Black Hawk choppers return to Goulburn

TRAINING DRILLS: A Black Hawk helicopter conducting counterterrorism training in Sydney. Photo by SIMONE DE PEAK.UP to five Australian Army Black Hawk helicopters will be conducting night time flying over the former Kenmore Hospital and the surrounding area on Thursday, June 21, as part of periodic training exercises.
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These exercises ensure aircrews are proficient at flying around urban, suburban and rural environments, and waterways, in all conditions, the Defence Dept said. Flights will occur during the afternoon and evening, normally not later than 11pm.

Officer Commanding 171 Aviation Squadron, Major Matthew Williams, said the training had been designed to have as little impact on residents as possible but some noise would be noticeable.

“Residents in the immediate vicinity of the training location will be notified by letter drop,” Major Williams said.

“People living in surrounding areas will experience some noise as the helicopters travel to and from training locations. Army appreciates the media’s assistance in helping let people know about this activity.

“I would like to take this opportunity to assure residents that all safety measures have been taken into consideration in the planning and conduct of this training. Local authorities have been consulted, and the NSW Police Force has been briefed on the training.

“Finally I would like to thank the Goulburn community for its support of Army.” The choppers flew over Goulburn last week for a similar exercise.

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