London city guide

I have searched and found tutorials for the steep approach and back taxi for EGLC, but not for plane sizes, so this wil compile all 3 together, and that is why this is useful. Check out this ILS approach tutorial here if you don’t know how to fly an IFR ILS approach: How to fly the ILS Approach. At EGLC, their are 3 things that distinguish it from a “normal” airport. The steep approach, the plane restrictions, the taxiway and the runway. We will start with the taxiway.

This is a picture of EGLC. You will see the terminal area on the bottom right, the runway in the middle and a small backwards C at the top of the runway used to hold short, and finally a small circle 3/4 up that is slightly wider than the runway used to turn around. BUT WAIT!? Their is no taxiway to runway 27? What do you do? You back taxi. Back taxi? Back taxing is taxing up the runway the opposite direction to the direction you will take off or have landed. IMPORTANT: The back taxi movement is conducted on Tower frequency as it is directly related to departures and arrivals. After holding short at the runway entrance nearest to runway Tower should command you to back taxi, and either line up or wait (Turn around using the marked circle at the top of the runway) or contact ground when off the runway (Enter the C and hold at the hold short line and contact ground). All good. But wait? What if you land on runway 09 and then need to get to the terminal? You should have stopped before the circle in the runway we mentioned earlier. Use it to turn around after tower has asked you to exit and back taxi (As you are going in the opposite direction to how you landed). If they ask you to expedite or you stopped ahead of the circle then continue into the C and then request taxi to parking, tower should clear you to back taxi.

A normal ILS or GPS approach is 3 degrees, starting at 3000 feet 10NM out. The approach at London City, however, to lower noise and avoid buildings, is 5.5 degrees. You start at 5500 feet 10NM out. You should have spoilers on flight, full flaps and gear at 140-150KIAS so you don’t gain to much speed. You should not use autoland as it is only certified for glideslopes lesser than 3.25 degrees. The runway is also very short, 4900Feet, which means you should use full reverse thrust and if you don’t touchdown by just after the large white squares leave your view you should go around. All this means only certain planes can land here. They must be 2 pilots with 2 engines or more to prevent a engine failure resulting in a crash into central London, and must be steep approach certified. In IF, the only planes that meet these requirements are the Embraer family, the a318 and the Cessna Citation X. All other planes should not land here.

There it is. Any questions? Drop a comment below, and like if you learnt something!


Please wait until a higher trust level to post in tutorials. Also, some of this information is incorrect:

  1. If instructed to back-taxi and line up, in real life aircraft, the smaller ones, do not always use the small ‘C’ taxi area you mentioned. They can turn-around just to the top of the runway in a 360 turn. There is a marked turning circle for this

  2. In IF, we are permitted to use some of the other smaller jets alongside the A318

  3. Other information such as speeds and so forth are incorrect