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chopper2004 17th Jan 2020 10:40

LHR flights diverted at request of RAF
 
One is not sure how much to read into this , canít imagine another drone incident.

https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/17/fligh...pace-12074521/

Mil-26Man 17th Jan 2020 11:20


Originally Posted by chopper2004 (Post 10665277)
One is not sure how much to read into this , canít imagine another drone incident.

https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/17/fligh...pace-12074521/

From the MoD:


Cerney218 17th Jan 2020 11:47

Lhr flights diverted at request of RAF
 
Isn't Northolt helicopters only at the moment?

R T Jones 17th Jan 2020 11:56

I happened to look at plane finder this morning and couldn't work out why there was no aircraft on approach or departure and the 4 holds were full of aircraft. Thought maybe it was a runway change but when I saw the diverts I thought perhaps not. Interesting but I'm sure we'll never find out the real reason why!

Capt Scribble 17th Jan 2020 11:59

Has Harry legged it at short notice!

cessnapete 17th Jan 2020 12:02

Maybe minor delays to MOD, but at a cost of many £££££ to the airlines. Mass holding, Long Haul aircraft diverted, and great disruption to passengers.

MPN11 17th Jan 2020 12:37

Nothing to do with an Islander, I assume? ;)

Davef68 17th Jan 2020 13:15


Originally Posted by MPN11 (Post 10665357)
Nothing to do with an Islander, I assume? ;)

Only if visiting from Aldergrove. The Northolt ones have gone (or have they ? :-))

beardy 17th Jan 2020 13:17

If you want some pictures of the Islander, you can find them here:

Islander at RAF Northolt

But it's not there is it

Fortissimo 17th Jan 2020 13:19


Originally Posted by cessnapete (Post 10665333)
Maybe minor delays to MOD, but at a cost of many £££££ to the airlines. Mass holding, Long Haul aircraft diverted, and great disruption to passengers.

But not as great a disruption as from a major security incident. This was clearly an operational sortie for which we don't need to know the details, but it would be reasonable to assume that it was being done for a good reason (the public benefit) rather than simply to annoy LHR.

pr00ne 17th Jan 2020 13:45

The Northolt Islanders were replaced by civilian Piper NavajoĎs some years ago, as referenced here on Pprune several times.

dmcg 17th Jan 2020 13:58

Piper Navajos replaced by Islanders.

Buster the Bear 17th Jan 2020 14:01


Originally Posted by dmcg (Post 10665392)
Piper Navajos replaced by Islanders.

Islanders are back, albeit civilian.

LBIA 17th Jan 2020 14:05

One of the RAF'S BAe 146's, ZE707 flew into LBA earlier this morning routing direct from RAF Northolt, Did this cause a problem on departure?

UltraFan 17th Jan 2020 14:35


Originally Posted by Fortissimo (Post 10665378)
But not as great a disruption as from a major security incident. This was clearly an operational sortie for which we don't need to know the details, but it would be reasonable to assume that it was being done for a good reason (the public benefit) rather than simply to annoy LHR.

Must've found WMDs in Iraq. Had to dispatch Mr. Henry Mountbatten to investigate.

chevvron 17th Jan 2020 16:38


Originally Posted by Cerney218 (Post 10665320)
Isn't Northolt helicopters only at the moment?

Nah, runway re-opened in Nov.

nohold 17th Jan 2020 17:45

Not that it has anything to do with the actual thread...

The Northolt runway was open for based assets from October, visitors were allowed in a little later.

KPax 17th Jan 2020 18:00

All 3 of RAF Northolt Station Flight ac BN-2T Islander CC2s have been disposed of recently, following their replacement by civilian-contracted aircraft. The change has not been publicly announced, no doubt due to the clandestine nature of the intelligence-gathering operations of these aircraft. Their role is now being carried out by two Piper PA-31-310 Navajo Cs, G- G-SCMR and G-SCTR, operated by from the same Northolt Station Flight hangar as the Islanders by 2Excel Aviation Scimitar business unit Both aircraft are fitted with an under-nose FLIR turret, but details of their other role-specific equipment are unknown.
All on Google.

dmcg 17th Jan 2020 18:25

Don’t believe Google. That information is out of date.


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