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).
Planned military flying times at Keevil airfield are published on RAF Brize Norton – CLICK 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.
47 Regiment Royal Artillery Watchkeeper RPAS activity
January 2022: AIRSPACE CHANGE PROPOSAL ACP-2021-006 STAGE 2 ENGAGEMENT LETTER
The next stage of airspace change consultation to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operation of Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) from Keevil Airfield into the Salisbury Plain Danger Areas is underway.
- Engagement document from the Ministry of Defence: Annex A – Stakeholder Design Options Feedback Form
- Feedback form: ACP-2021-006 Stage 2A Options Development
This Airspace Change Proposal (ACP), in accordance with Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) 1616, is now at Stage 2 and feedback is being sought from new and existing stakeholders on the Design Options of various airspace structures.
In order to ensure that the ACP adheres to the timeline agreed with the CAA during Stage 1A the deadline for feedback on the Design Options is Wednesday 2nd February 2022. Following the Stage 2 Gateway stakeholders will get further opportunities to comment on this ACP during the 3-month consultation period later this year.
All documents relating to the ACP so far can be found on the CAA Airspace Change Portal. The ACP number is ACP2021-006.
October 2021: AIRSPACE CHANGE PROPOSAL ACP-2021-006 STAGE 1 ENGAGEMENT LETTER
Following successful trials during the spring and summer of 2021, 47 Regt RA are now seeking a more permanent Airspace Change to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Operations of Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) from Keevil Airfield: details in the stakeholder engagement letter here: ACP-2021-006 Airspace Users Engagement Letter – STAGE 1b
This is the first of seven stages, and is purely to consider the five high-level draft design principles – feedback on the wider proposals will come later in the process once greater detail has been developed. Documents, details and timeline of the Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) are available on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Airspace Change Portal: the ACP ID is ACP-2021-006.
The deadline for feedback on the Design Principles is Friday 19th November.
Motorsports 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
- Fri 22 July
- Fri 9 September
- Fri 30 September
- Fri 21 October
- Fri 18 November
- Fri 2 December
Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) newsletter
September 2018: Static Display of Aircraft on Keevil Airfield
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