Update to RAF Night Flying 29/04/10

The following was received from the RAF as an update to a previous notification, please direct any questions or comments to the appropriate persons at RAF Brize Norton. Contact details are below:

Ladies & Gents,

Following my earlier e-mail, timings will be from 21.30 until 22.30 local. Please note that the aim of this training is for 2 captains and 2 co-pilots and therefore it’s aimed to be 4 trips within the timeframe involved. Twilight is expected at 20.06 and therefore the reason for a later start.

As mentioned this training has been heavily scrutinised by OC Ops and exceptionally approved.


Ladies & Gents,

Pls note that I have just been informed that tonight’s flying HAS BEEN CANCELLED and will now take place on Thursday with Friday as a reserve date.

Thank you for your continued patience!!


Previous news item to which this update relates…

Ladies & Gents,

I am writing to give you advance notification of essential night training to be carried out by our crews.

The aircraft in question will be a VC10, and the crew will be conducting Night Visual Circuit training, which involves flying in a circuit over the airfield and surrounding areas, landing and taking off several times over a possible period of 2-3 hours. This training is required as part of a course qualifying new pilots and is an operational requirement. The aircraft will be operating at a height of between 2500 ft down to 1500 ft and would only be flown lower than this during approach and take off.

The training is scheduled for tonight due to the recent flying restrictions.

Because of the acknowledged noise impact of this training, each flight is carefully scrutinised and has to be authorised by the Officer in Command of Operations Wing.

We are sensitive to local opinion and in fulfilling our operational and training commitments we try to reduce any disturbance to the minimum.  However, Royal Air Force Brize Norton is the largest operational base in the RAF and it is inevitable that some noise from our activities will encroach into the local areas.

I do apologise to you for any disturbance you may experience and I hope that you are not troubled too frequently by our activities.

Kind regards,

Ana Dick

Deputy Media & Communications Officer

RAF Brize Norton

Tel: 01993 897779

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