Preparations are beginning around Rockhampton Airport for the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2017, which is scheduled to take place around the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) from Thursday 31 August to Saturday 14 October.
As usual, there will be a significant deployment and redeployment of personnel and equipment taking place before, during and after the Exercise through Rockhampton Airport. This will be highlighted by multiple visits by the giant Antonov AN-124 cargo jet with two inbound flights already being rumoured to be touching down as early as next week!
There will also be several heavy jet passenger charter flights with information suggesting that these will be operated by as many as three commercial airlines bringing twin-engine and four-engine aircraft to Rockhampton Airport as various times during the Exercise period.
Recently released AirServices Australia and Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) documents indicate that Exercise Wallaby 2017 will see the participation of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft and military helicopters including Boeing CH-47SD Chinooks, Boeing AH-64D Apache and Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS332M Super Puma helicopters which will operate from both Rockhampton Airport and from within the Exercise area.
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