They were off Culdrose a few weeks back, in Portland & Plymouth ranges & the SWMDA. I was wondering if they were in a workup phase, or had new pilots who had to perfect what they do.Typhoons are up too. With the Cobham Falcons now rebranded as Draken Europe. Never seen six Falcons flying in one area at the same time.
They were off Culdrose a few weeks back, in Portland & Plymouth ranges & the SWMDA. I was wondering if they were in a workup phase, or had new pilots who had to perfect what they do.
The lighthouse helicopters (G-GLAA &G-GLAB) can be seen transiting round the UK and Ireland but by the time they are down with the ships or at the lights they are too far out and low to be picked up.
I use Flightradar to see when the helicopter is coming to pick me up in Orkney and can usually see it passing Wick if it's high enough but sometimes it doesn't show at all. Waiting at Lamb Holm International for a lift to Shetland just before Christmas there was no sign of it on FR and it was nearly an hour overdue on a half hour hop from Wick, turns out they had to turn back twice due to different doors opening in flight, not what you want to hear as you are strapping in.View attachment 554133
Storing at Muckle Flugga, a great place to be.
A bit off topic but here is a Website tour of it:
Muckle Flugga | Virtual tour generated by Panotour
It does show the heli pad, the pilots aren't that keen on the place as the wind/cliff combination makes it quite a tricky landing.
Could be. With the rebranding, they might have a few more crew to train up or they're simply taking part in a huge exercise with the Typhoons. IIRC, they act as enemy aircraft in a range of scenarios from interceptions to dogfights.
I was going on the dogfighting bit from this link;Do you work for the NLB? Sounds like an awesome job!
Will have a look later.
I am not sure the FA20 xould be a great deal of good at dogfighting being a business jet, however they are used to electronic warfare training and representing an attacking aircraft with radar. Possibly something to do with:
I would not want to sit it a business jet doing dogfighting type maneuverers, but that is not to say they cannot. I assumed they also worked with Hawks or Hunters to simulate the fast jets and missiles.