Belfast/City EGAC BHD
George Best Belfast City Airport is a single-runway airport in Belfast, County Down, Northern Ireland. Situated adjacent to the Port of Belfast it is 3 mi from Belfast City Centre. It shares the site with the Short Brothers/Bombardier aircraft manufacturing facility. The airport began commercial operations in 1983.

The airport was formerly known as "Belfast City Airport" until it was renamed in 2006 in memory of George Best, the professional footballer from Belfast, best known for his time with Manchester United.
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Key Details
Name Belfast/City
ICAO EGAC
IATA BHD
FIR EGPX
Latitude 54.61809921
Longitude -5.87249994
Elevation 15 ft
Procedures

As there are no promulgated SIDs for Belfast City, ATC will issue specific after departure instructions (typically a Radar heading or to a designated waypoint), prior to issuing take-off clearance. Pilots must not depart until these instructions have been given and acknowledged.

The standard routes for outbound aircraft are detailed below. Routes may be varied at ATC discretion according to the prevailing traffic conditions.

SE via L10 (FL 90 and Above)     PEPOD - IOM

SE via L10 (FL 70 and Below)     RINGA - IOM

S via P620                                  LISBO - NUMPI - NIMAT

N via P600                                  BLACA - TRN


Runway 04 Departures - (Turn out to the Right)

i. Propeller Aircraft 13000 kg MTOW or less

On passing 500 ft QNH or 0.4 nm DME, whichever is the sooner -left turn TRACK 034°M and climb to altitude 1500 ft QNH before commencing turn. Thereafter as per ATC Clearance.

ii. Propeller Aircraft greater than 13000 kg MTOW

On passing 500 ft QNH or 0.4 nm DME, whichever is the sooner -left turn TRACK 034°m and climb to altitude 2000 ft QNH before commencing turn. Thereafter as per ATC Clearance.

iii. All Jet Aircraft

On passing 500 ft QNH or 0.4 nm DME, whichever is the sooner - left turn TRACK 034° and climb to altitude 3000ft QNH before turning. Thereafter as per ATC Clearance.


Runway 22 Departures - (Turn out to the Left)

i. Propeller Aircraft 13000 kg MTOW or less

Climb straight ahead to altitude 1500 ft before turning, thereafter as per the clearance issued by ATC.

ii. Propeller Aircraft greater than 13000 kg MTOW

Climb straight ahead to altitude 2000 ft before turning, thereafter as per the clearance issued by ATC.

iii. All Jet Aircraft

Climb straight ahead to altitude 3000 ft before turning, thereafter as per the clearance issued by ATC.


Belfast City Departures via IOM – Speed Profile:

i. Traffic departing Belfast Aldergrove via IOM with a requested level of FL 290 or above, is required to cross KELLY at FL 290 or above. To ensure that these aircraft can achieve the required level by KELLY, speed restrictions are to be observed.

ii. All Belfast Aldergrove departures to the southeast via LISBO - (U)L10, with a requested flight level of FL 290 or above, are to fly in accordance with the following maximum speeds:

1. Jet Traffic with a MTOW greater than 35,000 kg Max 250 kt IAS until FL 100, then Max 290 kt IAS until FL 250;

2. Jet Traffic with a MTOW less than 35,000 kg and all non-jet traffic; Max 250 kt IAS until above FL250.

iii. Aircraft unable to reach FL 290 by KELLY must advise Belfast Aldergrove prior to push-back, giving the anticipated flight level at KELLY. Specific climb instructions will be issued by Scottish control.

There are no promulgated STARs for Belfast Aldergrove, however, several standard initial routes for inbound aircraft. These may be varied at the discretion of ATC for traffic reasons or to allow traffic to be sequenced by radar.

NE via P600                                    TRN - BLACA - MAGEE

SE via L10 (FL 80 and Above)         IOM - RINGA - MAGEE

SE via L10 (FL 60 and Below)         IOM - NELBO - MAGEE

SE via (U)P6 FL 250 amd Above)    REMSI - MASOP - NELBO - MAGEE

S via (U)N34                                   NEVRI - ABSUN - MAGEE


Arriving Aircraft

i. Radar vectored or instrument approaches will be conducted at altitudes consistent with the RVA or appropriate approach chart. Radar assigned levels on base leg Runway 22 will be 2500 ft until aircraft have coasted out.

ii. Aircraft landing without assistance from glidepath shall descend in accordance with the recommended profile provided in the UK AlP Instrument Approach Charts.

Runway 22 Visual Approaches

i. Runway 22 – Aircraft are to establish on the 7 DME arc (I-BFH) and coast out not below 2500 ft QNH before establishing on the final approach track at not less than 5 DME.

Runway 04

i. Descent profiles shall be optimized to establish on the final approach track at 5 nm not below 1500 ft.

ii. Aircraft downwind left Runway 04 are exempt from the above restriction if the flight path avoids residential areas.

iii. It is recommended that aircraft making an approach to Runway 04 shall follow a descent profile which will not result in it being at any time lower than the approach path which would be flown during an ILS GP approach.

 


Navigation Aids
Type Identifier Frequency
NDB HB 420.000 KHz
ILS 22 I-BFH 108.100 MHz
ILS 04 I-HBD 108.100 MHz
Runways
Runway Mag. Bearing Dimensions Surface Type
22 219° 1829m x 45m Asphalt
04 039° 1829m x 45m Asphalt
ATC Stations
Callsign Name Frequency
EGAC_APP Belfast Approach 130.850
EGAA_R_APP Aldergrove Radar 128.500
EGAC_TWR Belfast Tower 122.820
EGAC_ATIS Belfast Information 136.620

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