two million voices Heathrow special the campaign against airport expansion (12-page PDF with maps)

January 23, 2008 at 7:20 am | Posted in Heathrow, Heathrow airport, Heathrow expansion, Impacts, Maps, Newsletters, Proposed flight paths, The 2M Group, Two million voices | 1 Comment

A fair test for Heathrow? Cover page of 2M newsletter for January/February 2008two million voices Heathrow special the campaign against airport expansion January/February 2008 aka A fair test for Heathrow?

A fair test for Heathrow? Cover page of 2M newsletter for January/February 2008

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  1. Why build a third runway at Heathrow? Is it really necessary at this time? Or is there an alternative to building a new runway at Heathrow?
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    Why not go to SPLIT-RUNWAY [SR] operations?
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    With long runways it is possible, practical and safe to split the runwaysin the middle –
    use the first part of the runway to land A-320 and B-737 type airliners and use the other half for takeoff of these types of planes. With the terminal buildings in the middle, the airliners taking off can save about 2200 liters of jet fuel and greatly reduce delays and avoid gridlock.
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    Split-Runway operations are safer than what we have at Heathrow now! As we experienced at Los Angeles, a mistake with dual operations can land one airliner on top of another and kill a bunch of people. With Split-Runway operations this cannot happen.
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    Heavy jets, such as the A-380, B-747, B-777 A-340/330 of course will continue to use the full length of the runways. But during high air traffic demand, when most of the airliners are of the A-320 & B-737 types, we can double flight operations – this is the same as adding a third runway!
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    Keep in mind that the Split-Runway operations can be in use in a considerablly shorter period than building a third runway. We only need to add Split-Runway runway lighting, and possibly some additional length added to the runways.
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    The cost of the Split-Runway implementation is inexpensive compared to the building of a third runway. It can be in use in six months. It saves fuel, therefore reduces airline operating costs
    considerably. Also it reduces air traffic work load and protects controllers from possible deadly mistakes.
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    If Heathrow Airport management and British Airline is interested – a short computer power projection is available to fully explain the Split-Runway methodology. What do you have to lose – nothing. The potential for adding many additional sequences without a major runway construction at this time can bring great benefits to flight operations at Heathrow.


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