RAF Northolt – a defence
I HAVE noticed some letters of complaint you have published recently regarding aircraft activity at Northolt Airfield.
I have lived at my present address, which is close to the aircraft flight path, for over 50 years, so I feel I have the right to respond to those critics by quoting a few facts.
The airfield was in existence long before these complainants would have moved into their homes.
The existence of Northolt airfield protects the air space in this area from being subjected to overflying by the noisier and bigger jets using Heathrow. The use of Northolt by private aircraft provides income to the Government which can be beneficial in helping to keep down costs for the Taxpayer.
Aircraft landing and taking off are required to conform to a designated flight path and any unauthorised deviation from the flight path could be the subject of investigation. Even with current use by private aircraft, overall the number of aircraft movements per day is very small and at night and weekends it is negligible.
The loud roar of aircraft ‘taking off ’ lasts for about 15 seconds at any one location.
Many people, myself included, enjoy the sight of aircraft flying nearby but perhaps I am prejudiced having once held a pilot’s licence.
So let’s stop moaning and be proud to have Northolt Airfield and the RAF with us in Hillingdon.
Follow in the footsteps of 38-year-old Acton youth worker Stephen Hutchinson by taking on the NSPCC 60 minute challenge. West Londoners are asked to join a stampede of runners and see how far you can run in an hour while raising money for the children’s charity at Lee Valley Velopark, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, on Sunday, October 4.
A one-mile circuit will be created specially through the Olympic Park with the challenge of completing as many laps as possible in 60 minutes. There are two time slots available; 10am for hardcore
runners aged 15 and over, and at 11.30am for a family friendly run.
The NSPCC is getting very excited about this event which they stress is not about who is the best but about being the best you can be. Participants get a free running vest, a training plan, distance chip technology and a medal at the end.
All adults are asked to pledge to raise £150. Entering the event costs £20 for adults, £70 for four people and £5 for anyone under 18.
Register at www.nspcc.org.uk/60 email email@example.com.