Flying Operations

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Air Force Balloon Tours Regional South Australia

What:        Air Force Balloon on display in local schools and parks

When:        From Wednesday, 13 September, to Friday, 22 September

Where:    Starting along the South Australia - Victoria border region, and then travelling west. Towns include Renmark, Bordertown, Murray Bridge, Port Augusta, Ceduna and Clare (full details below)

Background:

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Balloon is conducting a Regional Engagement Tour of South Australia.

The Tour will provide an exciting opportunity for members of the public to take a closer look at one of the RAAF’s most popular assets; as well as meet the Balloon’s crew.  

The Balloon’s South Australian itinerary is as follows:

Renmark – 13 September: Free-flight over township from 6am-8am. (Due to forecasted weather reports, this flight is unlikely to happen.)

Bordertown – 14 September: Free-flight over township from 6am-8am. Take-off from Memorial Park.

Bordertown – 14 September: School visit to Bordertown Primary School from 10.30am-1.30pm.

Murray Bridge – 15 September: Free-flight over township from 6am-8am. Take-off from Sturt Reserve.

Murray Bridge – 15 September: School visit to Murray Bridge North School from 10.30am-1.30pm.

Murray Bridge – 16 September: Tethered display from 8.30am-12.30pm at Sturt Reserve.

Port Augusta – 18 September: School visit to Willsden Primary from 10.30am-2.30pm.

Port Augusta – 19 September: Free-flight over township from 6am-8am. Take-off from either Rotary Park or Lions Park, depending on wind conditions.

Ceduna – 20 September: Free-flight over township from 6am-8am. Take-off from Thevenard Footballers Club oval.

Ceduna – 20 September: School visit to Ceduna Area School from 10.30am-2.30pm.

Clare – 22 September: Free-flight over township from 6am-8am. Take-off from Melrose Reserve.

Media note:
Air Force Balloon demonstrations are always weather dependent and subject to operational requirements. Balloon displays typically take place either early morning or early afternoon. Please contact Squadron Leader Sam Wright for more information (contact details below).

More information is available from the http://www.airforce.gov.au/balloon and http://www.facebook.com/RAAF.Balloon

HERCULES FLYPAST OF CANBERRA FOR PEACEKEEPING MEMORIAL

What:    Flypast of Canberra by an Air Force C-130J Hercules for the launch of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial.

Where: Anzac Parade, Canberra ACT.

When:  Thursday, 14 September 2017.  The flypast will occur at 10.07am.

About:
A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130J Hercules will conduct a flypast of Canberra on Thursday, as part of the opening of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial on Anzac Parade.

The aircraft will hold overhead of Lake Tuggeranong before flying overhead of Parliament House and Anzac Parade at 10.07am, at an altitude of 75 metres, before climbing over Mt Ainslie. Please note this flypast is subject to variables including Air Traffic Control, weather, and operational availability; and may be delayed or cancelled.

The flypast will coincide with a dedication ceremony for the newly-constructed Australian Peacekeeping Memorial on Anzac Parade.

The National Memorial recognises the 80,000 Australians – military, police and civilian – to more than 60 United Nations and other international peacekeeping missions since 1947.

Today, Defence has 62 personnel committed to peacekeeping operations in South Sudan, Egypt, Israel, and Lebanon. The Hercules transport aircraft is an important part of how these personnel are deployed and sustained, and since December 1958, different models of Hercules have deployed Australians on peacekeeping operations around the globe.

Media Note: More information about the Hercules is available from http://www.airforce.gov.au/Hercules. File imagery of the Hercules is available from http://images.defence.gov.au/S20130824. Information about the memorial is available from http://www.peacekeepingmemorial.org.au/.

C-17A Globemaster III flypast of Mortdale for Flight Lieutenant Fred Cassidy Funeral Service

What:     Flypast of Mortdale by an Air Force C-17A Globemaster, for Funeral Service of World War Two veteran Flight Lieutenant Fred Cassidy.
      
Where:  Christ Church, Morts Rd, Mortdale New South Wales.
      
When:    Wednesday, 13 September 2017. The flypast is scheduled to occur at approximately 12.45pm.  
      
About:
A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster III will conduct a flypast of the funeral service for Second World War veteran and former President of the No. 30 Squadron Association, Flight Lieutenant Fred Cassidy.

The aircraft will approach Mortdale from the South East, flying at an altitude of 90 metres above all ground obstacles and aiming to overfly Christ Church Mortdale at approximately 12.45pm, bringing the aircraft in proximity to Cronulla and surrounding suburbs. Please note this flypast is subject to variables including Air Traffic Control, weather, and operational availability; and may be delayed or cancelled.

Serving as a Navigator on the Beaufighter Strike aircraft during the Second World War, Flight Lieutenant Fred Cassidy was one of the last surviving RAAF participants in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. In March 1943, one hundred Allied aircraft coordinated a mass strike on a Japanese troop convoy sailing in the Bismarck Sea, an engagement which effectively secured the New Guinea land campaign for the Allies.

Born on 3 January 1923 in Carlton, New South Wales, Fred Cassidy enlisted in the RAAF in February 1941. He completed three tours with Nos. 30 and 93 Squadron, before discharging from the Air Force in December 1945.

In more recent years, he served 17 years as President of the No. 30 Squadron (Beaufighter) Association. Sadly, Flight Lieutenant Cassidy passed away on 5 September 2017.

The Globemaster conducting the flypast on Wednesday is operated by No. 36 Squadron, located at RAAF Base Amberley in Brisbane's West. The C-17A Globemaster III provides Air Force with an unprecedented capacity for strategic air lift. It allows Australia to rapidly deploy anywhere in the world.

Media Note: Defence requests assistance of media in notifying the local community of this flypast. File imagery of Flight Lieutenant Fred Cassidy is available from http://images.defence.gov.au/Fred+Cassidy. File imagery of the Globemaster is available from http://images.defence.gov.au/S20143751

DEFENCE WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM C-17A GLOBEMASTER III FLYING ACTIVITY

What:         Defence Work Experience Program, Air Force Day, C-17A flying activity
    
When:         Tuesday 12 September 2017, approximately 10am-3pm

Where:         Fort Direction, Hobart, TAS

The Royal Australian Air Force strategic air lifter, C-17A Globemaster III of 36SQN (RAAF Base Amberley), will conduct two tactical air drop exercises over Fort Direction, Tasmania, on Tuesday 12 September at approximately 10am until 3pm as part of the Defence Work Experience Program.

Held during the 11to 14 September, the third annual Defence Work Experience Program in Hobart (various locations), brings Navy, Army, Air Force and Defence Force Recruiting representatives and assets.

There are 32 students from across Tasmania who will spend one day with each Service participating in a variety of activities designed to showcase what a future career in the Australian Defence Force might be like.

Noise management and environmental impacts are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military flying.

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

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

Military flying is subject to change due to operational requirements and weather.