Private air display for Lossiemouth – but warning of road closures

A WARNING OF DISRUPTION around RAF Lossiemouth this weekend has been issued as the base prepares for its annual Families and Friends Day.

The private event on the base on Saturday given the military and civilian personnel who work on the base an opportunity to relax together.

Entertainment and activities for visitors will run from 11am until 4pm and will include a static aircraft display – and special airborne displays by fixed wing aircraft and helicopters from around 12.45pm until 3.15pm.

The air display will include the RAF’s single Typhoon display aircraft will be performing a display of its agility and power at around 3pm. The annual event is being organised by Squadron Leader Barry Robertson, who is keen to ensure that as well as providing entertainment for Station personnel and their families, the local community are not inconvenienced by the event.

He said: “Our Families Days are a really great opportunity for our whole Station to get together and relax. The past 24 months have been especially busy for us, so this is a rare opportunity for our families and friends to also see some of the work we are doing to support operations overseas and provide QRA 24/7.

“I want to reassure all of our neighbours and anyone visiting the area that safety is our primary consideration. Our experienced Display Director has carried out an appropriate and thorough risk assessment for the display.”

In line with Civil Aviation Authority advice to minimise third parties within the display area during the display, the following roads will be closed between 2.45pm and 3.30pm.

The B9135, Drainie Road, Covesea Road, and the unnamed road between Drainie Road and the B9040. There will also be temporary traffic restriction orders on these roads and the B9040 between 6am and 5pm.

The area enclosed by these roads will be within the designated Typhoon display area and it is recommended by the Civil Aviation Authority that members of the public do not watch flying displays from within a display area.

Drone operators are reminded that there are restrictions on operating them within an Air Traffic Zone, and operating them within the display area during the flying display would be highly dangerous and potentially illegal. Any risk to the safety of the display crew, spectators and members of the public will result in the display being cancelled.

Notices will be in place in areas where members of the public are encouraged not to congregate – doing so may result in the cancellation of the flying display.