Penarth residents are complaining about large military helicopters overflying Penarth at low level in the early morning and late at night.
Three large machines – including a twin-rotor Chinook – overflew the sea front at low level this morning just before dawn – following a similar route to flights earlier this week on Tuesday and at around midnight last night .
This morning’s overflight sparked a response on Twitter .
However not everyone is against the flights.
Local aviation enthusiasts said they enjoy seeing the big military machines close-to and say its essential that pilots and crews carry out training for the tasks they have to undertake on behalf of the country – including large-scale NATO exercises.
A major NATO operation called Exercise Chameleon is s currently under way at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire this week.
The purpose of the exercise is to train Special Air Service teams in HALO – the so-called “high altitude low opening” techniques for jumping from aircraft – which involve deferring pulling the rip-cord until the last possible moment . The exercise is also using helicopters to train SAS members in abseiling from helicopters