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Winter Training

Postby C24 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:49 am

:thumbs: :thumb: :clap:


Time to don your warm clothing and head for RAF Scampton. Only a few weeks before the Team depart for the Med. or Greece.

Here's one prepared earlier:

ImageC24_8938-copy-ed1 by Charlie, on Flickr



Taken after a full nine ship work out, the Boss breaks to land on runway 22R.
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Re: Winter Training

Postby Mike87 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:16 pm

Will they be flying every day (mon-fri) assuming the weather permits? I want to get down the road to Scampton to photograph them but it will mean taking time off work and I don't want to book a day off and then turn up on a day they might not be flying :(

cheers guys
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Re: Winter Training

Postby C24 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:06 pm

Hi Mike87

If they haven't changed from the published scheme shown on their w/site & the normal procedures of previous years, the first sortie is around 0830, about 30mins flying and then others go for the second, etc. Generally five sorties a day, each weekday.
No guarantee of course. If you are a FaceTwit, you would get better updates than me who relies upon the w/site. It will be slightly awkward for you having to book time off and then the weather closes in.
Best of luck, well worth the risk if the weather is good. I've had several years of excellent flying from them at this time of the year.
Hope this helps :)
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Re: Winter Training

Postby MRTT » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:17 pm

Anyone know when they head off to Greece?
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Re: Winter Training

Postby Mike87 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:45 am

Thank you C24 that's really helpful, I have been a couple of times to watch at scampton and taken some decent photos, although I'm still relatively new to the game, and this year I have some better kit so looking forward to getting out there! Have been to coningsby a few times too, although it seems a lot less predictable there haha! Thanks again for the advice :)
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Re: Winter Training

Postby martmpf » Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:54 am

In previous years the Red's published in advance the planned daily training schedule (time, duration, number of aircraft), for the next week.
I haven't seen these this year.
Does anybody know if they are still doing this if so, where I may find it?
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Re: Winter Training

Postby plmc135 » Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:07 am

Try the following, but it shows last practice as on 27/01, but weather may have messed things up since.

http://www.raf.mod.uk/reds/displays/201 ... aining.cfm
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Re: Winter Training

Postby EGXWinfo Group » Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:41 am

It's a bit of a long story but I will try and give you the ride run down. At the beginning of the 2016 Airshow season the Reds decided to ban publication of practice times and requested that the Facebook Groups delete any discussions about practice times which they agreed to. The reasons given to the Facebook Admins were:

1) People standing on the centreline while aircraft were approaching
2) Local landowners being unhappy about spotters on or near to their land
3) Abuse of the viewing area (I don't know anything about this one)

We decided to publish In Season Practice times on our website anyway (long list of reasons) but when it came to winter training we hoped they might start publishing again. So far there have only been times posted twice, the first time times were put on the website on a Friday for the day before (Thursday) which didn't help anyone, but then they did put times up one Wednesday in good time (it's the ones still on there now)

We don't know why they have only put up times twice and can only speculate. To be fair bad weather means times since then we're always going to be impacted so I would like to see what happens on the next good day. We also published the times for that Wednesday on social media to tie up the callsigns etc but were holding off again to see what they do.

Other than their website and ours I am not aware of anywhere else to get times from and across the airfield any mention of times are banned so i am lead to believe.
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Re: Winter Training

Postby martmpf » Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:48 am

Thanks for that very comprehensive explanation.

The decision from the beginning of the 2016 show season presumably covered ISP's during the season and for the first time now covers winter training.

Thanks again.

PS: Correction on my part. I thought I saw the ISP times last your on your site! But didn't know this was despite ban.
Seems closed shop is effective for this winter.
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Re: Winter Training

Postby C24 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:30 am

If it is any help. In the absence of any published info, my plan for this practice season will be to look for a day with clear weather, drive to airfield. They will be flying between three to five sorties a day to get up to speed.
That was the plan when I first made the trips and it worked. A scanner was useful but not necessary. In the spots when the Reds are reviewing there is/are quite often one or two KingAirs from RAF Cranwell making approaches. The HHA aircraft have been known to sneak in too! ;)
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