to attend by contacting Ms Jaimie Abbott on (02) 4034 9113 or 0448 383 582 by COB Monday, 20 February.


What:     Community Engagement by Air Force C-130J Hercules transport aircraft.

Where:    Orange, New South Wales.

When:        17-19 February, 2017.


An Air Force C-130J Hercules transport aircraft will conduct a series of visits to Orange from February 17 to 19 as part of wider training, allowing Defence to engage with the local community and show gratitude for its continued support.

The aircraft will arrive on Friday at approximately 2.30pm, conducting pre-arranged tours with local school groups during the afternoon before departing by 5pm.

On Saturday, the aircraft will return and conduct two flypasts of the Orange Car Show at 11am and 1pm. The aircraft will fly over The Orange Classic Car Show in Sir Jack Brabham Park at an altitude of 75 metres, approaching from the east.

The fly pasts of the Orange Classic Car Show and other community engagement are registered White Ribbon Australia events, with participating aircrew raising awareness of White Ribbon’s role in preventing violence against women in Australian society.

Air Mobility Group, the element of Air Force that operates the C-130J Hercules is a White Ribbon accredited workplace.

Please note that these activities may be subject to variables such as weather and operational availability of the Hercules, and may be cancelled with little or no notice.

The visits to Orange are part of training by Air Force pilots and loadmasters at No. 285 Squadron, who are returning to flying the Hercules following service in a ground-based role. Amongst the pilots is Flight Lieutenant Justin Della Bosca, a former resident of Orange.

For Air Force, these visits are an opportunity to thank the Central West New South Wales community for its continued support of Air Force training. Transport aircraft from RAAF Base Richmond, including the C-130J Hercules and C-27J Spartan, frequently use airspace and airfields across the region to accomplish their training objectives.

With their skills honed in the skies of rural New South Wales, these crews are able to face the challenges of flying on operations around the world. These include missions into the Middle East Region to support deployed Australian Defence Force personnel.

F/A 18A/B Hornet aircraft conduct flypast to support 75th of Bombing of Darwin Commemorations

What:    3 x F/A 18A Hornets and a single RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft will conduct a flypast to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin

When:    Sunday 19 February 2017 between 9.58am and 10.10am

Where:     Over Darwin City, Darwin Cenotaph and Darwin Harbour

A formation of three Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornet and a single RAAF AP-3C Orion aircraft will conduct a low level flypast over the ceremony to commemorate the 75th Bombing of Darwin.

The aircraft will run-in over the city and cenotaph after the air raid siren sounds at 9.58 am.

On 19 February 1942, mainland Australia came under attack for the first time when Japanese forces mounted two air raids on Darwin.
The two attacks, which were planned and led by the commander responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbor ten weeks earlier, involved 188 attack aircraft which were launched from four Japanese aircraft-carriers in the Timor Sea, and a second raid of 54 land-based bombers. The carrier battle group consisted additionally of two heavy cruisers, one light cruiser, seven destroyers, three submarines, and two other heavy cruisers on distant cover.
The two raids killed 235 people with a further 300 to 400 wounded. Thirty aircraft were destroyed, including nine out of the ten flying in defence, nine ships in the harbour and two outside were sunk, and some of the civil and military facilities in Darwin were destroyed.
Noise reduction and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military flying.

Air Force appreciates the support it receives from the Darwin community during this flying activity.

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362) and asking to be connected to RAAF Darwin


What:              Low-Level Aerobatics Display at Latrobe Valley Airfield
When:             Monday, 13 February 2017, at 7.45pm
Where:            Latrobe Valley Airfield, Victoria

A Royal Australian Air Force PC-9 pilot will conduct a low-level aerobatics display over Latrobe Valley Airfield on Monday evening as part of a recruiting drive for the Australian Air Force Cadets.

The PC-9 pilot conducting the display is a former Air Force Cadet who was once a member of the squadron hosting the recruiting drive, 426 Squadron (Latrobe Valley).

