A new Multilateration System has been transitioned into operational service at Heathrow Airport. To transition such a highly integrated system in a complex and busy airfield environment – and without any operational impact – was certainly a challenge.
Every day, Heathrow Airport operates at over 98% capacity, a phenomenal achievement that drives the controllers in the tower to deliver the best service every minute of every day.
As a British Airways pilot on the Airbus fleet based at Heathrow, I am all too familiar with the impact of strong headwinds on final approach into Heathrow. We know that TBS will not solve all strong wind delays but it will certainly reduce the length of our inbound slot delay.
The ongoing debate about airport capacity isn’t just about runways, it is also about resilience to challenging weather conditions. Heathrow is the busiest two runway airport in the world, handling over 470,000 flights a year.
Heathrow-based air traffic controller Ady Dolan, recently gave an interview on BBC Radio Newcastle, talking about day to day operations at the world’s busiest dual runway airport.
Are you longing to sit and watch Airport Live when you settle in front of your TV, especially during these winter months? If so, we thought you would enjoy re-visiting our favourite clips from the show, which BBC2 has just put live.
There was a time when Heathrow would come to a standstill on a daily basis to watch and listen to a very special aircraft, almost as if someone had pressed the pause button on the frantic pace of life at the airport.
Earlier in the week Heathrow hosted a group of spotters for a day going behind the scenes at the airport, including a look around the fantastic new Terminal 2. As part of the day, NATS and Heathrow asked the spotters to submit their best photos for a competition where you get to decide the winners.