RAAF Base Williamtown fighter jet aircraft will conduct intensive training near Bulahdelah, from October 1 to 3.
Commander of Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Tony Grady, said the aircraft would carry out training activities that involve intensive air-to-surface operations.
“This training will also be conducted at the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range, near Medowie and Salt Ash, close to RAAF Base Williamtown,” Air Commodore Grady said.
“RAAF Base Williamtown has established a website which provides communities with broader information regarding our operations,” he said.
Air Commodore Grady said local residents living in the Great Lakes area can refer to the RAAF Base Williamtown flying program at www.airforce.gov.au/flyingareawilliamtown for information on flying operations, and can subscribe to the RSS feeds for updates.
Hawk 127 and F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown use the airspace around Great Lakes and Bulahdelah on a regular basis for air to surface training.
“Developing skills in low level flying is an important part of fighter pilot training,” Air Commodore Grady said.
Fighter jets operate over the ocean off the Hunter and Great Lakes coasts for 70 per cent of their training operations.
For the remainder of the year, operations are conducted in other parts of Australia, and to the west and north of RAAF Base Williamtown. Occasionally this also includes areas around Bulahdelah and Forster.
“Air Force is committed to ensuring every effort is made to minimise any inconvenience to residents living in the Bulahdelah and local communities.
“The ongoing support of local communities is appreciated,” Air Commodore Grady said.