Usual caveats, but there should be a formation of helicopters flying over Central London on Friday afternoon.

No official information as to why, but the locations involved suggest a military link and possibly the US Ambassador’s residence in Regents Park – not hugely surprising as the US President is visiting next week for the NATO summit, and helicopters feature heavily in the security and transport during a US State visit.

The first flypast departs RAF Northolt in north-west London at 3:20pm to Regents Park 20 minutes later then heading up to Stanstead Airport, and back again to Regents Park for just after 5pm.

The formal air traffic warning is below:

EGTT/QWVLW/IV/M/W/000/025/5142N00006W017FORMATION TRANSIT OF UP TO 9 MIXED-TYPE HEL WILL ROUTE:
513309N 0002500W RAF NORTHOLT (EGWU) 1520
513200N 0000942W REGENTS PARK 1540
514041N 0002613W VCY WATFORD 1600
513817N 0000111W BANBURY RESERVOIR 1605
515303N 0001404E LONDON STANSTED (EGSS) 1637
513200N 0000942W REGENTS PARK 1710
513309N 0002500W RAF NORTHOLT (EGWU) 1712
FORMATION PLANS TO TRANSIT AT SFC-2000FT AGL. TIMINGS, HGT AND ROUTE
ARE APRX AND MAY CHANGE DUE TO WX OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS.
2019-11-0658/AS2

LOWER: Surface
UPPER: 2,500 Feet AMSL
FROM: 29 Nov 2019 15:00 GMT
TO: 29 Nov 2019 17:30 GMT

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3 comments on “Helicopters over Central London on Friday
  1. Sina Bahrami says:

    Yepp, that’s the US president alright. Going to the US embassy residence in Regents.

    • ianvisits says:

      Unless you work for the security services, you would have no way of knowing that for certain.

      All we can do is infer it.

  2. JP says:

    Well, you promised us some choppers and they certainly came through. Missed yesterday’s but today (Sat. pm) it certainly looked like fun to be chucking them into imaginary hairpin corners in the sky over west London. Even the Chinook was giving the Wildcats? Bells? a run for their money. I know it was more serious than an airshow but I was willing one of them to halt, hover and dip its nose to the crowd.

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