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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 and to identify key times to use the over water Defence Practice Area.  

These ongoing collaboration has ensured any potential impacts on the local community are identified early.Air Force appreciates Evans Head community assistance in planning the schedule. 

Scheduled Range Use (Weapon Employment) for August to November 2020



17 – 21 Aug 2020

F-35A Lightning II Verification and Validation

12 - 16 Oct 2020

– F/A-18F Super Hornets

19 – 23 Oct 2020

F/A-18F Super Hornets

26 – 30 Oct 2020

F/A-18F Super Hornets

9 - 13 Nov 2020

F-35A Lightning II Verification and Validation

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 the F-35A Lightning II 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 of the 70 approved days for operations 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.