Mid Wales

Low flying jet exercises over mid Wales in September

A Tornado GR4 flying over Sennybridge in Powys
Image caption A Tornado GR4 flying over Sennybridge in Powys

Military aircraft will be flying low over parts of mid Wales during September, it has been announced.

The Wales Tactical Training Area (TTA) will be used by the RAF, Army and Royal Navy for low level training flights as low as 100ft (30.5m) at specific times.

The TTA ranges from Machynlleth in the north, west to Lampeter, south of Llandovery, to Newtown in the east.

Squadron leader Albie Fox said: "This area is vital to the training of our pilots."

He added: "We are usually only allowed to fly down to 250ft (76.2m) MSD (minimum safe distance) but our aircrews are often required to fly much lower than this on operations.

"We do realise that it would not be viable to operate down to 100ft (30.5m) all day every day so the TTA is usually only active for one hour per day from Monday to Friday".

Although the timetable has been set out in advance and publicised, Mr Fox said aircraft may not be flying low for the full hour.

"Fast jets can travel up to 517mph and therefore would cover the length of the TTA very quickly," he added.

"There may then not be any further requirement to return to the area once exited."

Other aircraft can still fly during the hours specified but no lower than 500ft (152.4m) MSD.

This timetable can be seen on the RAF's community relations in Wales website, Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Activity times will also be posted on Twitter daily.

In July 2010 Elfyn Llwyd, the Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, called on the Ministry of Defence to stop low flying training over rural Wales, claiming the practice was damaging the hearing of local residents.

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