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Old 21st Sep 2018, 00:28
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EGWU RAF Northolt

Iím planning to use RAF Northolt next month. We usually hit Farnborough but giving EGWU a shot. I understand about the M-F 9-5 operating hours and this will be fine. Iíve also heard of irregular airport closures due to Royal Flight and ATC work stoppages. Does anyone have any experience with this? How much notice is given? 2 hours? 2 days? I guess landing at an alternate isnít a big deal....Iím mostly concerned with being stranded at the field unable to depart because of this.

Anyone have experience with this?
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Old 21st Sep 2018, 06:46
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Originally Posted by ksjc View Post
Iím planning to use RAF Northolt next month. We usually hit Farnborough but giving EGWU a shot. I understand about the M-F 9-5 operating hours and this will be fine. Iíve also heard of irregular airport closures due to Royal Flight and ATC work stoppages. Does anyone have any experience with this? How much notice is given? 2 hours? 2 days? I guess landing at an alternate isnít a big deal....Iím mostly concerned with being stranded at the field unable to depart because of this.

Anyone have experience with this?
Unexpected stoppages due to ATC still ongoing - two closures last week all day. Would avoid like plague and stick with the Farnboroughs, Biggins Oxfords etc.
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Old 21st Sep 2018, 13:25
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Would second the above; weíve had embargoes applied with less than 30 mins notice, or held on the ground for >3 hours due to airport slot availability; these are mostly linked to ATC staff shortages.

Not to mention the wait for the Ďstart crewí to amble over 😡

They just donít really care about the civilian traffic, rightly or wrongly!
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Old 21st Sep 2018, 23:04
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Thanks for the above replies. Super helpful. Further research suggests the same. We've decided to bail on EGWU and use EGLF.
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Old 22nd Sep 2018, 22:06
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How can Northolt ATC be short staffed? All approach control/director/departures etc is done from Swanwick so they only need to man 2 positions at the airport, tower and talkdown.
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Old 23rd Sep 2018, 18:58
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
How can Northolt ATC be short staffed? All approach control/director/departures etc is done from Swanwick so they only need to man 2 positions at the airport, tower and talkdown.
Radar moved to Swanwick a few years ago, but is still manned by RAF Northolt mil controllers; itís just remote from the airfield.
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Old 25th Sep 2020, 14:51
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See RAF Northolt is about to be removed from the UK AIP - was the only MOD/military airfield in there. Presume this is the CAA following up their commitment to de-notify?
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