Mach loop Junkies part 2

Hello everyone,

I am going to post some info for all you mach loop fans for the dates of MAY If you are interested in any more info please let me know.

The table below sets out the timetable for use of the three Tactical Training Areas (TTA) used for operational low flying training by fast jets and Hercules transport aircraft. Operational low flying is an essential skill and is practised by fixed wing aircraft between 100ft and 250ft; a more representative altitude at which pilots would fly in a combat scenario. The final decision to use a TTA is taken on the day itself as this kind of training can only take place when weather conditions allow. While it is likely some of the slots will not be used, no additional times will be added to those already booked.

When a TTA is active, routine low flying by other military users can take place between 500ft and 2000ft. When the TTA is not in use standard low flying training is permitted down to 250ft and helicopters down to ground level. Late spring and summer are the busiest times for low flying as squadrons make full use of good weather to carry out their training.

The three TTA are:

LFA 7(T) - Central Wales LFA 14(T) - Northern Scotland LFA 20(T) - the borders area of Southern Scotland and Northern England



LFA 7 (T) LFA 14 (T) LFA 20 (T)

Monday1200 - 13001100 – 1200 1500 - 1600 1100 - 1200

Tuesday1200 - 13001100 - 12001100 – 1200 1300 - 1400

Wednesday1100 - 12001000 – 1100 1200 - 1300 1200 - 1300

Thursday1100 - 12001200 - 13001100 – 1200 1200 - 1300

Friday1100 - 12001000 – 1100 1200 - 13001000 – 1100 1500 - 1600

I hope this helps it is very difficult to predict the times of the planes and wether they will fly at all depends on a number of factors


I have been emailed some pics from one of my guests who comes regularly from Belguim to watch & take great pics of the planes. The pics he sent me are from last year I hope you enjoy them.




Here you can see the guys hanging out on the mountain waiting for the planes to come through.


Here is one of the many planes that come through the mach loop.