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
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).
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
EGLL_N_APP David Potter 119.720 7 minutes ago
Online Pilots
Callsign Aircraft Pilot Origin Destination Connected
BAW8 H/B77W/L Shane Trott RJTT EGLL 9 hours ago
KAL907 H/B77W/L Hwayong Lee RKSI EGLL 6 hours ago
BAW6 H/B789/L Dan Smith RJTT EGLL 5 hours ago
BAW174 H/B744 Reo Yoshioka KJFK EGLL 4 hours ago
UAE2641 B77W/A Ahmed Saadawey OMDB EGLL 3 hours ago
AMX8 H/B789/X Sean Warren EGLL MMMX 2 hours ago
BAW522 H/B744/L Kevin Beckwith TNCM EGLL 2 hours ago
BAW950M M/A319/L Kyle Watkins EGLL EDDM 1 hour ago
SHT18LA M/A321/S Ben Cook EGLL EGPD 1 hour ago
AAL25 H/B77W/L Simone Minetti EGLL KLAX 1 hour ago
BAW190 H/B744/L Daniel Bruhwiler TNCM EGLL 1 hour ago
BAW460 A35K Benny Schmidt EGLL LEMD 1 hour ago
QFA6032 H/B744/L Brodie Lawson EGLL EGPF 1 hour ago
BAW907U M/A321/S Julius Ullig EDDF EGLL 1 hour ago
BAW800 A320 Daniel Randall EGLL BIKF 2 hours ago
BAW108 H/B744/L Pedro Carrascalao OMDB EGLL 1 hour ago
QNZ6031 B738/L Anthony Davis EGLL EGPF 1 hour ago
AAL27 H/B77W Emanuele Manganaro EGLL KLAX 1 hour ago
BAW82T H/B744/L Allan Wiborg TNCM EGLL 1 hour ago
BAW712T M/A319/L Christopher Siegrist EGLL LSZH 1 hour ago
BAW445 B738/L Johnathon Neilsen EGLL EGPF 1 hour ago
QFA6053 H/B744/L Stirling Day EGLL EGPF 57 minutes ago
BHAIR H/B77W Muhamed Kubat LQSA EGLL 2 hours ago
SHT18Z A320/L Jack Ryan EGLL EGPD 47 minutes ago
AAL118 B773/L Nicolo Massa EGLL KLAX 43 minutes ago
OAL0463 B738/L Michael Bourekas EGLL LGTS 1 hour ago
BAW5670 H/B748/L Balint Szalai EGLL KJFK 47 minutes ago
LH900 A320/A Muhammad Adam EDDF EGLL 42 minutes ago
NJE2LL A320/L Tom Smith LSGG EGLL 1 hour ago
MARINE1 RFAL Aaron Price EGCC EGLL 39 minutes ago
SIA305 B77W Callum Geddes EGLL WSSS 33 minutes ago
BAW762 H/B772/L Michiel Maes EGLL ENGM 1 hour ago
SHT6L A320/S Samuel Chianta EGLL EGPF 28 minutes ago
BCS5775 B752/Z Heron Ng EIDW EGLL 26 minutes ago
BAW91BG A320/L Jack Ruddick LBSF EGLL 23 minutes ago
EWG6KC A319/L Michael Kock EDDL EGLL 23 minutes ago
KAL9927 H/B77W Ji Seungmun RKSI EGLL 16 minutes ago
ZSAJG H/B789 Andries Gouws EGLL EGCC 13 minutes ago
BAW274 H/B744/L Christian Mbeumo KLAS EGLL 7 minutes ago
BAW724 H/A320 Ming Yang EDDF EGLL 3 minutes ago
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