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RAAF Base Richmond

Noise Mitigation

Air Force has an honest and open approach about the noise experienced by residents living near RAAF Base Richmond.

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;
  • 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.

Routine flying at RAAF Base Richmond is minimised late at night, however the C-130J Hercules support Operation OKRA and ACCORDION in the Middle East Area of Operations and may be required to depart at anytime.

When night flying training is required, it will generally be conducted during the week (Monday through to Thursday) excluding public holidays.

Where possible, major exercises and training activities will be highlighted on the Air Force Flying Operations webpage.

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. Circuit training and instrument approach training at RAAF Base Richmond is normally completed by 10pm.

Initial and Pitch

Some military aircraft at RAAF Base Richmond perform an arrival procedure known as ‘initial and pitch’.

Low flying operations

Low flying operations are contained within the Low Flying Area (R469/R470).

These are kept to a minimum and only used in occasional circumstances for specialist training outcomes.