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.


Charts

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_TWR Thomas Roskell 124.220 1 hour ago
EGKK_DEL Samuel Lefevre 121.950 43 minutes ago
EGKK_APP Joshua Seagrave 126.820 2 hours ago
EGKK_1_GND Basil Baby 121.800 49 minutes ago
Online Pilots
Callsign Aircraft Pilot Origin Destination Connected
NRS7505 H/B789/L Agustin Laurito EGKK SAEZ 11 hours ago
VIR57 H/B744/S Peter King EGKK TBPB 3 hours ago
EZY8492 M/A320/L Ben Cook EFRO EGKK 3 hours ago
BAW2565 A320/L Wouter Hopman EDDK EGKK 3 hours ago
IBK4SA M/B738/L Jonas Hey EFRO EGKK 3 hours ago
BAW2037 H/B772/H Marcos Mota EGKK KMCO 2 hours ago
AUA297 B738 Andreas Wagner EGKK LOWW 2 hours ago
EZY8137 A319/L Boris Gromov EGKK LPMA 2 hours ago
BAW112B A319/L Vinicius Coelho LEAL EGKK 2 hours ago
BAW2204 H/B77L/L Harvey Bates MDPC EGKK 2 hours ago
EZY86YA A320/L Taylor Barker LEMG EGKK 2 hours ago
IBK8EK B738/L Dan Lond EGKK ESSA 2 hours ago
EZY13WG A320 Julien Richard EGKK LSZH 1 hour ago
BAW2218 H/B77L Joel Wignall EGKK GMMX 1 hour ago
VIR1994 B744 David Norfolk EGKK KBOS 1 hour ago
BAW733 A319/L Luc Voeltzel EGKK LFBD 1 hour ago
EZY42NB A319 Marcel Lewczuk EGKK EFRO 1 hour ago
BAW2703 A320/L Sergey Kovalenko GCTS EGKK 1 hour ago
TOM9MM H/B789/B Alistair Chetcuti EGKK EGCC 1 hour ago
BAW2MZ A320/S Benedikt Zoeller EGKK LEPA 1 hour ago
RYR159 B737/L Harley Chambers EGKK EIDW 1 hour ago
EZY75P T/A320/W Paul Pfister EGKK LDZA 1 hour ago
EZY965G A319/L William Jennings EGKK EGPH 1 hour ago
BCS282 A320/L Martin Luckner EGKK LOWI 1 hour ago
BAW14TU A320/L Alexander Metcalfe EGKK EDDK 1 hour ago
UKV375 A320 Russ Miller EGKK EGPH 1 hour ago
EZY637J A320/L Christopher Ball EGKK EGPE 59 minutes ago
RYR9911 B738 Kamil Suwala EGKK LOWW 1 hour ago
BAW21PJ H/B772 András Csordás EGKK TXKF 55 minutes ago
EZY997 B737 Dewayne Dyer EGCC EGKK 56 minutes ago
EZY94ZJ A320/E Sam Williams GCFV EGKK 53 minutes ago
EZY86T A320/A Alexander Ray EGKK GCRR 49 minutes ago
PRD175 B738/V Kevin Townsend EGKK EGJJ 49 minutes ago
EZY28NB A320 Austen Grigoleit EDDM EGKK 2 hours ago
UKV1285 A319/L Ash Kirby EGKK EGPE 48 minutes ago
BAW2702 M/A320/S Tim Marchant EGKK GCTS 38 minutes ago
RYR4ZM B738 Callum Noble EGKK LFPG 39 minutes ago
GIHXD C150 John Atherton EGKK EGKK 33 minutes ago
NRS7013 H/B789/H James Rybaczyk EGKK KJFK 31 minutes ago
TOM176T H/B788 Rio Evans LEMG EGKK 30 minutes ago
BAW264B A320/X Darren Crosby EGKK LEBB 25 minutes ago
SAS1220 B738/L Thomas Winding EGKK EKCH 25 minutes ago
BAW408 B738/L Breandan Mckibbin EGKK LGRP 24 minutes ago
DLH73W CRJ9/L Lucas Lau EGKK EGSY 19 minutes ago
NAX09H B738/L Oeyvind Hjorth Maehle ENBR EGKK 21 minutes ago
NPT5164 B738/L Thomas Pain EGPE EGKK 36 minutes ago
EZY8297 A320/L Luke Brown EGKK LOWI 22 minutes ago
EZY84TE A320/L Josh Fellows EDDS EGKK 9 minutes ago
TUI738 B738 Tim Claessens EGKK EHAM 10 minutes ago
IBK78KL B738 Aitor Hernandez EGKK LEBL 11 minutes ago
KLM190 B738/L Adam Abdel EDDF EGKK 8 minutes ago
RYR8UJ B738/L Jordan Riley EGKK EIDW 7 minutes ago
BAW2363 H/B77L Richard Kruminsh EGKK LOWW 12 minutes ago
RAM802 B738 Nassim Hali GMMN EGKK 7 minutes ago
TOM486 B738/L Simon Crain ESSA EGKK 6 minutes ago
VIR627D H/B744/L Jayden Sullivan KJFK EGKK 21 minutes ago
KLM321 H/B738/S Qaiser Naveed EGKK EHAM 3 minutes ago
RYR58N B738/M Andy White EGKK EIDW 6 minutes ago
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