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RAF Shawbury asks horse riders to 'Be Seen, Be Safer'
14th May 2020

 Be Seen, Be Safer

As the weather improves and people are enjoying more exercise, whilst following the Government’s guidelines, our aircrew have reported an increase in the number of horse riders who are out an about enjoying the beautiful Shropshire countryside.

If you are a horse rider, please have a look at the attached poster and go to our website to download a leaflet on the Be Seen, Be Safer campaign. Wearing high visibility kit really does make a difference to our aircrew, who will be able to see you earlier and minimise disturbance to you and your horse.  With our helicopters travelling at speeds of up to 120 kts (130+ mph) at low level it can be very difficult to spot a horse and rider, despite the very best lookout. This is because horses and dark coloured clothing tend to blend into the background. Against a wood line, a cropped field or a stone wall, for example, it can be almost impossible to see the rider until the aircraft is less than a few hundred metres away. By wearing an item of high visibility clothing or quarter sheet, the rider can give the pilot a far greater chance of seeing them.

https://www.raf.mod.uk/our-organisation/stations/raf-shawbury/flying-info/

Thank you for your support and happy riding!

 

Kim L Leach BA Hons, PGCE, CIPR Dip, MCIPR, CIPR Accredited PR Practitioner

Squadron Leader

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