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Cessna inside Gatwick

Old 26th Feb 2002, 00:52
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Red face Cessna inside Gatwick

Thursday 21FEBRUARY approxiametly 12.40 local, a CESSNA 152 flew south to north through Gatwick approach sufficiently close for one plane on 26 final to be ordered "to prepare to abort approach and route south within 30 seconds" if Cessna was not sufficiently clear, probabley on route to EGKR. Andybody hear anymore? <img src="redface.gif" border="0">
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Old 26th Feb 2002, 03:05
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Happened to me several years back at LGW 26L. Told to go around and missed a light twin by two hundred feet below us!

Didn't see it (IMC), but he would have heard us! (737-200)
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Old 28th Feb 2002, 00:16
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As a PPL with several hundred hours (and no unapproved penetrations of controlled airspace) I would say that if this incident is true, then it is an unacceptable standard of airmanship.

Having flown in the US quite a bit, I am uncomfortable with medium/heavy and light traffic flying in close proximity and that is when it is under radar control: unapproved penetrations are simply not acceptable, although ATC seem to have been on the ball here and working to mitigate risk and the incident would appear to have been largely a non event in practical terms.

However, it does make one wonder about the logic behind the new NPPL which reduces the amount of training hours required to get a license.

Being an amateur pilot should include adopting a professional attitude and behaviours even if we pay for the privilege rather than get paid!

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