Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59 Posted (10 years 6 months ago) and read 2740 times:
I was speaking to an employee in Heathrow and he was telling me that at 15:00 everyday landing/take off sequences change over between the two main runways. But that hardly ever happens. I mean over the last couple of days for example the landing sequecnce has been the same (landing on 9L and take off from 9R) with the exception of one or two aircraft. Off course it has a lot to do with wind direction but also to reduce noise levels for people living near the airport. So why aren't they 'strict' applying this rule?
Bigpappa From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2645 times:
because when there is an easterly wind blowing towards heathrow, the planes land over from the west (over slough, Windsor) .This is where there is much countryside and less population then landing over London when there is a westerly wind......
Trident2e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1759 times:
Horus - I was talking about what typically happens and didn't think I would have to describe every single exception. No need to take what is said quite so literally!
PW100 - Yes, the intention is that this will increase runway capacity at LHR and create some more slots.
Steve7E7 - I've seen Concorde many times taking her place in the queue of traffic. NATS has said that there were generally no special arrangements in place for Concorde - she more often than not had to wait her turn like everyone else. Exceptions, I suppose, would be when the PM or the Royals were on board.
WorldspotterPL From Germany, joined May 2004, 136 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1708 times:
In the very early morning (5-7 a.m. weekdays and 6-7 a.m. on weekends) planes use the runway that is the nearer one to their terminal. For example when I was down at the visitors center one morning to shoot 27R arrivals, I did not get a single BA 747 or 777 nor the Kenya Airways flight which goes to T4 as well but I got all the CX, SAA, SQ, UA, AA stuff...As soon as take offs begin, one runway is chosen to be used until 3 o'clock.
EDIT: This also applies to 09L/R with the exception that there is no change at 3 o'clock
AvianceGirlUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1605 times:
The reason for never a change of runways at 1500 when the 09 runways are in use is because of the Cranford Agreement. The area of Cranford (sh*tehole) has agreed with LHR that aircraft are not allowed to take off over their precious area. This is very strange to me. Why Cranford and not Hatton? There is nothing special about cranford and if they are allowed to land over there, why not take off? I learnt about this when i used to work in the Visitor Centre years back, this is where the LHR noise complaints unit is based. So there you go!
Star_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1507 times:
The reason that the Concorde flights used 09L / 27R only for a few months was due to the runway surface on 09R / 27L - they were doing ongoing repairs to this runway, and it was felt that there was an increased risk of tyre damage due to the resurfacing that was being done. Therefore all Concorde flights used the other runway, regardless of which one was in use for takeoffs / landings. This wasn't always the case though, only when this work was being done.