London Gatwick EGKK LGW
London Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW, ICAO: EGKK), situated to the 29.5 miles south of Central London, is the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom in terms of passenger numbers and operates the busiest runway in the world. Gatwick maintains these standards on the network too, being the second busiest airport on the network with over 37000 movements in 2015 alone!
Current METAR
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Key Details
Name London Gatwick
ICAO EGKK
IATA LGW
FIR EGTT
Latitude 51.14810181
Longitude -0.19027799
Elevation 202 ft
Procedures


Requesting Clearance

Upon first contact with Gatwick, aircraft should report the following: stand number, aircraft type, QNH and ATIS information (if online).

“ABC123, stand 554, information A, type A319, QNH 1013, request clearance to Amsterdam.”

Initial Climb

Due to interaction with other departure routings within the London TMA, especially those of London/Heathrow, pilots are reminded to strictly conform to the climb restrictions on their assigned departure routing, and not to climb above the stated altitude unless instructed by ATC. If in doubt, ask ATC. Climb profiles are specified on all departure charts.

Departure Restrictions

Departures via BIG are only available for flights to Heathrow (EGLL) or Northolt (EGWU). BOGNA/HARDY departures are only available between 0600-2300 local time, of which outside these times SFD departures should be used.

Flights to North America should plan via either Lambourne (LAM) or Southampton (SAM) – KENET is only available for departures to the South West and Ireland.

Positioning Flights

Flights to London City and Biggin Hill should file: DET DCT GODLU and will be given a CLN departure terminating at DET.

Departures to Essex (Luton, Stansted, Cambridge) should file via DET and will also be given a CLN terminating at DET before joining the ABBOT1E STAR.

First Contact after departure

On initial contact with London Control (when airborne) report your departure, and your passing & cleared altitudes. 
e.g. "London Control, ABC123, LAM2X departure, passing altitude 3100 feet, climbing to altitude 5000 feet."

 

Aircraft should file a flight plan that terminates at one of the STAR fixes detailed in the table below, and before reaching the final fix shall be assigned a STAR by ATC. Pilots should inform ATC if they are unable to accept the STAR as soon as practicable. 

STARs via LUMBA (for use when the MID VOR is unserviceable) and ASTRA (for use when the MAY VOR is unserviceable) should not be used on VATSIM, as VORs do not become unserviceable.

New (AIRAC 1602) RNAV STARs

RNAV arrivals from the east (TIMBA1J/3F/1K) and some from the south (TIMBA4B/2G) inbound TIMBA were introduced for AIRAC 1602. Pilots unable to accept these due to outdated AIRAC data should inform ATC in a timely manner.

RNAV Approaches

Requests for an RNAV approach should be made on first contact with Gatwick Director.

First Contact with Gatwick Director

Upon first contact with Gatwick Director, aircraft should report their cleared level, aircraft type, ATIS information on board and their routing.

“Gatwick Director, ABC123, descending flight level 80 to TIMBA, Boeing 737, information A”

 


Airspace

Gatwick is surrounded by Class D airspace, therefore (S)VFR aircraft shall be in receipt of a valid clearance before entering the Gatwick Control Zone (Class D airspace). Pilots should state in their flight plan the point that they wish to enter/leave controlled airspace. Pilots should use VRPs as displayed on appropriate AIP chart.

Circuits

At Gatwick, circuits are conducted to the north of the aerodrome at an altitude of 1200ft or 1000ft on the QFE. Circuit traffic will be given the squawk of 7010.

Departures

VFR departures shall be cleared out of the control zone using a VRP deemed appropriate by the active controller based on your planned direction.

Arrivals

Aircraft wishing to enter Gatwick controlled airspace should call Gatwick Director (126.825) at least 5 minutes prior to zone entry. Pilots should expect a clearance via an appropriate VRP.

Helicopters

For helicopters wishing to land at Gatwick or transit over the airfield, two VRPs have been established. These are defined as Gatwick Airport North Terminal, and the Southern Maintenance Area. There is no dedicated helicopter alighting area at Gatwick, therefore arriving or departing helicopters use the main runway in use. Departing VFR helicopters will follow the same procedures as fixed wing departures.

Additional Information


Scenery and Charts

Charts are available in the UK AIP.
 
Both payware and freeware scenery is available for Gatwick from UK2000.


