Safe landings

YOUR correspondent Keith Hinge, who wrote to complain about the noise caused by the aircraft at Wyton, is mistaken on a number of points. Although there is a very small flying club based on the airfield, the vast majority of air activity is by the RAF Gr

YOUR correspondent Keith Hinge, who wrote to complain about the noise caused by the aircraft at Wyton, is mistaken on a number of points.

Although there is a very small flying club based on the airfield, the vast majority of air activity is by the RAF Grob Tutors which are based there. They are not, as he describes it, flying round in circles, but conducting circuit training, which teaches new pilots the fundamental skills required to land an aircraft safely. This is not something that can be learned overnight, but which requires endless practice at the early stages.

There are three elementary flying training establishments for the RAF in this country, one of which is at Wyton, providing such training for the front-line pilots of the future. Wyton is therefore, by definition, an operational base.

While I sympathise with him to an extent, I am always a little surprised to hear people complain about aircraft noise having moved to an area with an active airfield on the doorstep, as was the case when he moved there 30 years ago.


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STUART SMITH, St Ives Road, Houghton

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