Flying Programme

Planned military flying times at Keevil airfield are published on RAF Brize NortonCLICK HERE for Flying Info and scroll to the bottom of the page for LOCAL SCHEDULED TRAINING SORTIES where you can download a PDF of the latest schedule for Keevil.

Military training will take place at Keevil Airfield between 19 and 23 September 2022. Please be aware that throughout the week there will be rotary flying each night which is operationally essential to conduct.

Crews will endeavour to minimise impact to local residents, however, there will be increased aerial activity during the week. Local residents may wish to close windows to minimise noise disruption.

47 Regiment Royal Artillery Watchkeeper RPAS activity

June 2022: KEEVIL AIRFIELD AIRSPACE CHANGE PROPOSAL ACP-2021-006 CONSULTATION

The consultation period for the MOD Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) that is seeking to enable the Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLoS) operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft from Keevil Airfield has now begun and will last for 3 months, with the closing date on Wednesday 24th August.

Details of airspace design options can be found online on Citizen Space. This portal includes all documentation for Stage 3 of the airspace change process as well as an online feedback form allowing both individuals and organisations to provide feedback on the proposal.

Citizen Space will be the primary method of responding to the airspace options presented. However, should anyone require hard copies of any of the documentation please send an email to 47RA-Project-LOVERIDGE@mod.gov.uk with a postal address, and printed copies will be provided. Additionally, hard copies of all consultation material will be provided at all physical events.

Whilst feedback must be submitted directly on Citizen Space in the first instance, stakeholders may also provide feedback by completing Annex A on page 25 of the Consultation document and submitting in the following ways:

  • Electronically via email: 47RA-Project-LOVERIDGE@mod.gov.uk
  • Hard copies via post to: FAO Project LOVERIDGE lead; Regimental Operations Officer, 47th Regiment Royal Artillery,  Horne Barracks, LARKHILL, Wiltshire, SP4 8QE
Consultation Events

A number of events are scheduled to take place throughout the consultation period; there will also be an extra briefing at the Keevil Parish Council Meeting on 4th July, commencing at 7pmif Keevil parishioners have any specific details regarding the proposals they would like to hear about, please email the Clerk in advance on clerkkeevilpc@gmail.com.

Further details can be found on Citizen Space.

ACP ROADSHOWS: Friday 17th June & Tuesday 19th July

  • at Steeple Ashton Village Hall, Church Street BA14 6EW
  • 13:00 to 17:00
  • Open to all stakeholders. No prior booking required.

ACP OPEN DAY: Wednesday 29th June

  • at 47th Regiment Royal Artillery, Horne Barracks, Larkhill SP4 8QE
  • 10:00 to 14:00
  • Numbers for this event are limited to 60 and are on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wish to attend please email 47RA-Project-LOVERIDGE@mod.gov.uk.

ACP VIRTUAL BRIEFS: Wednesday 15th June, Tuesday 28th June & Thursday 21st July

  • Online via Microsoft Teams
  • 15th June at 14:00
  • 28th June & 21st July at 18:30
  • Links to the meeting can be found on Citizen Space.
  • There is no requirement to pre-book for attendance on a virtual meeting

If you have any additional questions or know of any individuals or organisations who would benefit from being included in this consultation please email 47RA-Project-LOVERIDGE@mod.gov.uk.

The Project LOVERIDGE team: Capt R D Goodman RA Project LOVERIDGE lead | 47th Regiment Royal Artillery | Horne Barracks | LARKHILL Wiltshire | SP4 8QE

More about Watchkeeper and 47 RA – and they have a great Facebook page

Annual Interservices Regional Gliding Competition

20th – 29th August 2022, hosted by Bannerdown Gliding Club

Motorsports Track Days

Track Days on Keevil Airfield: update

The meeting on Tuesday 5th April was attended by around 30 villagers; Paul Lenaerts reports as follows…

“Maj. Gen. Simon Hutchings made the case for holding Track days on the airfield but accepted that there was a noise issue for the village. I put the argument against motorsport on the airfield saying that the proposed programme of 11 Track days in this year was excessive and that although there was overwhelming support for military use, the concept of using the airfield for a sport that was environmentally damaging was not popular.

Rob Kevan chaired the meeting and read out 3 emails from residents who couldn’t attend, then took comments and questions from the floor.

After discussion it was agreed that the current year’s programme would be reduced by 3 events in the summer months, and that next year, early consultation would take place before any programme was finalised.

Longer term, Simon re-assured us that Army motorsport would be moving to a ‘greener’ format, and I undertook to start a campaign for the airfield to be more accessible to villagers on a controlled basis for leisure, wellbeing, and charitable purposes which were environmentally friendly.”

Paul Lenaerts | 9th April 2022

Public Meeting Tuesday 5th April 2022, 7.30pm in the village hall

Following an increase this year of motorsport activity on the airfield – to eleven events over ten months March-December – villager Paul Lenaerts sent a petition to Brize Norton, following which Major General Simon Hutchings, President of the British Army Motorsport Association (who host the Track Days) met with Paul. As a result of that discussion, it was agreed that the first two planned days would go ahead (on 8th and 25th March) and then there would be an OPEN MEETING for residents where the case for and against the Track Days would be publicly debated by Simon and Paul, chaired by Rob Kevan (who as a Parish Councillor holds the Airfield Liaison portfolio).

2022 Track Days

From time to time motorsport events have been held in the summer. The MOD have advised that in 2022 motorsports activity will take place on the Airfield on the following dates, and that activity should be complete by 17.00 hrs:

  • Tues 8 March
  • Fri 25 March
  • Fri 29 April
  • Fri 20 May
  • Fri 24 June – cancelled
  • Fri 22 July – cancelled
  • Fri 9 September – cancelled
  • Fri 30 September
  • Fri 21 October
  • Fri 18 November
  • Fri 2 December

Councillor Rob Kevan liaises with the organisers, please contact him with any queries on 07503 212965
rob@keevilpc.com

Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) newsletter

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-newsletter

September 2018: Static Display of Aircraft on Keevil Airfield

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