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RAAF Base Amberley

Noise Mitigation

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

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.

At RAAF Base Amberley, fighter jets are planned to be on the ground no later than 11pm on weeknights, and do not usually conduct training activity on the weekends.  All fast jet flying, day or night, is governed by the Super Hornet Noise Management Plan and any planned deviations from the normal operations will be advertised through local media outlets.

Fast jet aircrew are familiar with the requirements of the Super Hornet Noise Management Plan and all visiting fast jet units (including foreign forces) are expected to comply with the noise abatement requirements of this plan.

Australian Super Hornet Annual Super Hornet Noise Report 2011

The public consultation process for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for flying operations of the F-35A has concluded. Visit http://www.f35evolution.com.au/lib/pdf/ENAUABTF1446_Factsheet3_v2.pdf to view the approval decision for the final EIS or  Environmental Impact Statement for the F-35A Lightning II for general information about the F-35A. Defence thanks all those who have participated in the public consultation process.

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.

Due to noise abatement considerations, all low level circuits are flown to the west of RAAF Base Amberley, clear of the townships of Walloon, Willowbank and Rosewood.

Initial and Pitch

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

Low flying operations

Occasionally some aircraft may conduct low level flight training close to the Amberley airfield.

Night flying

Night flying training at RAAF Base Amberley ceases by 11pm. Operational transport movements can occur at any time, although it is rare for aircraft to operate between 11pm and 6am.