Flightradar 24

What are the bars on the Voyager behind the front doors and in front of the rearmost? Looks like a standard A330 doesn’t have them, and other A330MRTTs do have them. They’ve been perpetuated in the repaint.

Here’s a NATO one with them.

 
What are the bars on the Voyager behind the front doors and in front of the rearmost? Looks like a standard A330 doesn’t have them, and other A330MRTTs do have them. They’ve been perpetuated in the repaint.

Here’s a NATO one with them.

DASS
 
What are the bars on the Voyager behind the front doors and in front of the rearmost? Looks like a standard A330 doesn’t have them, and other A330MRTTs do have them. They’ve been perpetuated in the repaint.

Here’s a NATO one with them.

Station keeping lights for NVG formation flying.
 
Been closely following the M20 all the way through Kent at 4000ft and now 3000ft over Dartford.

e2a looks like he's stopped at Biggin Hill.

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Ritch

LE
It's good to see the skies above the UK a lot busier than they have been of late.

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Ritch

LE
How long is it going to be before it comes back and bites us on the arse and puts us back to clear skys again.
I don't know but I'm hoping that doesn't happen- for @Toastie 's sake and the wider aviation industry.
 
How long is it going to be before it comes back and bites us on the arse and puts us back to clear skys again.
Regrettably I share your concerns. Sensible measures are in place. All we need now is some sensible people to abide by them.

I don't know but I'm hoping that doesn't happen- for @Toastie 's sake and the wider aviation industry.
Thanks. I appreciate that very much.

Still no news on any redundancies etc but they are assessing the situation. I’m quietly confident but as above, all it needs is people to become blasé about it all. I don’t believe for one moment that the various hotspots around the country are unconnected with the social demographic local to those areas. There are plenty more.

Back to aviation, our lot have the first tranche of flights ramping up and the pilots to fly them returning. Was told yesterday that another batch will return imminently to be geared up for a pretty much instant response to a increase in flying, I suspect off the back of yesterday’s binning of the unworkable quarantine rules which is a big leap forwards. I’m not yet involved as The Sex Jet Fleet doesn’t feature much in the currently planned programme but that could change overnight as a fair few of our long haul destinations featured on yesterday’s list. Mexico didn’t which is a shame (not).
 
Trying to mitigate any negative publicity over the £900k repaint, and showing it doing a "proper" job ?! ;) .

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Published by: Steven McKenzie, BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter, 03 July 2020

Boris Johnson's rebranded RAF jet in Russian plane alert.

A plane used by Boris Johnson and the royal family has supported fighter jets in a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) incident off north west Scotland.


The Voyager was rebranded with the Union flag to "better represent" the UK abroad at a cost of £900,000 last month, sparking a political row.

The aircraft has a military role in refuelling jets while in the air.

It was scrambled along with RAF Lossiemouth Typhoons to intercept Russian military aircraft.

The Russian planes remained in international airspace and turned away as they approached what is known as the UK Flight Information Region, north west of the Western Isles.

The RAF said an interception was not needed and the Voyager returned to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and the Typhoon crews to their station in Moray.

The Voyager is used by the prime minister and members of the royal family for international travel.

Last month, Downing Street said the rebranding of the aircraft represented "value for money" and that all of the work was being done in the UK.

But opposition parties were critical, saying the money would be better spent on helping the victims of coronavirus.

QRA incidents can occur several times a year and have done since the early days of Cold War tensions. They involve RAF jets being scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft approaching UK airspace.

In April, the RAF's Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston, condemned his Russian counterpart after two maritime patrol planes were intercepted north-east of Scotland while the UK was still under strict lockdown restrictions.

RAF Typhoon fighters were deployed from Lossiemouth as the Russian Tu-142 "Bear-F" aircraft approached.

The Russian aircraft stayed in international airspace over the Norwegian Sea and the North Sea.

However, the RAF said they were flying within the UK's "area of interest".

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RAF QRA scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft heading towards UK airspace, as has happened thousands of times since WW2. RAF refueller scrambled to refuel the QRA, as has happened thousands of times since WW2. What the story should be is how much is being saved by scrapping the Royal Flight fixed wing aircraft and utilising a dual purpose airframe.
 
RAF QRA scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft heading towards UK airspace, as has happened thousands of times since WW2. RAF refueller scrambled to refuel the QRA, as has happened thousands of times since WW2. What the story should be is how much is being saved by scrapping the Royal Flight fixed wing aircraft and utilising a dual purpose airframe.
It‘s a BBC report ergo facts don’t fit the narrative of the evil Tory Gauleiter swanning round the world meeting his capitalist henchmen in his personalised jet whilst the Royals lounge around eating sparrows’ tongues in aspic when rickets is endemic in Hackney and heating their palaces by burning the unemployed.
 

FHA

LE
Regrettably I share your concerns. Sensible measures are in place. All we need now is some sensible people to abide by them.



Thanks. I appreciate that very much.

Still no news on any redundancies etc but they are assessing the situation. I’m quietly confident but as above, all it needs is people to become blasé about it all. I don’t believe for one moment that the various hotspots around the country are unconnected with the social demographic local to those areas. There are plenty more.

Back to aviation, our lot have the first tranche of flights ramping up and the pilots to fly them returning. Was told yesterday that another batch will return imminently to be geared up for a pretty much instant response to a increase in flying, I suspect off the back of yesterday’s binning of the unworkable quarantine rules which is a big leap forwards. I’m not yet involved as The Sex Jet Fleet doesn’t feature much in the currently planned programme but that could change overnight as a fair few of our long haul destinations featured on yesterday’s list. Mexico didn’t which is a shame (not).


What I suspect is your outfit, was my first job when I left the mob nearly 21 years ago. Back then it had a more “patriotic” name and livery.
Parked up at my base is the last 75 we took delivery of. Stopped me in my tracks: I remember it practically new. I still use the type rating to this day (or did....)
Happy days, good company. Very few left like it now.
Waiting for the hammer to fall here and it’s not looking good.
Best of luck.


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Ritch

LE
@irlsgt - regarding the dislike, you don't agree its good to see the struggling aviation professionals getting back to business?
 
The U.K. doesn’t have covid under control as is
This is not the Covid thread, but you may not be right there. Other countries have successfully applied suppression measures, but that approach only works if a vaccine or cure is on the horizon. Otherwise regulated flow is the way ahead.

'Control' is probably not the word your looking for, as the UK may well have achieved that better than all other European countries. Only time will tell which strategy is/was better.

Back on thread: I live on the approach tracks for Duss and Weeze (Ex RAF Laarbruch), depending on which way the wind is blowing, and we have not noticed any significant uptick in air traffic.
 

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