In most cases, aircraft fly approved flight paths when transiting between airfields. These flight paths are publicised air routes that pilots normally navigate using ground-based navigation aids, GPS and sometimes even visual ground references. When approaching an airfield for landing the aircraft will need to diverge slightly from the route normally within 15nm (or 27km) of the airfield.
Similarly on departure from an airfield, the aircraft will need to turn to intercept the air route. Air Traffic Control will positively control the flight path and heights of aircraft to avoid hazardous weather conditions and to provide a safe distance between other aircraft, obstructions and terrain and to adjust the landing sequence for arrivals at an airfield.
Circuit training is the act of repetitive take-offs, approaches and landings, known as a ‘touch and go’ and is an essential component of pilot training. It involves making approaches to the runway, touching down and then applying power to take-off again.
When formations of jets return tor RAAF Base Edinburgh, they will conduct an initial and pitch recovery procedure as part of their normal recovery. This procedure enables large numbers of military fast jet aircraft to be recovered in the minimum time, thus reducing their noise impact.
Military aircraft may conduct low flying training in military training areas over water in the Gulf of St Vincent and over land up to 50 nautical miles north east of Edinburgh. AP-3C Orion aircraft regularly conduct low flying training south of Kangaroo Island within designated restricted areas and controlled airspace.
A helicopter low flying area is located in the South Mount Lofty Ranges area.
Flying at RAAF Base Edinburgh is minimised late at night, however the AP-3C Orion supports Border Protection operations and may be called upon at any time