RAF Brize Norton

Low flying

Low flying is an essential skill for aircrew and must be practised in order to fulfil the tasks demanded by current operations.

RAF Brize Norton Control Zone
RAF Brize Norton Control Zone


If you wish to make a complaint about activity within the RAF Brize Norton Control Zone (pictured above) please use the following details below to register a complaint, please be aware that flying complaints are responded to within 20 working days.

Phone us: on 01993 896500

Email us at: BZN-OpsWg-FlyingComplaints@mod.gov.uk

Write to us: Low Flying Complaints, Operations Wing, RAF Brize Norton, Carterton, OX18 3LX

To make a complaint, send the following information:

  • your name
  • full address and postcode
  • telephone number
  • date and time of the problem
  • location of the problem
  • type of aircraft, if known
  • a brief description of your complaint

If you wish to make a complaint about activity outside of the RAF Brize Norton Control Zone, contact the Ministry of Defence Low Flying Complaints and Enquiries team:

Email: SWK-lowflying@mod.gov.uk

Phone: 01780 417558

It is available from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm. Outside these hours an answerphone service is provided. 

For further information about Low Flying please visit - https://www.gov.uk/low-flying-in-your-area

Drone flying

Operators flying drones near any military airfield must ensure they are aware of the UK policy for their safe operation. The Drone Code forms part of the Civil Aviation Authority's advice and guidance to drone operators which can be found on their website.

Night flying

RAF Brize Norton operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in support of UK foreign policy and NATO commitments worldwide.

In order to meet our obligation, we have a wide-ranging infrastructure, which ensures our aircrew are trained to the highest standards. Inevitably, the maintenance of such high standards requires that we fly our aircraft in the local area, and further afield, in daylight hours, and at night.

Nevertheless, we strive to ensure that noise is kept to a minimum, especially in the quiet hours.

Viewing area

There are no official viewing areas in the vicinity of RAF Brize Norton.

Scheduled Local Training Sorties

The Scheduled Local Training Sorties documents, for RAF Brize Norton (pdf), JADTEU (pdf), Keevil (pdf), Little Rissington (pdf), Abingdon, and Weston on the Green (pdf) are updated regularly and made available for your convenience.

Please note RAF Brize Norton is an operational airfield. While we are committed to minimising disturbance and informing the local community there are times when, due to operational, security or engineering reasons, we are unable to give prior notice of airfield activity outside of normal working hours, however, we strive to keep this to a minimum.

Defence Aerodrome Manual

The Defence Aerodrome Manual (DAM) contains accurate aerodrome data for RAF Brize Norton.  All airfield users, both military and civilian, are to ensure they are familiar with the relevant sections of the DAM prior to operating at RAF Brize Norton.  For further information regarding the DAM and its contents, please contact Station Operations at BZN-OpsWg-VisitorOps@mod.gov.uk.


All personnel requiring to drive or cycle on the airfield must complete training and gain an Airfield Access Permit, which is checked at the airfield entry points. For the initial issue of this permit, proof of colour perception from an optician must be provided. Training is delivered in the SBF, unless otherwise signposted, as follows:

  • Tier 1 (MT Route) & Tier 2 (all areas) each Mon and Wed at 0930
  • Tier 3 (Base Hangar to JADTEU HQ) on a Wed at 1030

All driving, cycling or walking on the airfield must be completed in accordance with the Orders for Airfield Access . If you have any questions, please contact Air Traffic Control on 01993 897785.

RAF Brize Norton Control Zone

A guide to transiting through and around Controlled Airspace:

The RAF Brize Norton Control Zone document.

Information for Visiting Aircraft

Visitor Operations

Tel: : +44 (0)1993 89 5315

Email: BZN-OpsWg-VisitorOps@mod.gov.uk

Visitor Operations Normal Working Hours: Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00.

Airfield Operating Hours: 24/7, 365.

Please Note:

PPR requests are to be made a minimum of 48hrs in advance (passenger and cargo flights must PPR 72hrs in advance).

Parking and Landing Fees with effect from 1st July 2019

Airspace Change Proposal


RAF Brize Norton has submitted its proposal to amend the airspace arrangements around the Station to the CAA for consideration.

The dimensions of the Airspace surrounding RAF Brize Norton have been in place for over 40 years with very few adjustments.  With the change of aircraft types now using the aerodrome, coupled with changes to the criteria used to design the existing air traffic procedures, the current airspace design has become less appropriate for arrival and departure profiles. RAF Brize Norton has been working for several years on a proposal to alter the airspace to enhance the safety of station based aircraft and other airspace users operating in the local area.  In the spring of 2018 we consulted on a proposal to increase the size of the Control Zone and add additional Class D Control Areas to provide connectivity with the UK airways network.  RAF Brize Norton reflected on the responses received during the consultation and sought to develop alternative measures that would still meet the aims of the Airspace Change Proposal project.  Several design reviews were undertaken and updated designs were presented at a series of stakeholder engagement events with key airspace users and local community groups. 

