Squadrons relocate to allow for revamp

RAF Cranwell EMN-150213-145205001
RAF Cranwell EMN-150213-145205001

Two Squadrons based at Royal Air Force Barkston Heath have temporarily relocated to RAF College Cranwell to allow for improvements to their facilities.

674 Sqn Army Air Corps and 703 Naval Air Squadron currently provide elementary flying training to the pilots of the British Army and Royal Navy using the Grob Tutor 115E aircraft.

They will be fully operational at RAF College Cranwell while the Elementary Flying Training Complex is handed over to contractors for renovation.

The move is required to allow improvements to the existing infrastructure.

This will then facilitate the arrival of the new Military Flying Training System to RAF Barkston Heath in two years’ time.

The training system will provide elementary flying training to all three services with the new Grob 120TP aircraft.

A spokesman for the RAF said the system would use the most modern flying training techniques in the world.

RAF Barkston Heath will remain open while the renovations are in progress and flying to and from the site will continue as usual.

The airfield will be used to practice virtual circuits.

It will also provide a so-called relief landing ground, for aircraft based at RAF Cranwell.

RAF Barkston Heath is now also the home of the RAF Cranwell Flying Club, which 
will continue to use the airfield.

People living in the area are advised that the total amount of flying activity will be broadly similar to existing levels, spokesman for the Royal Air Force said.

“Local residents will see little change,” he added.