London Stansted EGSS STN
As the fourth busiest airport in the UK (after Heathrow, Gatwick, and Manchester), London Stansted airport handles over 24 million passengers per year, and is the primary hub for low-cost carrier Ryanair. 30 miles to the north-east of Central London, the airport currently serves over 170 destinations across the world with carriers such as easyJet, Thomson, Thomas Cook, Flybe, and Jet2. Stansted is also home to a cargo operation, serving operators such as FedEx, Cargolux, and UPS.
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Key Details
Name London Stansted
ICAO EGSS
IATA STN
FIR EGTT
Latitude 51.88499832
Longitude 0.235
Elevation 348 ft
Procedures

On the ground

Aircraft which are departing London Stansted IFR should, wherever possible, file a Standard Instrument Departure (SID).

When following a SID, due to the interaction with other routes, initial altitudes must be observed. Please use charts. If unsure, ask the the controller!

On first contact with Stansted ATC you must state your aircraft type, stand number, ATIS code letter (if received) and the QNH you currently have. 

First Contact after Departure

On initial contact with London Control, Stansted Direcotr or Essex Radar (when airborne) report your departure, and your passing & cleared altitudes. 
e.g. "London Control, ABC123, BUZAD7R departure, passing altitude 3500 feet, climbing to altitude 4000 feet."

Heathrow Positioning Flights

Aircraft routing to London Heathrow (EGLL) should file via the Lambourne (LAM) departure.
Standard Route for EGSS-EGLL: LAM

Gatwick Positioning Flights

Aircraft routing to London Gatwick (EGKK) should file via the Detling (DET) departure.
Standard Route for EGSS-EGKK: DET

Luton Positioning Flights

Aircraft routing to London Luton (EGGW) should file via the Barkway (BKY) departure.
Standard Route for EGSS-EGGW: BKY BUSTA LOREL

 

 

Aircraft inbound via a STAR must follow the routing and level/speed restrictions as laid out in the appropriate chart.  Normally, on the network aircraft will be vectored from either ABBOT or BKY to final approach, descending where appropriate.  Aircraft must not however proceed beyond LOREL or ABBOT without ATC clearance but instead should enter the hold at either ABBOT or LOREL and await further instructions.  Essex Radar (ESSEX_APP) handles the stacks and these are detailed below.  

LOREL: (Left hand turns, Inbound Course: 188)

ABBOT: (Right hand turns, Inbound Course: 267)

1 minute legs. Standard Holding Speeds for the LTMA apply.  (Up to and including FL140: 220kts, At FL150 and above Standard ICAO Holding Speeds)

From the stacks Essex Radar will hand inbound aircraft to Stansted Director who will vector the aircraft onto base and finally final approach for the appropriate runway.

VFR Circuits

VFR circuits are to the south of the airfield at an altitude of 1400ft or a height of 1000ft.  Aircraft wishing to fly VFR circuits should indicate this on initial contact with Stansted Ground and expect taxi instructions to the relevant holding point.  Once at the hold clearance will be granted,subject to current traffic situations.  

VRPs

  • Audley End Railway Station (North)
  • Epping (South)
  • Great Dunmow (East)
  • Puckeridge (A10/A120 Intersection) (West)

 

Please note that there are more VRPs in the Stansted area but these are the ones most commonly used on the network. 

Departing

Aircraft who wish to depart the zone should contact Stansted Ground for taxi clearance to the relevant holding point. Once at the holding point Stansted Tower will issue the zone exit clearance via the appropriate VRP and usually instruct the aircraft to maintain an altitude of not above 1500ft.  Once the aircraft is airborne and clear of any other traffic in the ATZ (Aerodrome Traffic Zone) it will be handed off to Stansted Director.

Arriving

Aircraft wishing to enter the Stansted CTR/CTA should contact Essex Radar at least 5 minutes before the CTR/CTA boundary.  VFR flights will be instructed to route towards the relevant VRP and if there is a delay remain clear of the CTR/CTA. Clearance to enter the CTR/CTA will usually have an altitude restriction of not above 1500ft to reduce any conflict with IFR flights.  Once the aircraft is visual with the airfield they will be handed off to Stansted Tower.  

General

Aircraft flying VFR should, wherever possible, file a flight plan to assist controllers in facilitating the requested routing.  VFR Pilots are also strongly recommended to have either an appropriate VFR Chart or for flying within the Stansted Area the Control Zone and Control Area Chart (AD 2-EGSS-4-1)

Additional Information

Special VFR

Special VFR clearance may be given to aircraft wishing to fly within the Stansted CTR if the traffic situation permits.  Aircraft will normally be cleared to not above altitude 1500ft and route to one of the following VRP's:

  • Audley End Railway Station VRP via M11 Motorway
  • Great Dunmow VRP via B1256 and Takeley Village
  • Puckeridge VRP via A120 Truck road avoiding Bishops Stortford

Pilots must remain clear of cloud and insight of the surface at all times.  

