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RAAF Base Williams

Noise Mitigation

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

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 endeavours to adhere to the Air Force Fly Neighbourly Policy for minimising aircraft noise. This is also a voluntary code of conduct for civilian pilots operating at RAAF Williams Point Cook. 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;
  • 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
RAAF Base Williams Point Cook is a flying training base with the majority of aircraft movements being conducted by flying training schools.

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 is conducted by RMIT and other flying training schools at Point Cook. Circuit training hours have been limited to 0730 to 2230 Monday to Saturdays, and 0730 to last light on Sundays. No night circuits are permitted on Sundays.

Vintage Tiger Moth Joyflights may conduct up to an hour of circuit training per month for pilot endorsement and proficiency checks. The Tiger Moths do not conduct any night flying.

Point Cook Flying Club also conducts circuit training. The requirements to maintain a private license proficiency can usually be met by normal day to day flying but on occasions pilots will need to fly three circuits every 90 days.  Many will have to be done at night as this is the hardest proficiency to keep up to date operationally.