A thundering fleet of Black Hawk helicopters have made plenty of noise over Macarthur this week.
Five Black Hawk helicopters have been conducting flights across the region as part of an Australian Defence Force training exercise.
The training, which began on February 5, will be conducted across parts of Sydney, Canberra and Orange.
The Black Hawk helicopters have generated plenty of discussion on social media this week.
Several Advertiser readers submitted photos and video of the Black Hawks in action on Monday (see example below).
The helicopter training also attracted plenty of reaction on Facebook, including the following comments:
Kerrie Betts: They look and sound amazing. A big thank you to our Aussie soldiers. Keep up the training x.
Drew Harrison: Fly every night. Mean machines and sound awesome at the dead of the night.
Katrina Clark: Live right near there, very loud but didn’t bother us or 3 sleeping kids. All to protect us all worth a little noise.
Grant Turton: Nothing like the sound of a Blackhawk, just love Aviation been in the Industry for 35 years can’t get enough of it.
Trisha Isabel: Yes we heard, for over 6 hours. Couldn’t they do it in an unpopulated area?
Danette Pendleton: I certainly heard them - live right near the stadium where was the notice?? Usually I get one but not this time and certainly not about them landing there.
Melissa Janet Martinez: Yes, we ALL heard them!! Lol bloody things were so loud.
Sarah-Jayne Molina: They were so loud. But apparently they sent out warning letters.
The Black Hawk training exercises will continue until March 8.
An ADF spokesperson said flights would take place during afternoons and evenings.
The spokesperson said residents should not be concerned if they heard or saw the Black Hawk helicopters.
“Some flight paths may be low and unavoidable noise may be noticeable for short periods,” they said.
The spokesperson said training was being conducted to ensure the ADF maintained the highest level of preparation.
“The ADF acknowledges that these activities may result in possible disturbances to local residents,” they said.
“Wherever possible, the ADF seeks to minimise this disruption.”
It is not the first time that Black Hawk training has been conducted over Macarthur, with a similar exercise taking place about 12 months ago.