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Changes to Airways over Eastern England

Posted: 22/02/2008

Not content with moving the A14 closer to our villages. It now seems that NATS (formerly known as National Air Traffic Services) are considering major changes to the air routes in and out Stansted and Luton Airports.

Although both of these airports are some distance away, one of the options for Luton is a hold pattern being established over this area.

For anyone not familiar with what this means, aircraft approaching a busy airport often have to queue prior to making their approach and landing. Queuing is achieved by controllers ordering aircraft to fly in a predefined loop pattern at differing altitudes. The next aircraft in the queue comes off the bottom of the stack and makes its approach to the airport.

NATS have published consultation documents on the subject which can be found on their website

Mark Shuker




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