SVFR Clearances will not be issued when there is a reported visibility of 1800m or less and/or a cloud ceiling of less than 600ft.  

Helicopter Operations

Helicopters will normally land and depart from an area marked as H on Taxiway Foxtrot.  In order to do this the visibility will be greater than 1500m and the cloud ceiling greater than 300ft. In addition this procedure is only available during 0700-2300 local.   Should the weather conditions be less that those stated above then helicopters must use the runway to arrive and depart.   Helicopters inbound from the South or East will be asked to hold at the diamond hanger (Hanger 8) not below 500ft to cross the runway to then land at the helicopter landing area.  Helicopters arriving from the North or West may be asked to initially route via Hazelend Wood VRP  towards the Northern Edge of Hanger 4 to either hold there not below 500ft or route onwards to the helicopter landing area. 

 

Frequencies

Note:- London/Stansted frequencies are slightly different from those in the real-world due to lack of 8.33 kHz frequency support on VATSIM.

IFR Departures:

Aircraft not departing via a SID should pass their requested routing to Stansted Ground on initial contact. All Non Standard departures will require a release from Stansted Director and may require coordination with other ATC.  In periods of heavy traffic pilots are advised that non standard departures may be refused and that they should, wherever possible, file a SID. 

All IFR departures must follow the relevant noise abatement procedure for the runway in use. These can be found in EGSS AD 2.21. 

IFR Arrivals:

Aircraft wishing to enter the Stansted CTA or CTR should request clearance to do so at least 10 minutes before the CTA/CTR boundary.   When clearance has been received, the inbound aircraft will be routed to integrate with the current traffic situation. 


