The majority of the flying training occurs in designated training areas which are situated over farming, rural and overwater areas. This helps reduce the time aircraft spend over residential areas.
The proximity and orientation of RAAF Base Richmond’s runway means that aircraft are required to take off and land directly over the townships of Richmond and Windsor. The introduction of aircraft simulators, allowing aircrew to practice flying in ground-based training devices, has significantly reduced the amount of aircraft movements over the Hawkesbury.
Londonderry Drop Zone is located 10 kilometres from RAAF Richmond. It is a vacant area of land that is used by the Air Force and Army to practice delivery of airborne payloads.
Rickaby’s Creek Drop Zone is located on lowlands immediately adjacent to RAAF Base Richmond’s north-west boundary. It is used by RAAF aircraft to practice airdropping Army paratroops.
Air drop from a C-17A Globemaster over Londonderry Drop Zone in New South Wales