The ADF has submitted its final public report on F/A-18F Super Hornet flying operations at RAAF Base Amberley to the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts for assessment.
The report was compiled with community consultation in the Ipswich and surrounding areas and sets out the rules for operation of the Super Hornets in and around the Amberley area after the aircraft start arriving in late March so as to keep noise disruption to a minimum.
“In response to concerns about aircraft noise, Defence will increase the height that Super Hornets will transit to and from training areas off the coast of Brisbane to reduce the impacts over the western suburbs,” Defence Science and Personnel Minister, Greg Combet said in a statement. “To lessen the impact of night-time activities on the suburbs surrounding RAAF Base Amberley, Defence has placed further planning restrictions on night operations. Night flying will be planned to end by 11pm, with no continuous circuits after 10pm.”
The findings of the report will be reviewed in late 2012 once all Super Hornets have been delivered and a full operational capability (FOC) has been achieved.
A full copy of the final report is available at http://www.superhornet.com.au