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Northern NSW : Autumn 2012
RAAF Base Williamtown - strong links to Service - Operationally... The Air Traffic Control Centre at RAAF Base Williamtown is responsible for the safe and orderly flow of aircraft into and out of its airspace which extends to 25 nautical miles. As well as coordinating its own Hawks, Hornets, Wedgetails and Pilatus PC 9/A Trainers, the RAAF controllers of 453 Squadron Williamtown Flight ensure the safety of all commercial aircraft and the Service’s EMS Helicopters. Air traffic at Williamtown is approximately 50% military and 50% civilian with up to 3,500 movements a month. The tower operates for 16 hours per day 7 days per week and has a team of nearly 50 personnel. The team includes the technical workforce that maintains the equipment and 27 specialist In the Control Tower at RAAF Williamtown from left FLGOFF Michael Jones-Evans, SQNLDR Adrian Buckley. FLTLT John Houghton, FLTLT Greg Sorensen Joint Battlefield Airspace Control (JBAC) personnel. These JBAC staff are formally trained Air Traffic Controllers with additional training in Battlefield roles; 25% of JBACs currently at Williamtown are female. Radar, radio contact and visual sighting are all used to create a comprehensive situational awareness of air traffic at various altitudes. The on-duty pilot at the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Broadmeadow seeks clearance from RAAF Air Traffic Control if they are flying north of the Hunter River. Because the majority of these ‘missions’ are medical emergencies they are given a priority status - Med 1, and space is provided between aircraft for the route planned by the Service’s pilot. Recruitment and training to be a RAAF Joint Battlefield Airspace Control is done through two channels. Firstly through the Australian Defence Force Academy which then forms part of officer training and secondly through direct entry enlistment and selection. The minimum education requirements include Higher School Certificate and HSC English as the pre-requisites. For more information about RAAF go to www.airforce.gov.au . Information about civilian air traffic control can be found at www. airservicesaustralia.com.au Page 12 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ser vice - Rescue Autumn 2012
Winter 2012 redo