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Evans Head Air Weapons Range

Range Use Schedule

The first Evans Head Air Weapons Range Community Advisory Panel meeting was held in December 2013. Since then Air Force has consulted with Panel members to develop the range use program. Representatives from 82WG, and range personnel hosted the Evans Head Air Weapons Range Community Advisory Panel on 2 June 2015 to discuss range operations for the remainder of 2015.

Air Force appreciates Evans Head community assistance in planning the schedule.

Scheduled Range Use (Weapon Employment) for August 2018

Date Activity
Tuesday 28 August F/A-18F Super Hornets will conduct air to ground strafing on the Evans Head Air Weapons Range and low flying within the Evans Head airspace throughout the day.   Specific range activities are planned to be conducted between 12.45pm and 1.45pm.  For safety reasons, the Southern DPA (overwater) will be closed from 12 noon to 4pm.

All activities exclude weekends. Please note operations can change due to weather or operational considerations.

The schedule of weapons range use for Super Hornet and other aircraft will not be that different to when the F-111 and other aircraft used the range for bombing and air-to-ground gunnery activities.

The southern gunnery public safety exclusion zone (Southern DPA), encompassing South Evans Reef, will be active for approximately 40 days per year. Air-to-ground gunnery training will be conducted during daylight hours only.

The Northern DPA will be active approximately 70 days per year for the purpose of inert bombing operations.  Aircraft may conduct bombing activities during the day and/or night.  Bombing activity is likely to include the use of laser equipment.

Laser equipment may be used within EVDAWR during both day and night, throughout the year. Depending on the activity, the Southern DPA may or may not be open during these operations, but the Northern DPA will be active.

There may be days when both the southern and northern public safety exclusion zones are activated.