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TonyO
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Future Leuchars Activity

Post by TonyO » Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:58 pm

Seems the MoD is looking at providing increased fuel storage at Leuchars for an expected increase in operations.

Explainer from a MoD tender document:
Leuchars airfield operated as MOD Leuchars until 2014 when the airfield operations were downgraded, and the station was taken over by the Army. At this time the Bulk Fuel Installations on site, and all related pipelines for bulk fuel resupply, were closed and decommissioned.

There is now an appetite to increase usage of the airfield by UK military aircraft and other NATO partners both for exercises and operations, and to expand the use of commercial and business aircraft. There is a perceived demand for circa 5.5M litres of F34 (Jet A-1 + additives) per annum with possible increasing demand from commercial aircraft. Currently, F34 is currently provided from RAF Lossiemouth, decanted from the bulk fuel tanker at Lossiemouth into one of 3 MOD owned and operated fuel bowsers that then travel to the airfield at MOD Leuchars to fuel the aircraft as required.

The lack of any bulk fuel storage at MOD Leuchars currently limits the number of air movements that can be accommodated at MOD Leuchars. Innovative options/ideas are sought to improve the availability of F34 and ideally the options should be adaptive to enable fulfillment of the increasing demand from commercial aircraft. Any options would be required to operate from 07:00 to 18:00 with very occasional weekend or out of hours operations. There is a possible site for any bulk fuel infrastructure replacement.

There may be options to take over all the refuelling operations on site, to include aircraft refuelling, and suitable innovative ideas and technical options that combine all of the above may be considered. The Authority is seeking options in relation to the storage, continued operation and maintenance of bulk aviation fuel at MOD Leuchars.


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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by HighFlyer21 » Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:07 pm

Based Typhoons would be good.

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by Unknown74 » Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:10 am

Sorry to say it, always knew they made a mistake closing the RAF Base.

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by AIROPPS » Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:33 am

Definitely second that Unknown74 👍.

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by Red-Eye-Knight » Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:15 pm

I totally agree it should never have been closed seems just an utter waste of an airfield that is still operational, Fingers crossed it becomes RAF Leuchars again in the future.

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by AIROPPS » Tue Oct 27, 2020 9:18 pm

Couldn’t agree more Red-Eye-Knight .

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by Unknown74 » Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:42 am

Thank you AIROPPS & Red-Eye-Knight. I salute toy both. Good to hear that there are people who agree with me.

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by JHolden92 » Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:50 am

Unknown74 wrote:
Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:42 am
Thank you AIROPPS & Red-Eye-Knight. I salute toy both. Good to hear that there are people who agree with me.
I think 95% of us would agree!

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by Unknown74 » Wed Oct 28, 2020 11:20 am

That 95% are good people.pat on backs to all.

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by venom » Thu Oct 29, 2020 12:02 pm

believe it when i see it theres huge mod cuts ongoing

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by NGY1L » Thu Oct 29, 2020 12:51 pm

venom wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 12:02 pm
believe it when i see it theres huge mod cuts ongoing
I think that's the whole point of the RFI, to gauge interest from commercial organisations willing to come in and operate the fuel so the MOD don't have to. With that may bring other commercial opportunities.

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by Agent K » Thu Oct 29, 2020 1:06 pm

Unknown74 wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:10 am
Sorry to say it, always knew they made a mistake closing the RAF Base.
But they haven't closed the airfield, which is why the Typhoons were able to operate recently.What this seems to suggest is that they want to grow the commercial side of things and take on more temporary military detachments too. Any hopes to reopen as an RAF base with based aircrat will never come to fruition given the current RAF fleet size. However, to see a good airfield active again with a longer term future as an airfield is great to see.

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by venom » Thu Oct 29, 2020 1:32 pm

its a diversion airfeild

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by f-4 » Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:20 pm

Would make sense to close Dundee Airport and redevelop that site if a business case is required.

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by craigh2 » Thu Oct 29, 2020 5:33 pm

It would be great to see the place have a squadron back.
Working at Carmylie Memorial today and had a low pass by two Typhoon about 10.30.
More of that please!

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by AIROPPS » Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:36 pm

Typhoon showing as ZK428 Cobra 21 performed an overshoot around that time .

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by ArabJazzie » Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:24 pm

f-4 wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:20 pm
Would make sense to close Dundee Airport and redevelop that site if a business case is required.
Been hearing some interesting rumours regarding Leuchars, some good, some very bad and some that are not conducive to aircraft ops.

And why would it make sense to close Dundee Airport? And what are you putting in its place? And where are you putting all the infrastructure to handle the commercial flights that they envisage will be attracted to the airfield?

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Re: Future Leuchars Activity

Post by Unknown74 » Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:33 am

I really miss the Airshow at Leuchars but could they not hold some sort of Joint Services Show with small contributions from the RAF, Army and Navy as well as how the Airshow had stands and stalls with local produce etc, etc.

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