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UAS Colerne

Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:00 pm
by serviauk
Can someone confirm if the Bristol UAS based at Colerne has been disbanded and/or moved ?

MTIA Mike

Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:17 pm
by MRTT
Believe they're still operating from Colerne, was a Tutor on Virtual Radar on Sunday.

Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:20 pm
by Cessna954
I believe that they recently (February?) vacated Colerne and are now based at Boscombe Down. However, they are using their usual allocated blocks for general handling and hence why are flying in the general vicinity of Colerne still.

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Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:44 am
by serviauk
Thx chaps .. that explains it. I'm hearing GA traffic on the VHF frequency but not the Grobs. Guessing it won't be long before it closes

Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:24 am
by MRTT
Thanks for clarifying that Cessna,
. A

Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:35 am
by Firefighter
It is only a temporary move whilst their hangar is undergoing asbestos removal, the other Army occupied hangars are undergoing the same treatment.

Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:48 pm
by Cessna954
Thanks Firefighter, I didn't know that.


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Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:56 pm
by gadwall58
When I was at Colerne in 1993 the UAS hangar was quarantined because asbestos had been found on the Bulldogs.

Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:38 pm
by Firefighter
It has been 'cleaned' no end of times, but they have always seem to find asbestos again. Surely the cleaners should have cleaned it properly in the first place.

Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:08 pm
by Firefighter
Heard last week that staff had been officially told that Colerne Airfield is now closing by 18 April 2018 :grr: , and there seems to be no hope of the Tutors ever returning, BUAS will not disband as they will be found a new base to operate from :S . Airfield accepting civilian traffic to stay current.

Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:48 pm
by MRTT
Great shame, not many airfields left in Wiltshire! Wouldn't surprise me if UBAS moved down to Boscombe.

Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:36 pm
by Firefighter
Boscombe is not one of the preferred options, a stop gap base has been bandied about until a more permanent home can be found.

Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:08 pm
by Cessna954
Keevil - limited facilities
Netheravon- grass runways
Upavon - grass runways
Hullavington - sold to Dyson
Yeovilton - could co-locate with 727NAS
Merryfield - earmarked for the Hullavington CGS so a possibility

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Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:06 pm
by jambon46
Speaking to one of their pilots at RIAT, he said they had looked at over, 20 sites but Kemble seemed the best option. They have ATC, fire cover and other OPS staff at Colerne, when they move to Kemble they will only need to provide one Met watch person, so you would imagine a saving in costs depending on what Kemble are charging for rent.

Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:06 am
by Firefighter
The OC, QFI's, ATC and admin staff are RAF/MOD and there's not many of them, but every one else is employed by Babcock, so not much of a money saving move. Any financial saving by the selling of the airfield could be swallowed up by Kembles demands, and they could be made homeless again by the proposed threat of the future selling of Kemble for housing.

Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:43 pm
by Firefighter
'RAF Colerne Airfield, Wiltshire was due to close 2018, now delayed until 2025 Updated disposal date following detailed work to assess the optimum laydown required to support operational capability'. What does this all mean,BUAS to return from Boscombe!, meanwhile there is a staff shortage caused by the previous threat of closure.

Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:17 pm
by Ghost from above
My guess it's something to do with the skynet satellite ground station and clear field of view over the airfield. This is land earmarked for housing.

Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:02 pm
by Firefighter
U1213/19: Colerne: Aerodrome closed
Q) EGTT/QFALC/IV/NBO/A/000/999/5126N00217W005
AERODROME UNAVAILABLE FOR ANY AIRCRAFT MOVEMENTS
FROM: 22 Mar 2019 08:00 GMT TO: 20 Jun 2019 22:59 GMT (23:59 BST)
Air Traffic and Fire Services have been withdrawn.

Re: UAS Colerne

Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:40 am
by serviauk
So I wont delete the Colerne frequency out of my scanner just yet !