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IFATC at home, 19/07/20
Hi everyone, this is my first IFATC at home so I’m looking forward to it a lot. So, I have chosen London Heathrow (EGLL) as my airport. London Heathrow has a very special place for me in aviation as it pretty much sparked my interest in it. I used to live very close to the airport and always watched landing aircraft fly past my window in amazement, I spent hours at a time just watching aircraft after aircraft, making their final approach into one of the 27s. But unfortunately, after 3 years. We decided to more further west due to many reasons such as the constant sound of the busy airport (not too bad though cause every often I get to hear the thunderous GE90s) and the fact that it was very packed together and we had little room to build the house out. So we decided to move however we are still a 30 minute drive or a 25 minute train ride (depending on the stops) to London and a walk or ride on the London Underground over to the Heathrow area, where we walked, got a taxi or drove to the area we spotted. Me and my dad always used to go and it became a ritual between us to go weekly, but for some reason it all of a sudden stopped and we never went again. So recently i took a journey over there again after about a year of not going and I just stayed for hours, in awe over the departing and arriving aircraft. And since then it’s been monthly I’ve gone by myself, I’m waiting to get a camera so I can start taking pictures and starting up an instagram account and a website to share my photos.
History of Heathrow 1920s to 40s
- 1925: Norman Macmillan, an RAF officer, made a forced landing and take-off at Heathrow. He noted the flatness of the land and its suitability for an airfield. The land was at the time used for market gardening and wheat growing.
- 1928: The Air Ministry gave Fairey notice to cease using Northolt. Fairey Aviation needed an airfield for flight testing of aircraft designed and manufactured at its factory in North Hyde Road, Hayes. Norman Macmillan, by then Fairey’s chief test pilot, remembered the forced landing and take-off at Heathrow in 1925, and recommended the suitability of the area for an aerodrome. Macmillan flew aerial surveys of the site.
- 1929: Fairey Aviation started by buying 148 acres (60 ha) of farmland in four adjoining plots near southeast of the hamlet of Heathrow from four local landowners, for about £1,500, at the typical 1929 market rate of £10 per acre. (The first plot bought was 71 acres from the Rev. R. Ross, vicar of Harmondsworth.) The site was bounded to the northeast by Cain’s Lane, to the south by the Duke of Northumberland’s River, and to the west by High Tree Lane. The airfield boundaries were south of the Bath Road, northwest of the Great South West Road, and about two miles west of the western end of the Great West Road. The airfield was about three miles by road from the Hayes factory.
- June 1930: The airfield was declared operational.
- 1930 to 1939: The airfield was first called Harmondsworth Aerodrome, then The Great West Aerodrome, and sometimes Heathrow Aerodrome. One prewar map labels it “Airport”. A hangar was built. Fairey planned to relocate its factory at Hayes to the site. The Great West Aerodrome was used for aircraft assembly and testing. Commercial traffic used Croydon Airport, which was London’s main airport at the time.
- 1935 to 1939: The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) held its annual garden party fly-ins at Heathrow airfield, at the invitation of Richard Fairey, chairman and managing director of Fairey Aviation Company Ltd, and a past president of the RAeS. The events were aviation society gatherings combined with promotion and display of aircraft and their manufacturers, before the development of aircraft industry shows in Britain, from 1947. Richard Fairey, who started in business with model aircraft, also allowed weekend use of the airfield by model aircraft clubs. More people were said to visit Heathrow on that one day than they did for the rest of the year.
- 5 May 1935: The first Fairey’s airshow. A description in The Aeroplane magazine (8 May 1935) calls the place “Heathrow Aerodrome, Harmondsworth”.
- 19 June 1936: A meeting of the Aerodromes Committee of Middlesex County Council, among other things, discussed and rejected an idea to have an aerodrome in the Heathrow area “at Harmondsworth near the Perry Oaks sludge works”, with later extension by 300 acres: reasons against were the presence of the Perry Oaks sewage sludge treatment works and of Fairey Aviation’s aerodrome, and the Ministry of Agriculture objecting to loss of first-rate farmland: see Heathrow (hamlet).
- 14 May 1939: The last Fairey’s airshow. Its brochure calls the place “Great West Aerodrome, near Hayes”, and no mention of Heathrow.
showAreas of land bought at Heathrow, Harmondsworth, Middlesex by Fairey Aviation
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T5 : British airways, American Airlines
T2: Most other airlines
Note: I’m only doing these as they’re the most used airlines and terminals. And coronavirus restrictions are subject to change, you are not forced to use these terminals
- According to weather predictions, winds shouldn’t be more than a breeze, so runways: 27R and 27L will be in use.
- Please be careful when taxiing, I’ve seen an increased trend of people taxiing at 30+ knots, it’s no necessary. 20 is plenty
- Please request takeoff when FIRST in line, I’ve had countless people request takeoff when they’re second, third and even 8th in line recently. Please be considerate and keep frequency less busy
- Procedures will be recommended meaning they’re not required, but it would be helpful if you used them. Recommended procedures will be listed.
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I’ll be controlling from around 1400z onwards until I’m fully worn out, I’m unsure weather I’ll have additional services such as Departure, Approach and centre yet, that’ll be determined on the day. Tower, Ground and ATIS will be always open with ATIS updating periodically so be weary of that, I will be announcing.
That’s all from me, I know this isn’t the best looking, or organised IFATC at home topic but that’s cause I’m new to making big threads like this and I’m currently limited to an iPad until the 25th.
Thank you all for reading, I’ll hopefully see some of you on Sunday
Have a fantastic day.