Birmingham EGBB BHX
Birmingham Airport (IATA: BHX, ICAO: EGBB), is located 5.5 NM (10.2 km; 6.3 mi) east southeast of Birmingham city centre, at Bickenhill in the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull within the West Midlands, England. The airport is a base for BMI, Bmibaby, Flybe, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways.

Offering both domestic and international flights to destinations in Europe, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, North America and the Caribbean, Birmingham is currently the seventh busiest aerodrome within the United Kingdom.
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Key Details
Name Birmingham
ICAO EGBB
IATA BHX
FIR EGTT
Latitude 52.45389938
Longitude -1.74802995
Elevation 327 ft
Procedures

The Transition Altitude in the Birmingham CTA is 6000ft. Pilots are encouraged to attempt to fly the Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs) correctly from the charts. However, for pilots who do not have the charts, a simplified version is given which the controller can pass by text in the clearance. This version ignores the Noise Abatement Regulations and VOR radials but should produce approximately the same route. Use of an Flight management System (FMS) is assumed for direct routings. Charts are by far the best option and the latest charts for Birmingham can be found within the UK AIP.

STARs should be used for flight planning purposes but routes may be varied by EGBB_APP to expedite arrivals or departures.
STARs via OLIVE are not used in VATSIM UK since they are only for use when HON VOR is out of service.
Coventry Arrivals on airways should be routed on Birmingham STARs and positioned for Coventry by EGBB_APP
Aircraft inbound from the FIR (ie uncontrolled airspace) should be routed to GROVE or the BHX NDB.
Transition Level will be determined by ATC based on Transition Altitude of 6000ft and the Birmingham QNH. For the latest information on STAR procedures please refer to the charts.

Birmingham aerodrome is surrounded by class D airspace, therefore pilots wishing to fly S/VFR within this airspace must file a S/VFR flight plan. Your routing should indicate the point at which (or the direction) you intend to join/leave controlled airspace - this may be in the form of a compass direction or as a specific location for example a VRP.

Arrivals should freecall Birmingham Radar (EGBB_APP) at least 5 minutes before reaching the boundary of controlled airspace (class D). Clearance will be issued and will differ from visit to visit depending upon the current traffic situation at the aerodrome. Pilots should ensure that they comply fully with the clearance as issued and if they are unable to for whatever reason(s) should notify the controller as soon as is possible. 

The circuit is flown at height 1000ft QFE and pilots should ensure that they remain within visual range of the aerodrome at all times.


Navigation Aids
Type Identifier Frequency
ILS RWY33 I-BM 110.100 MHz CAT III 3° glideslope
NDB BHX 406.000 KHz
ILS RWY15 I-BIR 110.100 MHz
Runways
Runway Mag. Bearing Dimensions Surface Type
33 329° 2599m x 46m Asphalt
15 149° 2599m x 46m Asphalt
ATC Stations
Callsign Name Frequency
LON_CTR London Control 123.900
LON_SC_CTR London Control 132.600
LON_C_CTR London Control 127.100
EGBB_APP Birmingham Radar 118.050
EGBB_F_APP Birmingham Director 131.000
EGBB_TWR Birmingham Tower 118.300
EGBB_GND Birmingham Ground 121.800
EGBB_DEL Birmingham Delivery 121.920
EGBB_ATIS Birmingham Information 126.270
Standard Instrument Departures
Identifier Runway Initial Altitude
COWLY 2E 15 6000ft Climb straight ahead to I-BIR D1 or 500 QFE whichever is later, then turn right to track 169° to I-BIR D4, then left to establish on HON VOR R156 to COWLY (HON D50). Cross HON D7 4000 or above. Cross HON D11 at 6000.
CPT2E 15 6000ft Climb straight ahead to I-BIR D1 or 500 QFE whichever is later, then turn right to track 169° to I-BIR D4, then turn left to establish on HON VOR R165 (CPT VOR R345) to CPT VOR. Cross HON D7 (CPT VOR D47) 4000 or above. Cross HON D11 (CPT VOR D43) at 6000.
DTY 3E 15 6000ft Climb straight ahead to I-BIR D1 or 500 QFE whichever is later, then turn right to track 169°. At I-BIR D4 turn left to establish on DTY VOR R302 to DTY VOR. Cross DTY D16 4000 or above (approx. 5.2%). Cross DTY D12 5000 or above (approx. 4.9%). Cross DTY D9 at 6000 (approx. 4.9%).
TNT 4E 15 6000ft Climb straight ahead to I-BIR D1 or 500 QFE whichever is later, then turn right onto track 169°. At I-BIR D2 turn left to establish on HON VOR R018 to intercept DTY VOR R321. At DTY D34, crossing at 6000 (4.4%), turn right onto TNT VOR R190 to TNT VOR.
WCO 4E 15 6000ft ***Only available for destinations in the London TMA*** Climb straight ahead to I-BIR D1 or 500 QFE whichever is later, then turn right to track 169° to I-BIR D4, then turn left to establish on HON VOR R142 to WCO NDB. Cross HON D7 4000 or above (5.1%). Cross HON D11 5000 or above (approx. 4.8%). Cross HON D16 at 6000 (approx. 4.5%).
WHI 4E 15 6000ft Climb straight ahead to I-BIR D1 or 500 QFE whichever is later, then turn right to track 169°. At I-BIR D2 turn left onto HON VOR R018 to intercept DTY VOR R321 to WHI NDB. Cross DTY D34 at 6000 (4.4%).
COWLY 3D 33 6000ft Climb straight ahead to I-BM D2 or 500 QFE whichever is later, then turn right to intercept DTY VOR R318 by DTY D26. At DTY D20 turn right to establish on CPT VOR R353 to CPT D30, crossing CPT D55 (DTY D18) 5000 or above (approx. 4.8%) and CPT D53 (DTY D16) at 6000 (approx. 5.0%), establish on HON VOR R156 to COWLY (HON D50).
CPT 4D 33 6000ft Climb straight ahead to I-BM D2 or 500 QFE whichever is later, then turn right to intercept DTY VOR R318 by DTY D26. At DTY D20 turn right to establish on CPT VOR R353 to CPT VOR. Cross CPT D55 (DTY D18) 5000 or above (approx. 4.8%). Cross CPT D53 (DTY D16) at 6000 (approx. 5.0%).
DTY 5D 33 6000ft Climb straight ahead to I-BM D2 or 500 QFE whichever is later, then turn right to intercept DTY VOR R318 by DTY D26, then continue to DTY VOR. Cross DTY D18 5000 or above (approx. 4.8%). Cross DTY D9 at 6000.
TNT 4D 33 6000ft Climb straight ahead to I-BM D2 or 500 QFE whichever is later, then turn right to establish on TNT VOR R190 to TNT VOR. Cross TNT D23 5000 or above (5.9%). Cross TNT D19 at 6000.
WCO 5D 33 6000ft ***Only available for destinations in the London TMA*** Climb straight ahead to I-BM D2 or 500 QFE whichever is later, then turn right to intercept DTY VOR R318 by DTY D26. At DTY D20 turn right to establish on WCO NDB QDM 152° to WCO NDB. Cross DTY D18 5000 or above (approx. 4.8%). Cross DTY D16 at 6000 (approx. 5.0%).
WHI 4D 33 6000ft Climb straight ahead to I-BM D2 or 500 QFE whichever is later, then establish on HON VOR R328 to WHI NDB. Cross I-BM D13 4000 or above. Cross I-BM D17 5000 or above. Cross I-BM D20 at 6000 (4.7%).

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Online Pilots
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