Chinook Low Flying

Low Flying

UK Low Flying System

The UK Military Low Flying System (UKLFS) covers the open airspace of the whole of the UK and surrounding overseas areas from the surface to 2,000 feet above ground or mean sea level.

MOD policy is that the whole of the UK is open to low flying by military aircraft in order to spread any possible disturbance as widely and equitably as possible.There is a continuing need for aircrew to train regularly at low level. Low flying is a highly perishable skill which can only be maintained through rigorous training and continuous practice in a realistic environment.

Low Flying Training

Outside exclusion zones, it is inevitable that people living in less populated areas will see some low flying training. The MOD takes the issue of safe low flying extremely seriously and understands that military low flying can be noisy and unpopular but it is an essential part of operational training. The MOD is constantly striving to ensure that such disturbance is kept to an absolute minimum and that the burden of noise pollution is as evenly distributed as possible throughout the UK Low Flying System as a whole. All flying complaints are treated seriously, while we have a responsibility to ensure that military aircrews are fully trained and prepared for operational duty, we continue to do all we can to minimise disturbance to the public.

In order to ensure that military low flying is as accountable to the public as possible the MOD provides the Low Flying Complaints Enquiry Unit, located at RAF Wittering, which allows the public to report low flying incidents which have raised concern.

For more information about military aircraft low flying in the UK please click here.

For more information regarding Low Flying Activity, please email the RAF Odiham Engagements Officer at

Night Low Flying

Realistic training at night* is essential to ensure aircrew are proficient in the necessary skills and to exploit our technological edge.

The amount of night low flying remains proportional to the operational requirement.

Careful consideration goes into the timing of night low flying, however it is not always possible to avoid some disturbance to those on the ground.

*Night begins at half an hour after dark falls and lasts until half an hour before dawn.

Additional Information

If you wish to read an independent review on the reasons for Low Flying at RAF Odiham, please go to the following links:

Basingstoke Gazette: The Gazette investigate noise complaints at RAF Odiham
Basingstoke Gazette: The Gazette learns about why RAF Odiham has to fly over Basingstoke

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