|Name||London Heliport (Battersea)|
Inbound helicopters must establish radio contact with the heliport ATC before entering the ATZ. They should advise POB and any fuel requirements on initial contact.
Circuit height is 1000ft a.m.s.l.
The traffic pattern is non-standard and flown over the river.
All turns should be made, as far as is practical over the river above 500ft See map below for details.
N.B. Take Off, Climb and Approach Profile - is offset by 15 degrees away from shoreline (so as to remain over the centre of the river for as long as is safe so to do).
Start-up/Shut-down & Manoeuvres
ATC permission is required for engine (and rotor) start-up/shut-downs and all manoeuvres, including hover and taxi (which should be at a brisk walking pace).
Noise Abatement Procedures
In order to reduce the overall noise footprint and to alleviate the common causes of complaints and concerns from the local community (e.g. approaches carried out too early, passing too close to tall buildings, low manoeuvres in the approach or climb-out phase) The London Heliport operates a “Fly Neighbourly” policy as follows:
FATO Wind turbulence/variance
The erection of new buildings to the North and South of the heliport has increased the probability of turbulence and variance of wind direction away from that indicated or passed by ATC.
This may be particularly experienced during periods of stronger prevailing or gusting winds and can affect landing, take-off, hover and ground/air taxiing manoeuvres. Aircrew are therefore advised to exercise extreme caution at all times.
Arrivals and departures
All arrivals and departures must be via the flight platform. Aircraft must not over fly any shipping that is within 100m of the platform.
Non-standard take-off requests
Non-standard take-off requests including Group A / Helipad / Class 1 or Running shall be made to ATC on start up. Permission will be subject to other heliport or ATC operational requirements.
Inbound helicopters with a radio failure should hold on the North side of the river and await visual light signals from the ATC tower.
If a landing clearance is not received by the final 200m of landing, a go-around must be carried out. The go-around procedure is:
03 TURN LEFT – 21 TURN RIGHT…
…and then fly over the north bank of the river, climb to 500ft, join the circuit until further instructions are issued by ATC.
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