Low Flying

Low Flying and Aircraft Noise

Please take the time to read through the information below.

From time to time the station and surrounding area will experience increased noise levels due to training taking place over our airfield or in the local vicinity. We apologise for any distress you may experience as a result of this aircraft activity.

We endeavour to maximise the number of personnel on these trips in an attempt to minimise the number of sorties required. Where possible, military aircraft will train in simulators or fly over the sea or open fields, however this is not always possible or appropriate. There are occasions when training over the sea or vast areas of open landscape would be unrepresentative and of limited value. Some training must be undertaken to ensure that the appropriate training is undertaken before military personnel deploy on operations.

Night sorties are an essential part of training for all aircrew but particularly the flight deck crew as they ensure that they have the opportunity to hone their skills in a particular environment when there are different visual reference and inputs from the more routine daytime events. This helps to maintain the safety of the crews and the aircraft through continued practice.

The Ministry of Defence(MOD) takes its responsibilities to the general public very seriously indeed and seeks to maintain an appropriate balance between training requirements and the impact on local communities, but would be failing in its duty if it did not ensure that aircrews were fully competent in a wide rangeof flying skills before they deployed on operations.

Low Flying and Aircraft Noise Complaints

We apologise for any distress you may experience as a result of our aircraft activity. If you wish to draw your difficulty with low flying or aircraft noise to our attention, please contact the following:

For complaints during normal working hours (Monday to Friday, 0800 – 1700) please contact RAF Waddington Operations on 01522 727301

Out with regular working hours contact the Ministry of Defence Operator or email using the MoD using the form below

Flying Complaint Form

You can also write to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) at:

Low FLying Complaints and Enquiries Unit
RAF Wittering

Or telephone/fax your complaint to the MoD

Telephone: 01780 417558


e-mail: CAS-lowflying@mod.uk

Horse Riders and Livestock Owners

A new freephone advisory service for enquiring about low flying military helicopter activity has been introduced. The number to call is 0800 515544 during normal working hours (Monday to Friday, 0800 – 1700). During British Summertime this line will be open untill 2000.

You can find out more by following this link

Military Helicopter Low Flying Safety - A Guide for Riders

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