Map and paperwork used in Flight ops planning

Flight operations

Flight Operations (Ops) is responsible for all aviation planning and coordination during the year. During the winter months, the Ops staff liaise with the engineers, air traffic control and the aircrew to ensure the daily flying programme runs smoothly. For the busy summer season, the Aircrew Planning Officer maps all the routes between displays and flypasts. The Ops corporals, Sue Rettie and Rachael Trimble, ensure all the low flying bookings, flight plans and diversions are booked, while the Ops Officer books the jets into the airfields, ensuring there is fuel and support on the ground for the team. Before heading overseas, Ops ensure all diplomatic clearances are granted and host nation facilities meet the team’s requirements.

Aircrew Planning Officer - Squadron Leader David Platt

David Platt portrait shot next to Red Arrow plane Dave, originally from Lancashire, was posted to Tornado F3 after navigator training.

Following Tactical Weapons training he joined XI(F)Sqn, taking part in Operation Desert Shield. He also took part in Operation Deny Flight over Bosnia and several detachments to the Falkland Islands.

Dave, a graduate of the GD Aerosystems Course, commanded the Tornado F3 software team during the second Gulf War, then crossed to the Professional Aviator Spine in 2004.

After a final flying tour on 25(F)Sqn, Dave did trials and development work on the Typhoon. He returned to the RAF as a Full Time Reservist with the Red Arrows in June 2013.

Dave lives with his wife Sally, and two children, Oliver and Bethany.

Flight Operations Officer - Flight Lieutenant Adam Youle

2017 Ops Officer Adam is a flight operations officer who has primarily worked in fast jet operations and flight safety but has some experience working in the ISTAR field.

After graduating from Initial Officer Training in 2008, he undertook flight operations training. His first operational assignment was at RAF Waddington in 2010 employed within Station Operations. In 2011 he completed his first overseas assignment to the Falkland Islands working in the Joint Operation Centre.

Returning to the UK, Adam was assigned to 6 Sqn, as the Sqn Operations Officer at RAF Leuchars. This tour saw him deploy on exercise to Al Dafra AB in the UAE on Ex ATLC in 2012, in the same year, based at Doha International Airport, he was part of the Qatari sales bid of Typhoon.

In 2013 Adam was posted to HQ 1 Gp as SO3 A3/A5 Tasking, arranging Static and Flying displays, close air support and AAR priorities for 1 Gp. In Jan 2014, he returned to the Falkland Islands, this time to act as the Station Air Safety Manager.

In Feb 2015, he was posted to RAF Valley as the Station Flight Safety Officer, responsible to OC Ops Wg and the Stn Cdr for providing Air Safety assurance and managing all air safety occurences.

Adam was posted to the RAF Aerobatics Team the Red Arrows in May 2016.

He is married to Ellie and has two Labradors. His interests include Kayaking, skiing and gliding.

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