Navigation Aids
Type Identifier Frequency
ILS RWY26L I WW 110.900 MHz 3° ILS Ref Datum Hgt 51 ft.
ILS RWY08R I GG 110.900 MHz 3° ILS Ref Datum Hgt 51 ft.
Runways
Runway Mag. Bearing Dimensions Surface Type
08R 079° 3316m x 46m Asphalt
26L 259° 3316m x 46m Asphalt
08L 079° 2565m x 45m Asphalt
26R 259° 2565m x 45m Asphalt
ATC Stations
Callsign Name Frequency
LON_CTR London Control 123.900
LON_SC_CTR London Control 132.600
LON_S_CTR London Control 129.420
EGKK_APP Gatwick Director 126.820
EGKK_F_APP Gatwick Director 118.950
EGKK_TWR Gatwick Tower 124.220
EGKK_GND Gatwick Ground 121.800
EGKK_DEL Gatwick Delivery 121.950
EGKK_ATIS Gatwick Information 134.220
Standard Instrument Departures
Identifier Runway Initial Altitude
ADMAG2X 26L 4000ft Non RNAV on request: DVR8M
BIG2X 26L 4000ft To EGLL/EGWU only - Non RNAV on request: BIG7M
BOGNA1X 26L 5000ft 0600-2300 UK Local Time (Alternate: SFD) - Non RNAV on request: BOGNA1M
CLN4X 26L 4000ft Non RNAV on request: CLN8M
DAGGA1X 26L 5000ft Relief SID only. Not for flight-planning purposes. Non RNAV on request: DAGGA1M
HARDY1X 26L 5000ft 0600-2300 UK Local Time (Alternate: SFD) - Non RNAV on request: HARDY1M
KENET1X 26L 4000ft To airfields in SW UK / Ireland only - Non RNAV on request: KENET2M
LAM2X 26L 4000ft Non RNAV on request: LAM4M
NOVMA1X 26L 4000ft Non RNAV on request: SAM2M
SFD1X 26L 4000ft 2300-0600 UK Local Time (Alternate: HARDY for M605 or BOGNA) - Non RNAV on request: SFD5M
TIGER1X 26L 5000ft Relief SID only. Not for flight-planning purposes. Non RNAV on request: TIGER3M
WIZAD1X 26L 6000ft Relief SID only. Not for flight-planning purposes. Non RNAV on request: WIZAD4M
BIG2Z 08R 6000ft To EGLL/EGWU only - Non RNAV on request: BIG3P
CLN2Z 08R 5000ft Non RNAV on request: CLN5P
IMVUR1Z 08R 3000ft Non RNAV on request: SAM3P
KENET1Z 08R 3000ft To airfields in SW UK / Ireland only - Non RNAV on request: KENET3P
LAM1Z 08R 5000ft Non RNAV on request: LAM5P
ODVIK2Z 08R 6000ft Non RNAV on request: DVR5P
SFD4Z 08R 6000ft Non RNAV on request: SFD9P
Standard Terminal Arrival Routes
Identifier Initial Fix
TIMBA1C GWC Not for flight planning purposes. Via GWC, SFD, TIMBA.
TIMBA1D MID Not for flight planning purposes. Via MID, MAY, LARCK, TIMBA.
TIMBA1J ERING RNAV STAR via ERING, ABTUM, ARNUN, LARCK, TIMBA. SLP KKE63.
TIMBA1K TEBRA RNAV STAR via TEBRA, ABTUM, ARNUN, LARCK, TIMBA. SLP KKE63.
TIMBA2G NEVIL RNAV STAR via NEVIL, OSPOL, NETVU, ELDAX, AMDUT, TIMBA. SLP KKE64.
TIMBA3F KONAN RNAV STAR via KONAN, ARNUN, LARCK, TIMBA. SLP KKE63.
TIMBA4B KUNAV RNAV STAR via KUNAV, AMDUT, TIMBA. SLP KKE64.
WILLO1F KENET Via KENET, MID, HOLLY, WILLO.
WILLO2H BEDEK Via BEDEK, NIGIT, MID, HOLLY, WILLO.
WILLO3A SAM Via SAM, GWC, HOLLY, WILLO.
WILLO3B KIDLI Via KIDLI, MID, HOLLY, WILLO.
WILLO3D BILNI Via BILNI, KUMIL, AVANT, GWC, HOLLY, WILLO.
WILLO3J BEWLI Via BEWLI, BEGTO, AVANT, GWC, HOLLY, WILLO.
WILLO4C DOMUT Via DOMUT, KATHY, AVANT, GWC, HOLLY, WILLO.

Online Controllers
Position Controller Frequency Connected
EGKK_GND Kye Taylor 121.800 8 minutes ago
EGKK_APP Richard Keen 126.820 1 hour ago
Online Pilots
Callsign Aircraft Pilot Origin Destination Connected
VIR65 H/B744/L John Price EGKK MKJS 8 hours ago
BAW2233 H/B77L/L Adrian Gres EGKK TXKF 6 hours ago
TUI0829 H/B788/L Michael Patsalides EGKK LCLK 3 hours ago
EZY870H A319/L Boris Gromov GCTS EGKK 3 hours ago
JAF906 B738/L Sandro Pescarmona DTTA EGKK 2 hours ago
RYR6QA B737/L Lucas Scattergood EGKK EICK 2 hours ago
BAW193 B738/L Iwo Emilewicz EGKK EGCC 2 hours ago
IBK2910 B738 Oliver Hope EGKK EKCH 2 hours ago
EZY17YL A319 Kendo Selmi LIPZ EGKK 2 hours ago
IBK2411 B738 Cameron Chalk GCTS EGKK 1 hour ago
EZY87EF B738 Adrian Stepien EGKK EHAM 1 hour ago
EZY85HU A319 Zak Burridge EHAM EGKK 1 hour ago
DLH289 H/B748 Peter Hess EGKK LSZH 1 hour ago
BAW869 DC10 Lenny Colton LHBP EGKK 1 hour ago
TRA6987 B737 Stephan-albi Albers EHRD EGKK 1 hour ago
EZY244 B738/L Ellis Gaunt EHAM EGKK 1 hour ago
EZY56ER A320 Michal Samordak EHAM EGKK 1 hour ago
RYR101Z B738/S Andrew Pym EGKK EGKK 1 hour ago
BAW51K A320/L Sveinung Kaurstad EGKK LOWI 57 minutes ago
EZY75VM A319/L Harry Sugden EGKK LEMD 54 minutes ago
EZY45KH A320 Riccardo Bua EGKK LIRF 46 minutes ago
BAW34CX 788 Harry Burns EHAM EGKK 32 minutes ago
XMS10 A319/X Daniel Cushing EGKK EFKT 26 minutes ago
EZY138K A319/S Ashley Lyus EGKK EDDM 22 minutes ago
N806SB B738/L Tiago Boulhosa EGKK EGMC 23 minutes ago
SHT10F A319/L Tom Parker EGPF EGKK 21 minutes ago
AEA44MN B738 Bradley Haslehurst EGKK LEMD 14 minutes ago
IBK5PH T/B738/L Jay Mells LEBL EGKK 7 minutes ago
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