Low flying remains an essential skill for military aircrew. UK forces have deployed repeatedly to potential trouble spots around the world usually with little or no warning. They have to undertake a variety of roles including reconnaissance, fast-jet or helicopter operations, search and rescue, transporting troops or the delivery of humanitarian aid to remote locations. Whatever missions we ask our Armed Forces to undertake the aircrew must be able to fulfil the task as effectively as possible, often without time for "work-up" training. Current Operations around the world see aircrew of both fixed and rotary wing aircraft undertaking operations at low level. They are only able to do this through specialist training gained through the use of the UK Low Flying System.
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Low Flying in Northumberland
Low Flying Area (LFA) 12 covers Northumberland, Durham and northeast North Yorkshire. Although there are no major flying stations located there, service establishments include the Army Field Training Centre at Otterburn, Albermarle Barracks at Ouston and the RAF air defence radar sites at Boulmer (which also houses a RAF Search and Rescue helicopter detachment) and Brunton. It has approximately 6,012 sq km (2,321 sq mls) of airspace available for low flying training, some 3.4% of the total usable area of the UK Low Flying System.
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