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DaveReidUK
10th Jul 2019, 17:30
Flights at Gatwick Airport have been suspended due to what it says is an issue in its control tower.

The airport apologised and said it had experienced a problem with its air traffic control systems.

In a statement Gatwick said it was working "to rectify this issue as quickly as possible".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-48944552

sejo
10th Jul 2019, 17:31
EGKK (London Gatwick)
Arrivals unavailable from 1610-2100 due to an ATC technical issue (Electronic flight processing failure)
High delays.

From Eurocontrol NOP.

gordonroxburgh
10th Jul 2019, 17:49
.....remind me, did LGW move tower ATC operations to a German company who were the lowest bidder to run it?

Well that's their SLA and Profit busted in all in one go and LGWs reputation further tarnished.

mike current
10th Jul 2019, 18:03
.....remind me, did LGW move tower ATC operations to a German company who were the lowest bidder to run it?



They're using the same systems that Nats installed there. Maybe it could have happened to Nats too?

gordonroxburgh
10th Jul 2019, 18:10
They're using the same systems that Nats installed there. Maybe it could have happened to Nats too?
So are you saying they just used the legacy systems and did not invest in a tech refresh as part of the new contract?

Airbubba
10th Jul 2019, 18:12
Looks like departures and arrivals have resumed despite an LGW tweet to the contrary a few minutes ago.

https://twitter.com/Gatwick_Airport/status/1149015941168214016

sejo
10th Jul 2019, 18:18
EGKK (London Gatwick)
The ATC technical issues have slightly improved with an arrivals recovery regulation applied at a reduced rate
Delays remain High.
The situation is ongoing and NM will update accordingly.

mike current
10th Jul 2019, 18:28
So are you saying they just used the legacy systems and did not invest in a tech refresh as part of the new contract?
I don't know. I would imagine that LGW airport own the hardware, not the ANSP. Nats didn't take hardware away when they left! I can't speak about software or upgrades. But generally decisions on system upgrades rest with the airport operator, not the ANSP.
The ANSP will work alongside to implement them.

HEATHROW DIRECTOR
10th Jul 2019, 18:38
So can't they revert to the old manual system while it is fixed?

PanzerJohn
10th Jul 2019, 18:40
A chap, or chapess, with a couple of bats?.

brianj
10th Jul 2019, 19:28
Nice thought but few ATSA’s to prepare strips!, And it’s Wednesday evening, Indian Takeaway evening......

ZOOKER
10th Jul 2019, 19:39
Strips?? Wow, that's way back. Does anyone still print them?

10 DME ARC
11th Jul 2019, 10:29
Amazing!! Pen's, strips and telephone line......clear decks of what you got then reduced flow! At very least land your inbounds!!

OvertHawk
11th Jul 2019, 10:33
Amazing!! Pen's, strips and telephone line......clear decks of what you got then reduced flow! At very least land your inbounds!!

And where do you park them if you can't release your outbounds?

brianj
11th Jul 2019, 15:10
Follow Boeing’s example and use the staff car parks?

OvertHawk
11th Jul 2019, 15:20
Follow Boeing’s example and use the staff car parks?

A splendid idea - I look forward to watching them try to load the aeroplanes onto the bus! :E