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The programme explains procedure used by air traffic control personnel when landing aircraft at London's Heathrow Airport. This is done by concentrating on one particular 'plane approaching London ...on Airway Green One and observing the nature of the instructions that are given to it by the various controllers, until it eventually totiches down on the runway.
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Module code and title: T241, Systems behaviour
Item code: T241; 03
First transmission date: 18-02-1973
Published: 1973
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Duration: 00:24:28
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Producer: John Groom
Contributors: Geoff Peters; Richard Smith
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Air traffic control; Control systems; Heathrow airport
Footage description: Shot of a radar screen showing planes arriving at and leaving Heathrow. (Film is speeded up to emphasise movement). Geoff Peters introduces the programme. Shots of control tower at Heathrow. Still shot of control room. Peters indicates the job of each individual seated there. Aerial still shot of Heathrow. Peters points out the three main runways and explains when they are used. Peters with a large model of the air traffic control area for southern England The control area for Heathrow together with its 4 holding stacks is shown on the model. Peters explains each element of the model. Still shots (inside and out) of the London Air Traffic Control Centre, West Drayton. Peters explains the Centre's function. Shot of a map of southern England showing the airways. To illustrate the air traffic control system at Heathrow, the programme now follows the flight of a BOAC VC1O Washington to Heathrow jet from the time it comes under Heathrow air traffic control to landing. Each step to touchdown is examined for the rest of the programme. Shots of air traffic control assistant logging flight information on a flight programme strip. Peters with a flight programme strip. He explains what information is found on it. Peters with a model of the south of England air traffic control area. He explains what happens when the flight reaches the London terminal area. Shots of the Procedural Controller at work. Commentary explains the nature of the work. An air traffic controller explains the work of the Procedural controller. Shots of the Number 1 Radar Director work. Commentary explains the nature his work. An air traffic controller adds his comments. Peters with the air traffic area model describes the job of the Number 2 Radar Director. Shots of the Number 2 Radar Director at work. Commentary describes his work. Air Traffic Controllers add their comment. Geoff Peters with the aid of the air traffic area model describes the next step in the process of bringing the BOAC VC1O in for a landing. This is the work of Visual Air Controller. Shots of the Visual Air Controller at work. Shots of VC1O landing. Geoff Peters sums up.
Master spool number: 6HT/70794
Production number: 00525_5013
Videofinder number: 2727
Available to public: no