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Pilots: LHR And LGW Impressions  
User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 61
Posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3922 times:

This is a question to our flight crew members here.

What do you think of LHR and LGW - are they places you enjoy flying to? What's the weather normally like to fly in, and what's the ATC like? Is it a particularly stressful place to fly to because of the possibility of late ATC clearance and the likelihood of go-arounds etc?

Are there any aspects to flying into these airports that you dislike? Anything you really enjoy?

What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
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User currently offlinezeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 10808 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3904 times:

Love LHR, ATC is great. They know how to make airspace work.

The terminals however, could use a bulldozer.

We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking – Santosh Kalwar
User currently offlinedogbreath From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3679 times:

Not flown into LHR for a while now, but do fly into LGW on a regular basis.

For me there are two distinct parts to your question. The airport itself (runways, taxiways, terminals and staff) and the ATC aspect (approach, tower and ground).
LGW as an airport. Hmmn! I don't want to complain too much, but it is dated and hampered by being a single runway operation. Fortunately the BAA was forced to sell LGW to a new owner, which will hopefully mean some changes and improvements. Like Zeke says a bulldozer would be handy at LHR, but there are some works going on at LGW and will take a long long time before it's improved.
The single runway issue and the lack of Government vision on UK aviation is a problem and makes for a busy time, but it is extremely well handled by ATC. Unfortunately when the weather turns nasty, so does the experience of LGW, but fortunately the weather is fairly stable most of the time, and snow and ice events are rare.

UK ATC is a dream compared to some other parts of Europe. Don't get me started on Spanish ATC. To me Spanish ATC are environmental criminals and conducting acts of treason on the Spanish economy. However the NATS in the UK are extremely professional and do afantastic job. Always a pleasure. They know how to make the most efficient use of the airspace and have never had to make a go-around yet due to spacing on final.

Truth, Honour, Loyalty
User currently offlinecloudyapple From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2005, 2458 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3075 times:

Quoting zeke (Reply 1):
Love LHR, ATC is great. They know how to make airspace work.

We also made your airspace work  

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