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Army helicopter training over Sydney, Mudgee, Newcastle, Bega, Wollongong and Canberra regions

The Australian Defence Force will be conducting training in the Sydney, Mudgee, Newcastle, Bega, Wollongong and Canberra regions during the period 04 Feb – 15 Mar 2019.

This routine training is designed to provide a realistic test of ADF skills, working together with State and Federal agencies in the form of emergency response scenarios. The Police and relevant State and Federal agencies are fully aware and involved in this training.

The training will involve Army helicopters. Flights will occur in all conditions across urban and rural areas during the afternoon and evening, generally concluding by 11:30pm.  Some unavoidable noise may be noticeable for short periods, due to low flying helicopters.

 

The ADF makes every effort to minimise the disruption to local residents and businesses while providing realistic training for its members and State authorities. This includes rotating training between different States and areas, and wherever possible, using training venues only once during the training period.

 

Defence takes extensive measures to inform the public of this training.  Alerts have been issued to national and regional media, notices inserted in national and regional newspapers, and leaflets like this are delivered to letterboxes of the residents most likely to be affected.

 

The training is extensively planned, will be conducted with all relevant safeguards, and poses no danger to the public. Residents should not be concerned if they hear or see these activities occurring and the unavoidable short term noise disruption is regretted.

The ADF would like to thank the local residents and businesses for their continued support and cooperation during this important training.

Date of Publication: 
Friday, 1 February, 2019
Lead paragraph: 
Up to five Black Hawk helicopters will fly over the Sydney, Mudgee, Newcastle, Bega, Wollongong and Canberra regions during the period 04 Feb – 15 Mar 19 as part of a training course. The training will ensure pilots and aircrew are well trained for flying in all conditions across urban and rural areas. Flights will occur during the afternoon and evening, generally concluding by 11.30 pm. Some flight paths may be low and as a consequence, unavoidable noise may be noticeable for short periods. Residents should not be concerned if they hear or see these activities occurring.
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