The Ministry of Defence (MOD) carries out low flying for training across the UK - contact them to find out more or request a temporary stop.

Low flying isn’t allowed in areas around airports, or towns and cities with populations of more than 10,000.

Contact the MOD for information about low flying military aircraft in your area.

MOD Low Level Advisory Service
0800 51 55 44
Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (November to March)
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm (April to October)
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The operational low flying training timetable

The UK is divided into 20 separate low flying areas (LFAs).

3 of these areas are also known as Tactical Training Areas (TTAs). These are in:

  • central Wales
  • northern Scotland
  • the borders area of southern Scotland and northern England

The MOD publishes a monthly timetable for the low flying TTAs.

Fixed wing aircraft can fly as low as 100 feet in TTAs, although larger aircraft such as the C-130 Hercules are only permitted to fly as low as 150 feet.

Complain about low flying

Send your complaint to the MOD and include as much information as possible, eg times and location.

Ministry of Defence Air Staff
Complaints and Enquiries Unit
Low Flying Operations Squadron
RAF Wittering
Peterborough
PE8 6HB

Telephone: 0845 600 7580
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Low flying information for Wales

RAF Community Relations Officer for Wales
Squadron Leader Albie Fox
The Barracks
Brecon
Powys
LD3 7EA

Low flying information for Northern Ireland

G9 Policy
HQ 38 (Irish) Bde and Northern Ireland Garrison
Thiepval Barracks
British Forces Post Office 825

Request low flying to be temporarily stopped in your area

You can apply to have low flying stopped temporarily in your area, eg when you’re holding an event.

The Ministry of Defence can grant these requests if they don’t significantly disturb the low flying training.

When applying, make sure you include the:

Send your request by email or post.

Low Flying Complaints & Enquiries Unit
RAF Wittering
Peterborough
PE8 6HB

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