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Visit to London Heathrow Control Tower

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Heathrow is the largest airport where NATS provide air traffic services. There are an average of 1200 movements a day and 68,000,000 passengers pass through the terminals at the airport in a year.

Date and Time

31 March 2014 - 14:30-16:00

Location

London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Jointly organised by the London local network and the Aerospace TPN.


About this event

Heathrow’s new £50m tower built by BAA handled its first flight early on Saturday 21 April 2007.

The tower is 87m high – the tallest tower in the UK. It is more than twice the height of the old tower which has served Heathrow for over 50 years. The state of the art control tower sits at the geographic heart of Heathrow, giving NATS controllers an unequalled 360ºC panoramic view of the airfield. The tower will deliver capacity and service improvements to meet the needs of Terminal 5 and beyond.

The tower was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners and engineered by Arup. The tower was constructed on site at the world’s busiest airport. The 30m high cab at the top of the Tower is equivalent to six storeys and weighs more than a jumbo jet. It was built on the airfield perimeter, on the 29 October 2004 it was moved 2km overnight to its final location. Over a 12 week period, the structure was raised by jacks; six steel mast sections each 12m high and 4.6m in diameter were progressively slotted into place. The tower was finally anchored to the ground with steel cable stays.

Heathrow is the largest airport where NATS provide air traffic services. There are an average of 1200 movements a day and 68,000,000 passengers pass through the terminals at the airport in a year.

Programme

14:00 - Registration (meeting point TBC)

14:30 - John Crook, NATS will give a presentation which will be followed by a visit to the balcony.

Additional information

Please note each individual will need to obtain a pass and then make their way (escorted) to the Tower (which is airside). In order to ensure the visit begins on time, please arrive with plenty of time. 

Registration information

Registration is essential.

Please note that passport information will be required.



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