Low flying

The vast majority of flying from Royal Air Force Halton is for instructional purposes, mainly for serving military personnel.

If you would like to enquire/complain about a low flying aircraft you have seen in connection with RAF Halton, please contact us. If necessary, leave an unclassified message, name and contact telephone number and you will be called back as soon as practicable.

For low flying military aircraft outside the vicinity of RAF Halton, please contact the low flying complaints and enquires unit.

Visiting aircraft

Operations Flight is happy to facilitate civilian aircraft wanting to conduct a visit, however 24 hours PPR must be obtained, meaning you must make contact with us (using the details at the top of this page) at least 24 hours before you want to fly in. This is to ensure correct insurance certificates are in place. Landing fees will apply and the cost will be confirmed over the phone. 

Further information can be found in the Visiting Pilots Brief.

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

Unauthorised drone flying within a Protected Zone is prohibited. Commercial drone flights within the RAF Halton Protected Zone may be permitted; operators must contact us on 0777 152 2083 giving as much notice as possible

Viewing area

There is no official viewing area for the safe viewing of aircraft at RAF Halton.

Operations Flight

RAF Halton is home to an active military grass airfield where flying has taken place continually since 1913. The aircraft that use the airfield are light aircraft (most used for instructional purposes), microlights, gliders (both powered and non-powered) and a small number of visiting aircraft. It is also often used by other military aircraft on training exercises.

The airfield is managed by Operations Flight based at the Airfield:

Phone: 01296 65 6367 / 6666 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm)

Airfield Manager Mobile: 07771522083, available 7 days a week (October to March, 8:30am to 5pm and April to September, 8:30am to sunset + 15 minutes or 8:00pm – whichever is earlier)

Email Contact.


RAF Halton is the home of the Recruit Training Squadron (RTS), where today's Airmen and Airwomen conduct their Phase 1 training.

At the end of their training, a graduation is held, which is usually accompanied with a flypast. This is typically every other Wednesday at 1:30pm; however variances in date and time can exist.

For the latest information on flypasts, contact Operations Flight or the RAF Halton Media Office on 01296 65 6725.


Please follow this link for a list of FAQs about RAF Halton’s airfield. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (via the details at top of this page).


Defence Aerodrome Manual

The Defence Aerodrome Manual (DAM) contains accurate aerodrome data for RAF Halton.  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 Halton.  For further information regarding the DAM, contact Operations Flight above.

Defence Aerodrome Manual (DAM).

Annex A - Letter of Delegation.

Annex B - Station Safety Meeting Structure.

Annex C - Aerodrome Key Stakeholders.

Annex D - Aerodrome Operators Hazard Log.

Annex E - Formal Aerodrome Related Agreements.

Annex F - Aerodrome Waivers Exemptions and Alternative Acceptable Means of Compliance.

Annex G - Aerodrome Location and Control of Entry and Access.

Annex H - Noise Abatement.

Annex I - Temporary Obstruction Orders.

Annex J - Aerodrome Arresting System Orders.

Annex K - Manovering Area Safety and Control Orders.

Annex L - Emergency Orders and Aerodrome Crash Plan.

Annex Ma - Aerodrome Rescue and Firefighting Services and Training Orders.

Annex Mb - Halton Airfield DSA DFSR Form01 Response Area Assessment.

Annex N - Disabled Air System Removal.

Annex O - Air Traffic Control Orders and Flying Order Book.

Annex P - Aerodrome Data Reporting Procedures.

Annex Q - Aerodrome Serviceability Inspections.

Annex R - Aerodrome Technical Inspections.

Annex S - Radar Radio and Navigation Aid Maintenance Monitoring and Protection.

Annex T - Aerodrome Works Safety.

Annex U - Aerodrome Users - Vehicle and Pedestrian Control.

Annex V - FOD Prevention Orders.

Annex W - Aerodrome Wildlife Management.

Annex X - Low Visibility Operations.

Annex Y - Snow and Ice Operations.

Annex Z - Thunderstorms and Strong Wind Procedures.

Annex AA - Civil Air System Usage Term and Conditions.

Annex BB - Safeguarding Requirements - Waivers and Exemptions.

Annex CC - Electrical Ground Power Procedures.

Annex DD - Aviation Fuel Management Procedures.

Annex EE - Hazardous Materials Spillage Plan.

Annex FF - Jettison and Fuel Dumping Area.

Annex GG - Compass Swing Area.

Annex HH - Explosive Ordnance Disposal Area.

Annex II - Dangerous Goods Procedures.

Annex JJ - Hydrazine Leak.

Annex KK - Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems.


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