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Even allowing for media hype, this is not really a matter for levity. A large ac heading for your high-rise office block must be disconcerting, to say the least. I understand the RAF took it very seriously.
Good to hear that the people working really hard at the DVLA, not gazing out of the windows all day looking for stray aircraft!!
And I thought that they were only interested in penalising the people who re tax their vehicles albeit a little late (two weeks due to holls) to the sum of eighty pounds! Hope it shook them up good and proper!
Pontius Navigator - Do tell where in Lincolnshire 100ft is allowed (assuming you dont actually live on a runway or one of the danger areas). In any case the 250ft has to be with prior authorisation does it not?
1. If the RAF had a higher public profile, your average office worker might recognise a C130 as a military a/c and therefore cheer rather than cower under the desk.
2. The MoD seems incredibly nervous about upsetting other govt departments at the moment - if no rules were broken why apologise? (Maybe still feeling guilty for wasting so much money on procurement projects )
3. The DVLA are a right royal pain in the a** so, french connection UK the c u next tuesdays!
I'm not sure why you would expect DVLA workers to be spotters and I wonder how good they or any other average member of the public would be at recognising a C130 head-on and possibly in silhouette.
Swansea, as a Town with a population of more than 10,000, is a town avoidance (see www.mod.uk/issues/lowflying), so, presumably, it would be unusual to see a military transport ac flying there below 2000ft. If the DVLA building is, say 300 ft high, and the ac was '400 yards' (okay, make that 800 yards) from the building, then one could assume the ac was flying well below 2000ft, within the town avoidance. If the crew really were avoiding weather, fair enough, but I think an apology was in order, in the circs.
I doubt slagging-off DVLA helps the cause of the aircrew involved. It might give people the wrong idea.