On Sunday 18th September 2016, I noticed the presence of persistent airplane trails over Liverpool. As is now becoming normal, I went onto the website Flightradar24 to see if I could identify the culprits. Unfortunately, I was not successful in determining who was responsible for the trails but I did notice a plane with a very strange flight path. Its journey is shown below in a screen shot from Flightradar24.
The Flightradar24 website provided information on the flight and identified the operator as RVL Aviation, which is part of the RVL Group. If you go to the RVL Group website, it says that this particular organisation is a provider of specialist aviation services. This includes aerial surveillance, which may explain the bizarre route shown above. However, in the second paragraph on the company’s website, it says the following about its activities (I have added the bolding and underlining)
“Under its EASA AOC, Type A Operating Licence and Dangerous Goods Approval, RVL Group provides services to a wide range of private and public sector clients and offers expertise in areas as diverse as aerial surveillance and survey, passenger and cargo ad hoc and long-term charter, temporary and permanent aircraft modifications for project work and aerial spraying of pollution dispersants.”
Wait a minute. Did I just read that correctly? This company has a licence to handle dangerous goods, can perform aircraft modifications and is permitted to spray pollution dispersants from its aircraft. Really? Below is their promotional video.
OK, let’s rewind here. When I originally contacted my MP, Louise Ellman, to express my concerns about aircraft spraying, she referred my query to the Department for Transport (DfT). In the letter from Mr Robert Goodwill, the minister responsible for aviation at the time, he made the following statement (detailed in my posting on 15th May 2016).
“Let me reassure [you] that the Government has no credible evidence whatsoever of the release of any matter or aerosol being ejected from aircraft in the UK, other than the normal exhaust products from aircraft”.
Amongst the FAQs by the DfT on this subject, the following was provided (detailed in my posting on 18th July 2016).
“Are Department for Transport aware of Chemtrails?
In the UK the Department is not aware of any other matter or aerosol being ejected from aircraft (known as chemtrails), other than the normal exhaust products from the aircraft.”
It is important to note that the letter that I received from Mr Robert Goodwill, MP, on the subject of aircraft trails and which included FAQs, was date stamped 4th December 2014.
Within the News section of the RVL Group website, it references an article, dated 30th November 2013, which celebrates the successful testing of an adapted Boeing 737, which includes an oil dispersant capability. The flight trials took place in Dothan, Alabama and in partnership with Waypoint Aeronautical. If the trials proved successful, the intention was to employ the system in both the USA and Europe, as a means of cleaning up oil spills.
The article about the trials on the RVL Group website, incorporated the logo for the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency, which means that the UK government was involved and fully aware of what was going on. The question then is why Mr Robert Goodwill, the minister for the DfT at the time, appeared to be ignorant of this project when he provided assurances that his department was “not aware of any other matter or aerosol being ejected from aircraft”. Strictly speaking, he was correct because the trials were not happening in the UK. However, the intention to bring this capability to the UK in the future was known, particularly since it required a specialist aviation licence.
Some people may say that this has nothing to do with persistent airplane trails because the system being developed is for clearing up oil spills. That may be true, but I no longer trust the official line. If this system exists, then it has the potential to be used to spray substances into the atmosphere for reasons other than cleaning away environmental pollutants. In fact, one of the representatives from Waypoint Aeronautical likened the system to a 'crop sprayer'. This makes you wonder why the DfT failed to acknowledge the existence of such a project in the first place.
This is what Waypoint Aeronautical says about its involvement.
“Our team is currently working with the British aviation company RVL Group, to produce the first palletized aerial dispersant spray system for a jet aircraft. The technology will allow jet aircraft to respond to oil spills impacting sensitive coastlines within hours of a spill.”
The promotional video by Waypoint Aeronautical is very similar to the one used by the RVL Group, but it does provide a better illustration of how the system works.
This matter needs to be carefully monitored, as I suspect that we are not being told the full story.