The final proposed airspace incorporates a mix of Class D airspace for the Control Zone and the airspace directly abutting Class A airspace in the airways structure. In addition, some of the proposed Control Areas, particularly the airspace below 6,000 ft amsl, will become Class E, with the addition of an element of conspicuity, provided by either a radio call or by aircraft displaying a transponder code.  This allows traffic information to be passed to RAF Brize Norton aircraft and other users within the airspace. 

The RAF Brize Norton Airspace Change Proposal has been driven by a requirement to enhance safety for aircraft joining and leaving Controlled Airspace, and operating in the vicinity of the station.  Throughout the process, RAF Brize Norton has sought to strike a balance between its own requirements and those of its neighbours.  We believe that active engagement with key stakeholders has led to a final design that demonstrates the desire to find some common ground that will lead to a workable solution.

The CAA decision process will take a minimum of 17 weeks to complete. 

Further details and the full submission document can be found at:


Squadron Leader Dan Gill

Senior Air Traffic Control Officer

RAF Brize Norton

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Airspace Change Proposal Consultation Feedback Report is Now Live

RAF Brize Norton is pleased to announce that the Airspace Change Proposal Consultation Feedback Report is now available. 

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the Public Consultation; the information gleaned from the responses has been invaluable in better understanding wider concerns.  While the majority of responses objected to the proposed design, the feedback responses have provided invaluable constructive suggestions, which we have examined closely to determine how we may modify the airspace design to better meet the needs of the General Aviation community to safeguard both their safety and ours.

The airspace surrounding RAF Brize Norton has changed little over the last 40 years despite the evolving needs and changing characteristics of the modern fleets of aircraft that are now in use.  Flight safety for all is our top priority and despite a number of initiatives to the way we do business under continual improvement principles, including reducing approach speeds, flying club engagement and the first military aerodrome to introduce a listening Squawk, the need for change remained.

A study was conducted in 2011 to fully understand what measures could be undertaken to reduce the risk of a mid-air collision in uncontrolled airspace around RAF Brize Norton to as low as reasonably practical.  The risk was high, therefore, something had to be done to safeguard everyone concerned.

It was decided that a change to the design of the controlled airspace surrounding RAF Brize Norton was needed, not just to cater for the needs of the modern aircraft fleets but also to connect us to the UK’s airways network.  We also needed to plan for the future, so we also embraced the European directive to develop Global Navigation Satellite System guided procedures.

The impact of such changes on both the General Aviation and non-aviation communities has remained foremost in our planning assumptions.  Our highest priority is safety for all.  We understand the impact of increasing the volume of controlled airspace on the General Aviation community.  This proposed airspace aims to provide an additional layer to ensure the risk of a mid-air collision in uncontrolled airspace around RAF Brize Norton is reduced to as low as reasonably practical for all users of the airspace.  Consequently, we remain committed to facilitating access to all airspace users via our Zone Crossing Service.  By doing so, pilots can also benefit from the increased safety that a known traffic environment provides. 

If, however, pilots wish to route around the Brize Norton Control Zone, we aim to minimise any choke points.  We strongly believe that alongside crossing the zone there are many options to route around the zone in a safe and expedient manner.  These airspace users have over the years continued to enjoy the benefits of the increase in volume of uncontrolled airspace in the local area, created when the MOD handed back the Controlled Airspace that surrounded RAF Lyneham, the airspace above RAF Hullavington, RAF Upper Heyford and RAF Abingdon, freeing up previous choke points and offering additional and varied routes for General Aviators around and through Brize Norton’s airspace.

The Brize Norton Airspace Change Proposal is not driven by an intention to increase civilian movements.  We have, and we continue to have, exceptional working relationships with local aerodromes, such as Gloucester Staverton, Kemble Cotswold and Oxford Airports, adding value to their operations, by providing radar services to their arrivals and departure customers in addition to doing everything we can to assist them in their own safety initiatives.

Regardless of the outcome of our proposal to the CAA, RAF Brize Norton remains committed to engaging with the local community and building on the relationships we have with local aerodromes, flying clubs and the wider General Aviation community.  Together, we can keep the airspace above Oxfordshire safe and available for the enjoyment of everyone.

