30th Sep 2009, 15:40
Hi all, for a while now we've been enjoying various aircraft orbiting nice and low, just to the west of Godalming, Surrey.
Chipmunk, Cub and I think a Stampe recently, amongst others.
All very interesting, keep it up. Just wondering why though? Is there a VRP, a navigation exercise? or something else?
30th Sep 2009, 16:01
Don't know if anything special is on. Could be they're just orbiting waiting for Farnborough Radar to offer an entry back into Fairoaks. If yes, they'd then route NE to Ockham. Rgds, Neil
1st Oct 2009, 07:47
There have been a few Royal flights into and out of Farnborough recently. For a fixed time whether the a/c is in the vicinity or not, a 10 mile swath of airspace around Farnborough is closed down to us mere mortals,bit like a third world Rulers reception.
It is almost impossible to get into Fairoaks and difficulties at Blackbushe
while the Notam is active.
Probably the aircraft affected by the airspace closure you are seeing orbiting. Bit like African countries and Russia!
No criticism of the great people at Farnborough ATC they are only following the Rules
1st Oct 2009, 09:38
Cessnapete you're talking absolute rubbish. Farnborough ATC and CAA(DAP) have developed robust procedures to enable penetration of CAS(T) when it is force around Farnborough so this airspace is not 'closed' to 'mere mortals'. Likewise there are procedures to enable pilots to operate in/out of both Fairoaks and Blackbushe. I suggest you contact one or other of these airfields to find out what these procedures are.
Of course, you must be able to effect 2-way communication with Farnbrorough in order to get clearance through the CAS(T), so it's just possble the aircraft mentioned were non-radio and had read their NOTAMs before takeoff.