London Heathrow EGLL LHR
London Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR, ICAO: EGLL), situated 12 miles west of Central London, is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom, the busiest airport in Europe and the fifth busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic. This hub of activity is reflected on the network by the huge number of movements each year. In 2014, the virtual Heathrow had over 41,000 movements, the largest number on the network. Again Heathrow has come out on top in terms of movements in 2015 with over 48,000 flights in and out of the busiest* (in terms of movements) airport on the VATSIM network. * Correct as of December 2015
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Key Details
Name London Heathrow
ICAO EGLL
IATA LHR
FIR EGTT
Latitude 51.4706
Longitude -0.461941
Elevation 83 ft
Procedures


Pilot Operations Guide

The Heathrow Pilot Operations Guide (which is for both departures and arrivals) has been updated HERE.

Initial Climb

ALL DEPARTURES Climb to altitude 6000 feet on departure. Do not climb above altitude 6000 feet until instructed to do so.

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, BUZAD4J departure, passing altitude 3500 feet, climbing to altitude 6000 feet."

Gatwick Positioning Flights

Aircraft routing from London Heathrow (EGLL) to London Gatwick (EGKK) should file via the Midhurst (MID) departure. The MAY departure is not available for use.
Standard Route for EGLL-EGKK: MID DCT WILLO DCT


First Contact with Heathrow APP

On initial contact with Heathrow Director (EGLL_N_APP or EGLL_S_APP), report your cleared level, routing (ie. which VOR), aircraft type, and received ATIS information.
e.g. "Heathrow Director, ABC123, descending flight level 80 to Bovingdon, Airbus 3-2-0, information Golf."

RNAV Z Approaches

As of 20th August 2015 (AIRAC 1509), pilots are to now request and expect the renamed RNAV approaches.

[TRIAL] RNAV Y Approaches

As of 17th August 2015 until notified by NOTAM, RNAV Y trial approaches may be flown by pilots on request. Trial procedures are not implemented as standard procedure on the network.

Charts referenced are available HERE.

Inner Area / Permitted Aircraft

Only VFR / SVFR helicopters will be permitted to enter the Inner Area, as depicted in AD 2-EGLL-3-1. Fixed wing aircraft will not be permitted to enter this area at any time.

(Special) VFR Minima

VFR flights are permitted within the London Control Zone (CTR) provided that the Heathrow reported visibility is at least 5KM, and the reported cloud ceiling is 1500ft or greater. When these conditions do not exist, rotary aircraft will be cleared as Special VFR, provided that the visibility is at least 2KM and the cloud ceiling is 600ft or greater.

Further Procedure Details

Full procedures for rotary aircraft operations including transiting the airfield are available in AD 2-EGLL-1 (Textual Data) Section 2.20 Local Traffic Regulations, sub-section 5 'Helicopter Operations'.

Additional Information


Runway Alternation

Runway Alternation Document for 2018.

When westerlies are in operation, a runway change can be expected at 1500 LOCAL.
(Please note, when in easterly operations there is no runway alternation - 09L is used for arrivals and 09R for departures)

Scenery and Charts

Heathrow controllers are now using the layout that reflects the new UK2000 Scenery V3 and the latest Aerosoft Mega Airport Heathrow.

For all pilots who use "UK2000 Xtreme Scenery Version 2" - USE THIS CHART
THIS CHART shows the runway 27L hold area in more depth, mainly for previous versions of Aerosoft Mega Airport Heathrow.
For all pilots who use "UK2000 Xtreme Scenery Version 3" - USE THIS CHART