The Airspace Change Proposal Consultation Feedback Report


Thank you to everyone who participated in the RAF Brize Norton Airspace Change Consultation Process, the consultation closed on the 5 Apr 2018.  There will now be a period of review and internal discussions, prior to the Consultation Report being released.  Please revisit this page regularly for further updates.

The RAF Brize Norton Airspace Change Consultation Document can be accessed through the following link: Download the RAF Brize Norton ACP Consultation Document (PDF, 3MB)

Details on how to submit any responses can be found on page 41 of the document. RAF Brize Norton will be holding a number of Public Consultation Events, details of which will be advertised on this web page in the New Year.

The London Oxford Airport Airspace Change is a separate proposal, their Consultation Document can be found on the London Oxford Airport website:



It has been brought to our attention that the labelling for the proposed CTAs 9 and 10 within Figure 8 and Figure 9 is inconsistent. Therefore please note the following corrections:

Figure 8: The labels for CTAs 9 and 10 should be transposed.

The correct vertical limits within Table 2 should read:

CTA 9 3,500 ft to 7,000 ft

CTA 10 5,000 ft to FL 125

Figure 9 is labelled correctly.

The full document will be updated in due course.

Thank you for taking the time to review our Consultation Document. Some respondents have commented that the images appear to be stretched and have found them difficult to interpret. This was clearly not the intent, as we have provided accurate geo-referenced images of our proposal. However, we have managed to reproduce the images to provide a ‘flatter’ image of the proposal, which some consultees may find useful. We have also included an update to Table 2 from the document which provides the associated vertical limits of the proposed airspace areas.

Whilst the information provided within the images in the original consultation document were accurate, we recognise that these new images may be easier for some stakeholders to interpret. Therefore, we will extend the consultation period by a period of 2 weeks meaning that the consultation period will close on Thursday 5th April 2018. The separate consultation for London Oxford Airport will also extend by the same period to run concurrently with the RAF Brize Norton consultation.

We recommend that stakeholders visit this web page regularly to be sure to receive any updated information.

OS Map (PSA)


Table 2 Details of Vertical Limits of Proposed Airspace

Revised Table PSA
Airspace Area Name Vertical Values
CTR 1 Surface to 6,000 ft
CTR 2 Surface to FL 105
OX CTR 2 Surface to 6,000 ft
CTA 1 2,000 ft to 6,000 ft
CTA 2 2,300 ft to 6,000 ft
CTA 3 3,500 ft to FL 105
CTA 4 4,500 ft to FL 105
CTA 5 1,800 ft to FL 105
CTA 6 1,800 ft to 6,000 ft
CTA 7 1,800 ft to FL 125
CTA 8 2,300 ft to 6,000 ft
CTA 9 3,500 ft to 7,000 ft
CTA 10 5,000 ft to FL 125
Table 2 Details of Vertical Limits of Proposed Airspace



‘A 21st Century military strategic airbase employing modern infrastructure, technology and systems enabled by a collaborative team of valued individuals to enable UK Defence Operations’


Following the relocation of the Hercules Force from RAF Lyneham as part of Project CATARA, Programme FUTURE BRIZE sought to address the broader issues surrounding the collocation of the Air Mobility Force at RAF Brize Norton (BZN).  Granted a broader, transformational, remit in 2013, it was renamed Programme GATEWAY (PGW).  PGW delivered some £270M cashable savings, a further £80M of cash avoidance measures and over 100 Mil manpower savings.  In 2018 to reflect the new priorities of AOC 2Gp the Programme was renamed Programme Future Airport (PFA).


The intent is to undertake baselining activity to understand what would be required to ensure that the BZN Airport of Embarkation (APOE) is resourced and configured to support the most demanding of contingent or emerging operations.  This would inform future decision making on what capability developments should be taken forward by PFA in order to develop a blueprint to take forward.  This will be underpinned in the short term by the RAF Brize Norton Support Contract 2020 (BSC20), a replacement mechanism for the BZN Initial Airport Services Contract (IASC) designed to release 172 Mil and 142 CS liabilities and maintain continuity of service until a suitable replacement is developed.  BSC20 will replace the multi-activity contract due to end 30 Nov 20.

Programme Delivery

To develop a 21st Century military strategic airbase PFA is currently generating momentum with stakeholders, baselined BZN activity, output, resource and costs, the cost drivers and the capability gap between BZN’s capabilities and the MOD Demand Signal.  The outcome of this analysis will determine projects and processes required to improve the current state to reach the desired future state, having taken leading practice from industry benchmarks.  Once this blueprint has been approved and resourced by senior stakeholders, it may be taken to the market/industry with an appropriate commercial vehicle to be determined in due course.

For further information, contact the team via tel. 01993 895970

The 25m Range

This information is now available on the 'Environmental Information' page.

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