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

Spartan flypast of Martin Place marks anniversary of Air Force

What:     Flypast of Martin Place Cenotaph by Air Force C-27J Spartan transport aircraft.

Where:     Martin Place. The aircraft will approach the CBD from the East.

When:     Friday, 24 March 2017. The ceremony will commence at 11am, and the flypast will occur at 11.30am.

A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-27J Spartan transport aircraft will conduct a flypast of Sydney on Friday as part of a commemorative ceremony marking the Air Force’s anniversary of its formation.

The aircraft will approach the city from the East, flying at a speed of 240km/h and an altitude of no less than 600 metres.

Please note that this flypast is subject to variables including air traffic control requirements, weather, and operational availability; as such, this flypast may be subject to cancellation at short notice.

The twin-engine Spartan entered Australian service in mid-2015, and is operated by No. 35 Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond in Sydney’s northwest. Serving as a battlefield airlifter, the Spartan can deliver personnel and cargo to airfields that are too small for larger transport aircraft like the C-130J Hercules or C-17A Globemaster III.

The ceremony at Martin Place on Friday will commemorate the establishment of the Air Force as an independent service from the Australian Army on 31 March 1921 at Point Cook in Victoria. Behind the Royal Air Force in Britain, the RAAF is the world’s second-oldest Air Force in the world.

Since its formation, the RAAF has established a proud record of service during conflicts including Second World War, Korean War, and Vietnam War. It has also supported peacekeeping efforts in East Timor, the Solomon Islands, and more recently worked alongside Army and Navy during operations in the Middle East.

Today, the RAAF is an organisation of 15,000 military and civilian personnel, and is embarked on a period of significant change as it introduces new capabilities into service.


Flying display for 2017 Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix

F/A-18 F Super Hornet

Friday 24 March - Reconnaissance Flight: 1530 - 1540

Saturday 25 March - Flyover: 1640 - 1640

Sunday 26  March - Flyover: 1510 - 1520




Friday 24 March - Flyover: 1020 - 1035

Saturday 25 March - Flyover: 1320 - 1335

Sunday 26  March - Flyover: 1435 - 1450


C-17A Globemaster III

Sunday 26 March: 1548



What:    RAAF King Air 350 Flypast

Where:    Benalla AFC Memorial, Benalla Botanic Gardens

When:   Saturday, 25 March 2017 between 2:30 and 3:15pm


The Royal Australian Air Force will pay tribute to the Australian Flying Corps WW1 airmen by conducting a fly past of the Benalla Botanic Gardens during an Australian Flying Corps memorial ceremony on Saturday, 25 March.

The flypast will be conducted by a King Air 350 aircraft .The King Air 350 based at RAAF Base East Sale is used mainly in the training of Air Combat Officers and Observers, as well as providing an airlift capability for the wider Defence Community.

Throughout the display the pilot will conduct a flypast flown as low as 250ft above the ground and at speeds up to 560km/h.

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 Benalla 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 Royal Australian Air Force Base East Sale.

MA 75SQN flypast Bombing of Katherine

A formation of up to four Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornet aircraft will conduct a low level pass over the ceremony to commemorate the 75th Bombing of Katherine at 12.20pm on Wednesday 22 March 2017.

The aircraft will conduct a pass over the Katherine Museum running from east to west at 12.20pm, at approximately 75 metres (250 feet) and at speeds up to 740km per hour (400 knots).

The formation will not overfly Katherine Hospital.


What: Air Force’s Air Warfare Instructors will participate in Exercise Diamond Shield to finalise their training with the most challenging test of their careers.

Where: RAAF Base Williamtown

When: Monday, 20 March to Friday, 24 March.

Flights will occur between the following times:

Mondays to Thursdays: 10:00am-12:30pm;


3:00-4:30pm (Hawk jet trainers only); and

7:30-11:00pm (Hawk jet trainers only).

Fridays: 10:00am-12:30pm; and

12:30-2:30pm (Hawk jet trainers only).


The Diamond Shield exercise which is part of the Diamond Shield Series of exercises, run by the RAAF Air Warfare Centre trains Fighter Combat Instructors, Airspace Battle Managers, Fighter Intelligence Instructors and Fighter Combat Controllers commenced on Monday 13 March and will run until 31 March.

RAAF aircraft including F/A-18A, F/A-18F, E-7A Wedgetail, AP-3C Orion, C-130J Hercules, AAA Learjets and United States F-16 Fighter jets will be involved in the exercise.

Times can change at short notice and all aircraft adhere to the RAAF Base Williamtown noise abatement procedures and fly neighbourly policy.

Air Force appreciates the support it receives from the Newcastle/Port Stephens community during Exercise Diamond Shield.

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 Williamtown.