ROYAL Australian Air Force Base Williamtown has outlined the planned flying program for fast jets on the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range for the second half of 2016.
Number 77 Squadron is scheduled to conduct F/A-18A Hornet training on the range from 14 to 17 June inclusive.
Number 76 Squadron is scheduled to conduct Hawk 127 operations on the range from 18 July to 12 August, weekdays only.
The F/A-18A Hornets will return to the range on 29 August through to2 September.
Residents living in East Medowie, Salt Ash and Lemon Tree Passage can expect the range to be used consistently throughout this period.
Commander Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Steve Roberton, said aircrew minimised their use of the range and once proficiency has been attained they move onto the next stage of the course.
“Last year, Hawk and Hornet aircraft used the range for 41 days, which is well under the 115 days per year Air Force is permitted to use the range under the Hawk Environment Impact Statement consent conditions.”
“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 Salt Ash Air Weapons Range,” Air Commodore Steve Roberton said.
Air Commodore Roberton said every effort was made to minimise any inconvenience to residents during Salt Ash Air Weapons Range training.
Members of the community seeking further information are invited to call 1800 033 200, or refer to http://www.airforce.gov.au/flyingareawilliamtown for further information.