Black Hawk Downs: Region to host counter terrorism training

An Australian Army Black Hawk helicopter during a training flight above Brisbane.
An Australian Army Black Hawk helicopter during a training flight above Brisbane. DAN PELED

THE skies over Toowoomba will be abuzz over the next month as Black Hawk helicopter crews undertake essential counter terrorism training.

They will include both day and night training exercises where up to five Black Hawk helicopters will fly in formation at very low levels.

Major Brenton Mellor from the 6th Aviation Regiment said the training was essential in the lead-up to the G20 Summit in Brisbane and the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

"The training will involve complex urban and rural targets," he said.

"It will have a noise impact which we are aware of and we will make it as minimal as possible.

"The training is a matter of necessity so we thank people for their patience."

Major Mellor said the training flights would take place in Toowoomba and Oakey on October 17, 18 and 28 as well as Ipswich from October 15 to 29.

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"Flights will occur during the afternoon and evening concluding about 11pm," he said. "This training is designed purely for aircrew."

Major Mellor said in some exercises the helicopters would be flying extremely low.

"We will be flying low when we are running into a predetermined target, so that could be as low as a few hundred feet," he said.


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