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
Current METAR
Key Details
Name London Heathrow
Latitude 51.47060000
Longitude -0.46194100
Elevation 83 ft

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.

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 2019.

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
Runway Mag. Bearing Dimensions Surface Type
27R 270° 3901m x 50m Asphalt
27L 270° 3660m x 50m Asphalt
09L 090° 3901m x 50m Asphalt
09R 090° 3660m x 50m 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
LON_S_CTR London Control 129.420
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
GASGU2J 09R 6000ft Routing to SAM - N866 SAM
MAY2J 09R 6000ft Not for flightplanning - USE MID INSTEAD.
MODMI1J 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
GOGSI2F 27R 6000ft Routing to SAM - N621 SAM
MAXIT1F 27R 6000ft
MAY3F 27R 6000ft Not for flightplanning - USE MID INSTEAD.
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
GOGSI2G 27L 6000ft Routing to SAM - N621 SAM
MAXIT1G 27L 6000ft
MAY2G 27L 6000ft Not for flightplanning - USE MID INSTEAD.
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).
BIG3D LAM Not for flightplanning - ATC issued only (stack swap).
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).
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.
OCK3E BILNI FL270 by 15NM before BILNI. FL180 by KUMIL. FL130 by HAZEL.

Online Controllers
Position Controller Frequency Connected
LON_S_CTR Harry Sugden 129.420 2 hours ago
LON_C_CTR Sebastian Rekdal 127.100 37 minutes ago
EGLL_N_APP Robbie Garrett 119.720 35 minutes ago
EGLL_1_GND Lewis Corcoran 121.900 34 minutes ago
Online Pilots
Callsign Aircraft Pilot Origin Destination Connected
BAW122 B77W Mike South EGLL YBBN 12 hours ago
BAW118 H/B77W/L Pranav Chandramouli VOBL EGLL 8 hours ago
BAW15 H/B77W/L Guy Bar EGLL WSSS 7 hours ago
BAW326 H/B748/L Knut Precht EGLL HKJK 7 hours ago
BAW14K B763/L Christopher Shaw KJFK EGLL 8 hours ago
BAW275 B744 Michael Stevens EGLL KLAS 5 hours ago
BAW205 H/B744/L Youssef Chaila EGLL KBOS 5 hours ago
VIR687 H/B789/L Niklas Andersen EGLL KJFK 5 hours ago
BAW29G H/B772/L Owen Abaatu KBOS EGLL 5 hours ago
BAW4 H/CONC Andy Vines EGLL KJFK 4 hours ago
BAW593 H/B78X/L Ben Roberts SBGL EGLL 14 hours ago
AAL558 H/B772/L Christian Schmidt EGLL KJFK 2 hours ago
BAW145C M/A320/S David Potter LEAL EGLL 2 hours ago
VIR335 H/A333 Shayan Khan VABB EGLL 1 hour ago
ACA849 H/B773 Matt Rumsey EGLL CYYZ 1 hour ago
RAM8102 H/B788/B Yazid El GMMN EGLL 1 hour ago
BAW2648 A320/X Daniel Cushing EGLL LATI 1 hour ago
BAW491U M/A320/S Dan Bates LXGB EGLL 1 hour ago
AFL2584 A320/L Mikhail Kardash UUEE EGLL 1 hour ago
ACA864 H/A333/L Grant Sproson CYUL EGLL 1 hour ago
AUA451 A320/L Amro Hassan LOWW EGLL 1 hour ago
BAW101 H/CONC/I Cadhene Lubin-Hewitt EGLL TTPP 1 hour ago
BAW823D A319/L Daniel Marsden EIDW EGLL 1 hour ago
SHT2V A319/L Max Burrell EGLL EGCC 1 hour ago
BAW949 A320/L Christos Episkopos EDDM EGLL 1 hour ago
BAW68K A319/L James Jobling EIDW EGLL 57 minutes ago
BAW293 B789/H Chris Horsfield EGLL KIAD 51 minutes ago
BAW82DN M/A320/S James Coombe EGLL EIDW 50 minutes ago
SAS582 A320 Povl Mygind EKCH EGLL 51 minutes ago
SHT12N A321/L Alex Ashley EGLL EGNT 40 minutes ago
BAW12 H/A359/L Noah Miller PHNL EGLL 36 minutes ago
BAW9252 A319/L Richie Turnbull EGHH EGLL 34 minutes ago
BAW388 B732/L Lee Cushing EGLL EBBR 31 minutes ago
BAW663 A320/L Jason Wright LCLK EGLL 1 hour ago
BAW884 M/A321/S Patrick Hull EGLL LROP 1 hour ago
BAW442 A321/S Dylan Cope EGLL EHAM 24 minutes ago
RJA678 H/B738 Omar ALQudah OJAI EGLL 23 minutes ago
AEE170 B738/L Noam Bar EGLL EDDT 20 minutes ago
BAW347 A320/L Sahil Kulkarni LFMN EGLL 19 minutes ago
BAW671 M/A320/S Ben Cook LTFE EGLL 18 minutes ago
BAW456 A321/L Josh Miller EGLL LEMD 16 minutes ago
BAW734 A321/Z Andrej Lippay EGLL LSGG 11 minutes ago
JBU424 A321 Nihad Pt EGLL EDDF 18 minutes ago
RYR2936 B737-800/L Adam Vigh-Vecsey LHBP EGLL 11 minutes ago
BAW565 H/B738 Barry Horton EGLL LEBL 6 minutes ago
SHT12Q M/A320/S James Wilkins EGLL EGNT 4 minutes ago
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