Academic journal article Air Power History

London's Airports: Useful Information on Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and City

Academic journal article Air Power History

London's Airports: Useful Information on Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and City

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London's Airports: Useful Information on Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and City. By Martin W. Bowman and Graham Simons. South Yorkshire, UK: Pen and Sword Books, 2011. Maps. Photographs. Pp. 138. $29.95. ISBN: 978-1848843943

London's Airports is definitely a niche book. It is targeted towards readers who are primarily fascinated by the civil airline industry and, specifically, London. The book is divided into five primary chapters, each devoted to one of the five London airports. Before discussing each airport, the authors begin by detailing the process of flying a transcontinental round trip from Gatwick IAP to Denver LAP and return. This introduction helps set the stage for the book by describing things from the pilot's prospective. After outlining a transcontinental flight, Bowman and Simons provide a relatively brief, but solid, history and description of the British National Air Traffic Control Services (NATS) that provides the air traffic control services for the United Kingdom's fifteen major airports.

After tracing the history of each airport, Bowman and Simons discuss the airport's development. Included in their discussion are excellent summaries of the issues, whether political or geographic, each airport faced, including noise abatement, space limitations, and flight limitations.

Where pertinent, the authors included discussions on the development and/or demise of the principal airlines serving a particular airport. Among the airlines discussed are Britannia, BOAC, DAN Air, and British Airways. The chapters are well appointed with color and black-and-white photographs of not only the airport facilities but also the airlines and aircraft that operate from each airport. …

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