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Historically, Gatwick had only one runway (08R/26L) with a taxiway to the north, but this obviously would cause problems if that runway was out of use for any reason - emergency, scheduled maintenance, etc. In 1979, the taxiway was upgraded so that it could be used as a runway when the main runway was out of use. Since this used existing infrastructure, the ...


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There are perhaps 101 non aviation-related reasons why the UK does not have larger airports, such as space consideration (we're only a small island!), politics (NIMBY!), civil engineering (Airports are commonly near urban centres and are often surrounded). However, the most aviation-related related reason I can think is that we just simply rarely need cross ...


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Simply, because no airline has determined the route makes economic sense. A poll doesn't necessarily translate into a ready market of passengers. Sure, lots of people might check a box on a survey saying they'd like to see such a thing, but does that really translate to thousands of people actually a significant sum of money for the service? Would enough ...


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Good Spot! That was a temporary runway for the Red Bull Air Race: https://www.forgottenairfields.com/airfield-london-redbull-airstrip-1429.html You can see "RB" at the eastern end on your satellite imagery


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The answer appears to be "yes", but unless you're transferring directly from the private jet to/from an international flight in/out of Heathrow, it's a poor choice. Fees are high and delays are common. With no fewer than 13 other airports to choose from, chances are that one of the others will be a better choice. Luton and Farnborough are the most popular ...


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They are "Rapid Exit Taxiway Indicator Lights" as described in section 9.6 of CAP 637. 9.6 Rapid Exit Taxiway Indicator Lights 9.6.1 Rapid exit taxiway indicator lights (RETILs) provide pilots with distance to go information to the nearest rapid exit taxiway on the runway, to enhance situational awareness in low visibility conditions ...


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It's ALL about land use. Look at Mirabel, Denver's new airport, or Dulles (at the time it was built). They basically razed some farmland. America had the opportunity to do a whole lot of that. Whereas in the UK, you have an ancient civilization dotted with villages, the entire system of landed [owns land] gentry (as seen on Downton Abbey; Highclere ...


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Yes, it is illegal. The UK has some very strange ideas about Radio, which bear no resemblance to the reality of physics and how radio actually works. Foremost among those ideas is the idea that you are only legally allowed to listen to transmissions intended for "general reception": The services that can be listened to under the definition of general ...


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Hawaiian Airlines only recently started acquiring airplanes (A330-200) that are capable of that range. According to Wikipedia, London and Paris routes were discussed. On November 27, 2007, Hawaiian Airlines signed a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Airbus for 24 long-range jets priced at $4.4 billion. The order included six Airbus A330-200s with a ...


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Yes, Private jets can land at Heathrow. Charging is based, like many airports, on aircraft weight in the first instance, but also incurred are handling charges, parking charges, and extra charges for noise/emissions rating, as well as a different price for night landings. Many airports use similar pricing structures. Heathrow publishes their landing ...


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No, you were not nearly involved in an accident. If the flight crew is ready to go, an Airbus A320 takes about 40-50 seconds from the moment take-off clearance is given until lift-off. As soon as the aircraft is off the runway, the next one can land. On some busy airports, 60 seconds between take-off clearance and the next landing is a daily occurrence. ...


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The following statement has just been released today by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, in relation to the AAIB: This evening I was briefed by representatives from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). They informed me that Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data which indicated the northern and southern corridors, has been ...


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It's a Rendezvous Point for emergency vehicles. This is from the UK's Aerodrome Model Emergency Orders (appendix B, section 1.1.1): Rendezvous Point signs should be displayed at the point(s) designated by the Aerodrome Emergency Orders as the rendezvous point(s) for all responding Emergency Services. Signs should be clearly visible from any ...


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I'm fairly sure that sign is beside taxiway C*, and as you can see from the aerodrome chart it is right next to the main apron. Aircraft holding in this position have the main apron directly behind them. The sign is instructing pilots to use the minimum thrust necessary to move off from that position, as there could be personnel, vehicles etc on the apron. ...


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Small airplanes will be under VFR (Visual Flight Rules) which entails that the pilot looks out the window and is responsible for staying away from other aircraft and staying out of the clouds (the fog banks of the sky). If you see another plane in your path then there are standard rules to avoid him see this question. They can fly under IFR (Instrument ...