Navigation Aids
Type Identifier Frequency
VOR BKY 116.250 MHz
VOR BPK 117.500 MHz
ILS RWY22 I-SX 110.500 MHz
ILS RWY04 I-SED 110.500 MHz
Runways
Runway Mag. Bearing Dimensions Surface Type
04 044° 3049m x 46m Asphalt
22 224° 3049m x 46m 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
ESSEX_APP Essex Radar 120.625
EGSS_APP Stansted Director 126.950
EGSS_TWR Stansted Tower 123.800
EGSS_GND Stansted Ground 121.725
EGSS_DEL Stansted Delivery 121.950
Standard Instrument Departures
Identifier Runway Initial Altitude
BKY2S 04 4000ft For aircraft leaving controlled airspace via BKY VOR.
CLN4S 04 4000ft For aircraft joining the M84 south eastbound, L620 eastbound, or L608 eastbound, and for aircraft landing at London City and Biggin Hill.
DET1S 04 5000ft The DET 1R and DET 1S are not normally available between 0600-2300 winter and 0500-2200 summer. During these hours CLN 8R or CLN 4S will be issued as appropriate.
LAM2S 04 5000ft For aircraft landing at London Heathrow (EGLL) only.
LYD5S 04 5000ft For aircraft joining the N615/L151 (FL170 and below) UM605/M605, M189, or Y803 airways.
NUGBO1S 04 4000ft For aircraft joining the M183 airway.
UTAVA1S 04 4000ft For aircraft joining the Q75 airway.
BKY5R 22 4000ft For aircraft leaving controlled airspace via BKY VOR.
CLN8R 22 4000ft For aircraft joining the M84 south eastbound, L620 eastbound, or L608 eastbound, and for aircraft landing at London City and Biggin Hill.
DET1R 22 5000ft The DET 1R and DET 1S are not normally available between 0600-2300 winter and 0500-2200 summer. During these hours CLN 8R or CLN 4S will be issued as appropriate.
LAM3R 22 5000ft For aircraft landing at London Heathrow (EGLL) only.
LYD6R 22 5000ft For aircraft joining the N615/L151 (FL170 and below) UM605/M605, M189, or Y803 airways.
NUGBO1R 22 4000ft For aircraft joining the M183 airway.
UTAVA1R 22 4000ft For aircraft joining the Q75 airway.
Standard Terminal Arrival Routes
Identifier Initial Fix
ABBOT1A BKY From BKY VOR maintain BKY VOR R073 to ADNAM then turn right to intercept BKY VOR R087 to ABBOT.
ABBOT1C IDESI B-RNAV STAR. Via: UP20/P20, P49/UP49, UY6/Y6. Routing: IDESI-LAPRA-ABBOT Levels: IDESI (+15nm) - FL220, IDESI - FL180, LAPRA - FL120. Speeds: Maximum 250KIAS at LAPRA and ABBOT. This STAR is only to be used by aircraft approved for B-RNAV operations in UK airspace (Non-approved aircraft use ABBOT 1D). All holding is defined by conventional navigation.
ABBOT1D LOGAN Arrival via L608, L980 (FL100 and below) to LOGAN continue on CLN VOR R110 to CLN VOR then turn right to CLN VOR R298 to ABBOT. (250KIAS by CLN VOR).
ABBOT1E DET Arrival via L10, L613, N57 (FL170 and below) to DET VOR continue on DET VOR R001 to ABBOT. (Used for Positioning flights from London Gatwick [EGKK])
ABBOT1F BPK From BPK VOR maintain BPK VOR R057 to ADNAM then turn right to intercept BKY VOR R087 to ABBOT.
LOREL1H WAL Arrival via L975, L10 (FL190 and below) to WAL VOR continue on WAL VOR R143 to HON VOR then turn left onto HON VOR R138 to CLIPY then turn left onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 tp BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL. (FL150 by CLIPY).
LOREL1K DTY Arrival via M605 (FL70) to DTY VOR continue on DTY VOR R170 to FINMA then turn left onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL.
LOREL2L KENET Arrival via (U)L9 (FL90 to FL170) to KENET continue on WCO QDM 046 to WCO NDB then turn right onto WCO QDR 071 to BOMBO then turn right onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL. (For flight planning purposes only: FL140 10nm before KENET).
LOREL2M KENET Arrival via L9 (FL80 and below) to KENET continue on CPT VOR R283 to CPT VOR then turn left onto CPT VOR R103 tp WOD NDB then turn left onto WCO QDM 356 to WCO NDB then turn right onto WCO QDR 071 to BOMBO then turn right onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 tp BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL.
LOREL2N HAZEL Arrival via L620, M185 (FL170 and below) to HAZEL continue on WOD QDM 011 to WOD NDB then turn left onto WCO QDM 356 to WCO NDB then turn right onto WCO QDR 071 to BOMBO then turn right onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL.
LOREL2S BEDEK Arrival via (U)L9, UL607, UP2, Y3 (FL180 and above) to BEDEK continue on 106 degrees to NIGIT then turn left onto OCK VOR R273 to OCK VOR then turn left onto BPK VOR R208 to VATON then BPK VOR R208 to BPK VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R207 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL. (FL180 at BEDEK).
LOREL3G MCT Arrival via (U)N615 (FL150 and above) to MCT VOR continue on MCT VOR R154 to PEDIG then ROGBI then CLIPY then turn left onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL. (FL200 by ROGBI, FL150 by CLIPY).
LOREL3Q BANVA Arrival via UM733, Y8 to BANVA continue on MAY VOR R140 to MAY VOR then turn right onto MAY VOR R326 to VATON then turn right onto BPK VOR R208 to BPK VOR then turn right onto BKY VOR R206 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL. (FL200 by MAY).
LOREL4C AVANT Arrival via L980 (FL180 and above) to AVANT continue on OCK VOR R214 to OCK VOR then turn left onto BPK VOR R208 to VATON then BPK VOR R208 to BPK VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R207 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL. (FL190 by AVANT).
LOREL4F WAL Arrival via (U)L975, (U)L10 (FL200 and above) to WAL VOR continue on WAL VOR R117 to LISTO then turn right on to 147 degrees to PEDIG then turn right onto MCT VOR R154 to ROGBI then CLIPY then turn left onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL. (FL200 by ROGBI, FL150 by CLIPY).
LOREL5A WCO From WCO NDB maintain WCO QDR 071 to BOMBO then turn right onto BKY VOR R273 to BKY VOR then turn left onto BKY VOR R004 to BUSTA then turn left to intercept BPK VOR R009 to LOREL.

Online Controllers
Position Controller Frequency Connected
EGSS_TWR James Clarke 123.800 54 minutes ago
EGSS_GND Connor Sedman 121.720 22 minutes ago
Online Pilots
Callsign Aircraft Pilot Origin Destination Connected
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EXS041A B738/X Jack Bowman EGSS EGCC 58 minutes ago
RYR7ZT B738/L Kieran Spooner EGAA EGSS 49 minutes ago
RYR49GD M/B738/S Thiago Simões EGSS LFBO 42 minutes ago
G-TBMN TBM9/L Russell Smith EGPH EGSS 10 minutes ago
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