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RAAF Base Pearce

Noise Mitigation

Air Force has an honest and open approach about the noise experienced by residents living near RAAF Base Pearce, RAAF Base Gingin and nearby flying training areas.

Air Force’s Aircraft Noise Management Strategy outlines how Air Force is working with local communities to reduce noise impacts whilst balancing operational and training requirements.

Air Force commits to undertake flying operations in a manner which is considerate of our local communities, whilst maintaining the safe operation of the aircraft.

Air Force endeavour to adhere to the Air Force Fly Neighbourly Policy for minimising aircraft noise. The principles of this policy are:

  • using appropriate runway length for departures to maximise height over local communities;
  • complying with published airfield noise abatement procedures;
  • using appropriate runway length for departures to maximise height over local communities;
  • minimising the use of afterburner on fast jets during takeoff and climbing to altitude as quickly as possible;
  • limiting the speed of aircraft over populated areas;
  • minimising flight over residential areas and other noise sensitive buildings such as hospitals and schools;
  • avoiding low flying over populated areas and known noise sensitive areas such as live stock yards;
  • minimising flying late at night or early in the morning;
  • Conducting aircraft noise awareness in pilot training and familiarisation; and
  • Notifying local communities of major exercises or other non-routine training and flying activities such as flying displays.

Circuit Training

Circuit training, the act of repetitive take-offs, approaches and landings, known as a ‘touch and go’, is an essential stage of practical pilot training. It involves making approaches to the runway, touching down and then applying power to take-off again.

PC-9/A, PC-21 and Hawk 127 aircraft frequently conduct night flying circuits at RAAF Base Pearce and Gin Gin Airfield.

Initial and Pitch

Some military aircraft (Hawk, PC9 and PC21) based at RAAF Base Pearce normally perform an arrival procedure known as ‘initial and pitch’

Low flying operations

There are five designated low flying areas for training operations at Pearce.

Western Low Flying Area

Western Low Flying Area

Northern Low Flying Area

Northern Low Flying Area

Eastern Low Flying Area and Avon Valley

Eastern Low Flying Area and Avon Valley

Avon Valley is a low flying corridor extends from Toodyay to the Avon Valley / Chittering Valley Intersection.

Outer Low Flying Area

Avon Valley is a low flying corridor extends from Toodyay to the Avon Valley / Chittering Valley Intersection.

Supersonic Area

This critical speed of approximately 1,225km/h is known as the speed of sound or Mach 1 – exceeding Mach 1 is known as going ‘supersonic’.

Supersonic operations can be conducted within Military Restricted Airspace, at least 25 nautical miles from landfall, with aircraft travelling either parallel to or away from land. Aircraft that train in this area include the F/A-18 and other nations’ supersonic-capable assets.

Night flying

While the majority of flights occur during the day, Pearce and its satellite airfield Gin Gin, are active for night flying four nights per week for approximately 35 weeks per year. High performance turbo-propeller trainer aircraft as well as single jet engine light fighter aircraft operate at the base and at associated remote flying training areas.