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Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Airlines simply doesn't have any aircraft that can operate the flight. For now, Hawaiian Airlines does not consider its A330-200s to have sufficient range to reach London with the desired payloads and it's not yet sure whether its upcoming A330neos will be able to, either. Flights to London are a goal but may be at the limit ...


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The wind in the UK is fairly constant east-west, thus there is no need to construct runways in other directions. The only reason to construct extra runways, is for the case where the capacity of the current runway system is insufficient. LHR shows that you can handle a large number of yearly flights with just two runways. LHR is currently operating at max ...


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Yes it is illegal. UK's OFCOM, the Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries write Q. Isn't this all a bit heavy? A. No. No-one likes their private or business conversations to be listened to. Parliament has passed these laws to protect the privacy of radio users Obviously this appears pretty futile to ...


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There are multiple reasons: Yes, they'll shoot the aircraft down if deemed necessary. It is a grim prospect, but sometimes grim events require grim responses - there is little doubt that many lives would have been saved had the 9/11 aircraft been shot down prior to them hitting the WTC's. It's a threat and a show of force. Not all hijackers / criminals / ...


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London City is severely space-constrained, being on an island in the Thames. Moving the tower means more space for functions that cannot be moved. ... will also include an extended terminal building, enabling it to serve two million more passengers a year by 2025. A high tower means substantial foundations, so you can't just stick the tower on top of ...


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When Heathrow was opened as a commercial site it had THREE different runways in a triangle and by 1955 it had SIX runways - You can see them here: Wikipedia commons - arranged to allow parallel operation on any 2 runways no matter what the wind direction was. But with the coming of larger transport aircraft having higher landing speeds and greater crosswind ...


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This is also know in Europe as an Enroute Instrument Rating or EIR, which allows flights under Instrument Flight Rules in the cruise phase, but not for departure or approach. It is based on EASA FCL 825 FCL.825 En-route Instrument Rating (EIR) (a) Privileges and conditions. (1) The privileges of the holder of an en-route instrument rating (EIR) ...


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British Airways has this to say: If you have been cautioned, warned or convicted of a criminal offence (other than parking offences) we suggest you check whether you will be able to obtain an airside pass by visiting www.dft.gov.uk. In order to be employed as a pilot with British Airways you will be required to undergo a Criminal Record Check for ...


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Like most geostationary satellites, Inmarsat 3-F1 is not in a truly fixed orbit relative to the earth: it drifts a few degrees north and south. Knowing this, and more importantly the speed it is drifting north or south, lets them refine their already very good doppler measurements - if you assume the northern path, you have to assume MH370 had constantly ...


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There is a company called Flight Experience which builds 737 simulators and offers their use to the public. These are fully certified simulators and are frequently used by commercial pilots for currency training. Their closest location to London appears to be in Paris. I had an opportunity to fly one of their simulators a few years ago, and it was a lot of ...


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Strictly speaking it is against the law, the transmission is not intended for public reception (indicated by it falling outside of public broadcast frequencies) and you are not the intended recipient. However you will find that in practice this is ignored on a personal basis. i.e. yourself listening nobody has a problem with, if you were to then make what ...


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One UK list is here, it mentions several universities that include PPL and/or ATPL training in the degree course, but they appear to cover only the theory part of the courses with actual flight training being optional. Where a full PPL is included, they mention extra costs of around GBP 7000 on top of regular tuition. If you look directly at the university ...


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Gas venting stations sometimes release natural gas at extremely high pressures, so there is a risk of strong updrafts or turbulence. In any case if you fly directly over you may be going through a cloud of combustable gas which could possible ignite. It's a low risk, but given it's rarely a problem going around them it would be my advice to do so. I've ...


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The exact procedures will vary locally but typically ATC will give priority to police and ambulance helicopters that operate emergency services. If these helicopters are operating in controlled airspace, communication with ATC will be done by normal VHF radio. There is no need for a dedicated communications person, the pilot will be in contact with ATC. ...


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The short answer is : You could. But GA traffic is heavily discouraged both in terms of fees and policies. Longer answer: Most of the time, the only private jets you'll find at Heathrow are those operated by heads of state and their respective governments who, for whatever reason, feel they absolutely must land at Heathrow. Most private private jet ...


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