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Night Flying

Some commercial airports in Australia have legislated curfews that restrict night flying. Whilst most aircraft operations are prohibited during this period, there is still provision for the operation of emergency aircraft, military aircraft, some small jets, propeller-driven aircraft and freight movements.

Generally, flying at most RAAF bases is conducted during daylight hours with some training conducted after the sun sets. However, during military training exercises, the operational tempo can increase with flying conducted into the night and early in the morning, before sunrise. Military pilots and aircrew must practice night flying to ensure they are able to respond to any contingency, at any time.

In 2013, rising floodwaters in Queensland forced the aeromedical evacuation of a local Bundaberg hospital. Two Air Force C-130 Hercules transported over 100 patients to Brisbane hospital in response to dangerous floodwaters across Queensland.

Noise reduction is a vital consideration in planning for and conducting any night flying operations. Noise mitigation procedures will be in force during any military night flying operations.

Where possible, Air Force will notify communities around RAAF bases if there is any night flying operations. Every effort is made to minimise any inconvenience to the local community. RAAF appreciates the patience and support of communities during these essential training activities.