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Old 30th Jul 2003, 00:26
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Concorde Go-Around

Anyone hear about a Concorde go-around on Sunday at EGLL? Just out of interest as apparently it was quite a show........

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Old 30th Jul 2003, 00:36
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Funnily enough, I happened to see her from a pub by the river in Wapping, at about 1735. If I'd known she was going to come past again ...
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Old 30th Jul 2003, 00:46
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I operated with some of the Cabin Crew yesterday...

Gist of it was - Olympic failed to clear in time, Concorde went around from ~400'. Had come from BGI, so even shorter of fuel than usual (?). Mutterings about some further (minor?) problem meant they / ATC got it on the ground fairly quickly....

The Cabin Crew gave more details than I've given above, but am in no position to verify these, so will leave it at that!

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Old 30th Jul 2003, 02:35
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Called a 'Mayday' I believe on the go-around due fuel!

So rumour has it......

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Are you sure it was Sunday? I thought the BGI operated on a Saturday, which would tie in with a definite Concorde go-around on Saturday night when 09R was in use for landing. That was just one of a number of go-arounds due to a blocked runway that evening, and at least two of them declared emergencies due to low fuel after the go-around.
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Old 30th Jul 2003, 11:25
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Pardon my ignorance - where is BGI ?
Thanks in advance.
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Old 30th Jul 2003, 12:05
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The Airport at Barbados Adams is represented by airport code BGI
Barbados Adams is located in Barbados.

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Old 30th Jul 2003, 14:07
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Anyone know what fuel would be consumed in a Concorde go around with a reasonably tight circuit back to land???
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Old 30th Jul 2003, 16:52
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Well I once read that each minute of extra flight in Concorde beyond its scheduled flight time costs 1000 (!!)
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Old 30th Jul 2003, 16:59
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I think this knowlegeable response by 'Atco' should help!

RE: Heathrow Go- Arounds
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Posted Tue Jul 29 2003 12:04:59 UTC+1 and read 578 times:

I can shed some light on the situation on Saturday as I was at work in the Terminal Control ops room.

The day started on Westerlies, however as the wind changed Easterly ops became necessary.
That normally means 09L landing and 09R departing. As 09R is not used as the landing runway during normal ops it is not configured as such.

Due to the construction of T5 and the associated infrastructure, there are now large cranes under the 09L approach building the M25 link road, and this meant that 09L did not provide adequate obstacle clearance for arrivals and it was decided that 09L would be departing runway and 09R the arrival runway.

This caused numerous problems as 09R does not have lead off lights from the runway onto the taxiways, and planes simply stopped on the runway unsure of where to vacate. Compounding this probelm was that work in progress meant Block 85 could not be used to vacate the runway, which was where many aircraft were coming to a stop. Even with 6 mile spacing there were inevitably some go-arounds. Even Concorde went around, and then declared a mayday at 10dme on its second approach. Of course it landed without incident, but the delays, combined with a bit of weather avoidance created an interesting day all round.

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Old 30th Jul 2003, 18:39
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I was the one who sent the bird around. A combination of events led to the olympic being unable to vacate at his chosen turn Blk 85. The pilot tried his best to make 86 in time however with the poor weather and the speed of concorde on the approach the go-around became inevitable.

Sounded and looked good from the tower.

If anyone knows the pilots of the conc on saturday put them in touch as i owe them a beer!
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Was it you that sent the BAW13L around as well? If so, can I have a beer? Or at least a dry cleaning voucher for my underpants? Bill it to the Iberia who didn't vacate in time.
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Old 30th Jul 2003, 19:20
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Yes mate it was! You were one of 5 in about an hour that i sent around.

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Old 30th Jul 2003, 19:32
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Don't forget: a go-around is a perfectly normal flight manoeuvre (unless, of course, you're a bit short of gas )
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Old 30th Jul 2003, 19:35
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Is this where we start arguing about there being no such thing as a 'fuel emergency'? In the UK at least?
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Old 30th Jul 2003, 19:38
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The 'Airport' show on UK Horizons TV channel once had a bit from LHR tower where they sent Conc around off 27L when someone (I think an MS A340?) didn't get off in time... Think it was the same episode they got Tony B. away in a nice grey VC10.
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Old 30th Jul 2003, 19:56
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Could someone advise on what I have seen described (In the US) as a "snowstorm of paperwork" following a declaration of emergency? ( Carduelis: I presume Concorde declared an emergency, rather than actually calling Mayday, which I would have expected to see on News at Ten?)

It crossed my mind recently when delivering my Warrior to maintenance with minimum fuel (a field with a lot of uses where runway obstruction is not impossible) - I had sufficient fuel for return to base, but only just.

I think a lot of GA pilots would stop short of telling the truth about their fuel position for fear of the consequences and of course there is the recent case in the US of a pilot running out of fuel after a flight plan dispute.
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Old 30th Jul 2003, 20:12
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In the UK, declaring an emergency means either a Mayday or Pan call. Anything else and ATC are perfectly at liberty to ignore you.

Within Big Airways, there is a requirement to declare a Pan if you think you are likely to land with less than minimum fuel, or a Mayday if you are certain that this will be the case.

As far as paperwork goes, from a flight crew point of view, you are required to file an MOR (or company equivalent) and hand in the flight documents (PLOG, loadsheet, etc.).
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Old 30th Jul 2003, 20:44
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Due to the construction of T5 and the associated infrastructure, there are now large cranes under the 09L approach building the M25 link road, and this meant that 09L did not provide adequate obstacle clearance for arrivals and it was decided that 09L would be departing runway and 09R the arrival runway.

This caused numerous problems...
I really cannot believe that construction equipment, engaged on, of all things, a project paid for by BAA, has been allowed to compromise the approach path. I sem to recall that 09L is used for LHR landings about 25% of the time. And speaking from the construction industry world, tower cranes are a convenience on a project, but not a necessity. It is perfectly possible to use alternative techniques. Hope BAA haven't just gone for the cheapest method.
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Old 30th Jul 2003, 20:57
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The trick is to only allow the cranes to be erected when it's certain that we're going to be on westerlies!
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