The aerobatics display will take place at approximately 7.45pm and will be a carefully choreographed routine that will show why Air Force aerobatics pilots are held in such high regard.


The pilots who comprise the Royal Australian Air Force’s aerobatics team are among the Australian Defence Force’s best; some of whom are members of The Roulettes. All of Air Force’s aerobatics pilots are flying instructors attached to Central Flying School in East Sale.

Further information on the Roulettes is available at:

The Royal Australian Air Force is proud to support public events, whenever possible. Displays and visits such as this give the public an opportunity to take a closer look at what the Air Force does, and the assets it uses.

Australian Defence Force joint terminal attack controllers conduct training exercise at Bulahdelah, NSW

Bulahdelah residents will experience Australian Defence Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) specialised training operations up close as from Monday 20 February to 17 March 2017.

Commander of Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Steve Roberton said the JTAC course is aimed to graduate selected personnel in the planning, briefing, controlling and reporting of close air support (CAS) on the battlefield.

“Personnel will wear uniform and webbing but will not be carrying weapons or any form of simulated weapons,” he said.

“All personnel will remain clear of private property except where we have land holder agreements in place,” AIRCDRE Roberton advised.

There will be a small presence of military vehicles and all activities are planned during daylight hours.

In addition to trainees and instructors operating within Bulahdelah township and surrounding farmland, the training activities will be supported by fast jet aircraft.

“PC-9 aircraft and Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter aircraft will conduct medium to close air support down to 45m (150ft),”AIRCDRE Roberton said.

“F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft will also provide support to the training but will operate at high altitudes approximately 4572 m (15000 ft).”

“These activities are normally supported by PC-9 aircraft, so local community members may notice a difference in the aircraft type,” AIRCDRE Roberton said.

“Developing skills in providing air support for ground-based personnel is an important part of Defence training.”

Fast jet aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown use the airspace around Great Lakes and Bulahdelah on a regular basis – particularly the Hawk 127 lead-in Fighter aircraft.

“Air Force is committed to ensuring every effort is made to minimise any inconvenience to residents living in these areas.  The ongoing support of local communities is appreciated,” AIRCDRE Roberton said.

For information on the  RAAF Base Williamtown flying program at for information on flying operations

F/A-18F Super Hornet conducts display practice over Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley

What:    F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft conduct practice display flights

Friday 3 February at about 9.30am
Monday 6 February - Thursday 9 February at about 10.15am
Monday 13 February - Wednesday 15 February at about 2pm
Monday 20 February at about 2pm
Wednesday 22 February at about 2pm
Thursday 23February at about 2pm

Where:     Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Ipswich

F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft will conduct a number of practice display flights over Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley over the next month, starting tomorrow.

Members of the public will be able to gain sneak previews of the planned displays from Friday 3 February at approximately 10.15am.

Please note the aircraft may not fly all of the planned flights subject to weather and operational conditions and notifications will be provided on the day via Air Force social media.

Members of the public are advised the aircraft will fly for approximately 15 minutes and descend to heights of 300 metres (1000 feet) initially and then down to 60 metres (200 feet) above ground level.  All low level flying will be conducted over the Base environs.

Air Force is committed to ensuring every effort is made to minimise any inconvenience to residents living in the Ipswich area.

The ongoing support of the local Ipswich community is appreciated.

These notifications are developed within the guidelines of the Australian Super Hornet Noise Management Plan.  The Super Hornet Noise Management Plan can be viewed here

Salt Ash Air Weapons Range - 23 January to Friday 17 February

Hawk Lead-In Fighter aircraft will return to the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range (SAAWR) to conduct training on weekdays as from next Monday 23 January, 2017. Number 76 Squadron aircraft have scheduled operations on the range from 23 January through to the 17 February inclusive during week days only.  The jets will not operate on the range on Australia Day. Number 2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU) aircraft are scheduled to conduct training on the range from 20 to 24 February, and during the week of 1-5 May inclusive.  A Media Release has been issued to local media outlets.