The following was received from the RAF at Brize Norton, please direct any questions or comments to the appropriate persons at RAF Brize Norton. Contact details are below:
Dear Sir or Madam
I am writing to give you advance notification of a further Exercise which will take place at Royal Air Force Brize Norton over the period Friday 12 November to Monday 22 November 2010.
During this period, up to eight C130 Hercules aircraft from Royal Air Force Lyneham will be operating out of Brize Norton in what is the second of three training deployments in preparation for Lyneham’s aircraft assets moving across to Brize Norton by July 2011.
It is anticipated that over the duration of the Exercise, the aircraft will be flying throughout the day and into the night, with some sorties ranging from 3 – 4 hours in duration. These sorties will include Nigh Visual Circuit Training, similar to that already carried out by our own VC10s and C-17 aircraft, with the aircraft operating at a height of between 2500 ft down to 500 ft and would only be flown lower than this during approach and take off. This training is to ensure that aircraft and crews are prepared for flying at night into airfields in Afghanistan and other dangerous areas. In addition, it will provide aircrew with an invaluable opportunity to hone the critical skills required to ensure the safety of the aircraft and those on board, when flying in warzones, in the safe environment of our home base.
I hope to be able to provide you with more detailed information regarding timings for these sorties closer to the start date of the Exercise, and if possible, during the Exercise itself. (This may not always be possible as elements of the flying programme may be affected by weather, routine maintenance and refuelling issues.)
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or my deputy Anita Jack (Tel 01993 897779).
K F ZASADA
Media and Communications Officer