The Australian Defence Force Basic Training School is located at Tamworth airport in north-western New South Wales.
The school conducts tri-service flight screening and basic flying training for Australian Defence Force aircrew using the CT-4B training aircraft.
Local flying training areas used by the school include airspace surrounding Tamworth airport, areas up to 40 kilometres west of the Melville Ranges, north of the Liverpool Ranges and south of Keepit including the airfields of Quirindi, Gunnedah and Lake Keepit.
The ability to land at alternate airfields is an essential part of pilot training. Tamworth airport is one of primary diversion airfields for RAAF Base Williamtown near Newcastle.
The Western Airspace covers an area from Blackheath and Lithgow in the south, north over Mudgee, Gulgong, Dunnedoo, Meriwah Coolah and Tambah, and to the east approach towards Muswellbrook and Scone.
RAAF Base Williamtown Western Airspace is used for pilot training in air-to-air intercept. Some ground attack training with aircraft often flying at very low levels also occurs in this airspace. The Western Airspace is used for approximately half the flying year at high altitudes and a small percentage of this time is taken up with low flying activity.
A map of the Western Airspace and Routine Flying Schedules are available on the RAAF Base Williamtown Flying Area webpage .