Navigation Aids
Type Identifier Frequency
VOR/DME LON 113.600 MHz
ILS RWY09L I-AA 110.300 MHz
ILS RWY09R I-BB 109.500 MHz
ILS RWY27L I-LL 109.500 MHz
ILS RWY27R I-RR 110.300 MHz
Runways
Runway Mag. Bearing Dimensions Surface Type
27R 271° 3901m x 50m Asphalt
27L 271° 3660m x 50m Asphalt
09L 091° 3901m x 50m Asphalt
09R 091° 3660m x 50m 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
LON_C_CTR London Control 127.100
EGLL_N_APP Heathrow Director 119.725
EGLL_F_APP Heathrow Director 120.400
EGLL_S_APP Heathrow Director 134.975
EGLL_S_TWR Heathrow Tower 118.500
EGLL_N_TWR Heathrow Tower 118.700
EGLL_1_GND Heathrow Ground 121.900
EGLL_2_GND Heathrow Ground 121.700
EGLL_3_GND Heathrow Ground 121.850
EGLL_DEL Heathrow Delivery 121.975
EGLL_ATIS Heathrow Information 128.075
Standard Instrument Departures
Identifier Runway Initial Altitude
BPK6J 09R 6000ft Routing to CLN - Q295 CLN
CPT 09R 6000ft A 'standard heading' clearance will be issued for 09R.
DET1J 09R 6000ft Routing to DVR - L6 DVR
GASGU1J 09R 6000ft Routing to SAM - N866 SAM
MAY2J 09R 6000ft Not for flightplanning - USE MID INSTEAD.
MID3J 09R 6000ft
ULTIB1J 09R 6000ft Routing to TNT - T420 TNT
BPK7F 27R 6000ft Routing to CLN - Q295 CLN
CPT3F 27R 6000ft
DET2F 27R 6000ft Routing to DVR - L6 DVR
GOGSI1F 27R 6000ft Routing to SAM - N621 SAM
MAY3F 27R 6000ft Not for flightplanning - USE MID INSTEAD.
MID4F 27R 6000ft
UMLAT1F 27R 6000ft Routing to TNT - T418 WELIN T420 TNT
WOBUN3F 27R 6000ft Routing to TNT - DCT WELIN T420 TNT
BPK7G 27L 6000ft Routing to CLN - Q295 CLN
CPT3G 27L 6000ft
DET2G 27L 6000ft Routing to DVR - L6 DVR
GOGSI1G 27L 6000ft Routing to SAM - N621 SAM
MAY2G 27L 6000ft Not for flightplanning - USE MID INSTEAD.
MID3G 27L 6000ft
UMLAT1G 27L 6000ft Routing to TNT - T418 WELIN T420 TNT
WOBUN3G 27L 6000ft Routing to TNT - DCT WELIN T420 TNT
ULTIB1K 09L 6000ft Routing to TNT - T420 TNT
Standard Terminal Arrival Routes
Identifier Initial Fix
BIG1E LOGAN Not for flightplanning - USE LAM3A INSTEAD.
BIG1F SANDY Low level arrivals, FL90 and below ONLY.
BIG1G OCK Not for flightplanning - ATC issued only (stack swap).
BIG3B ALESO FL150 by TIGER
BIG3C DVR
BIG3D LAM Not for flightplanning - ATC issued only (stack swap).
BNN1B NUGRA FL150 by SOPIT
BNN1C DTY Low level arrivals, FL70 and below ONLY.
BNN1D KENET Not for flightplanning - USE OCK1A INSTEAD.
BNN1E LAM Not for flightplanning - ATC issued only (stack swap).
BNN4A HON FL150 by SOPIT
LAM3A LOGAN FL250 by LOGAN (if RFL >=FL300). FL240 by LOGAN (if RFL <=FL290). FL150 by SABER.
OCK1A KENET FL140 by 40NM before OCK VOR
OCK1D HON Not for flightplanning - USE BNN4A INSTEAD.
OCK1G BIG Not for flightplanning - ATC issued only (stack swap).
OCK1H LAM Not for flightplanning - ATC issued only (stack swap).
OCK2C SAM Low level arrivals, FL100 and below ONLY.
OCK2F BEDEK FL140 by BEDEK
OCK3E BILNI FL270 by 15NM before BILNI. FL180 by KUMIL. FL130 by HAZEL.
OCK4B DOMUT FL180 by KATHY. FL130 by HAZEL.
OTMET1H OTMET FL270 by OTMET, FL210 by NEDUL, FL130 by HAZEL, FL70 by OCK
ROXOG1H ROXOG FL130 by HAZEL, FL70 by OCK

Online Controllers
Position Controller Frequency Connected
No Controllers Online
Online Pilots
Callsign Aircraft Pilot Origin Destination Connected
BAW283 H/B744/X Russell Kent EGLL KLAX 12 hours ago
VIR5C H/B789 Martin Cordero EGLL KMIA 7 hours ago
BAW50G H/B77L/L Tsiory Arisoa EGLL KBOS 6 hours ago
BAW269 H/A388/L Anthony McCarty EGLL KLAX 4 hours ago
BAW287 B77W/L Mark Smith EGLL KSFO 4 hours ago
BAW282 H/B744/L Kim Jørgen Brenna KLAX EGLL 3 hours ago
BAW43 H/B744/L Mark Yeomans EGLL FACT 3 hours ago
BAW9552A H/B742/P Iain Reid EGLL OBBI 2 hours ago
ACA868 H/B789 Sam Saunders CYYZ EGLL 2 hours ago
BAW720 A320/X Tom Sylvester EGLL LSZH 1 hour ago
BAW466 A319/L Kieron Summers-Smith EGLL LEBB 1 hour ago
BAW7WA H/B744 Ezio Cingolani EGLL KIAD 1 hour ago
BAW988G A320/L Andrew Tunstall EGLL EDDT 47 minutes ago
BAW783C M/A320/L Andrew Wilson ESSA EGLL 36 minutes ago
SHT2F A319/L Michael Higginson EGLL EGCC 36 minutes ago
BAW43HA A320/L Tomasz Towpik EHAM EGLL 32 minutes ago
SHT2R B752/L Christopher Manlow EGLL EGCC 42 minutes ago
RYR2701 B738 Philippe Fthenakis EGLL EHAM 28 minutes ago
BAW901 H/A319/L Hristo Yovev EDDF EGLL 32 minutes ago
BAW901U A320/L Joffrey Rieger EDDF EGLL 20 minutes ago
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