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Red Arrows to train in low-level flight over Nottinghamshire

The Red Arrows will be low-level winter flight training over new Nottinghamshire airspace following the closure of RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

The CAA has granted a temporary Airspace change over RAF Syerston from 9 January to 17 April 2023.

This will be for the purpose of enabling the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team to practice low-flying training, owing to the closure of their previous operating base at RAF Scampton.

The display team, which is now based at nearby RAF Waddington, will be seen in the skies over RAF Syerston in Nottinghamshire from 9 January 2023.

RAF Syerston is home to 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS) and houses both the headquarters and the RAF Central Gliding School, which provides formal training courses for members of the Volunteer Gliding Squadrons (VGS) located at various other locations around the UK.

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RAF Syerston has four satellite airfields at RAF Kenley, RAF Kirknewton, RAF Little Rissington and RAF Topcliffe, from which it operates the Viking T Mk 1 glider and Robin DR400 aerotow aircraft.

A temporary airspace change has been granted by the CAA until 17 April.

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A spokesperson for RAF Waddington said:

“The purpose of this period is to inform all stakeholders, including the general public, of the CAA’s (Civil Aviation Authority) decision.

“This also provides an opportunity for feedback from stakeholders which will then be collated and analysed by RAF Waddington then sent on to the CAA to help determine the effects on the local areas.”

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in 2018 that RAF Scampton, near Lincoln, would be closed as part of cost-saving measures.

RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire and RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire were both considered as potential new locations for the team, but RAF Waddington was identified as the best location.
The MoD is also exploring alternative airspaces for training use in Lincolnshire.

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