User:Ac001/Approach Procedures Tutorial

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Bovingdon Approach

The Bovingdon Stack is a busy holding point over the BNN VOR 113.75 transmitter, about 30km north of EGLL-Heathrow. The track is over the finals for Northolt and London City airports below. To give you an idea of the procedure, following is a simplified map, procedure with comment and cockpit view of the published document AD 2-EGLL-7-16 from NATS titled:-

Initial Approach Procedures (Without Radar Control) to ILS or MLS RWY 27L/R via BNN and LAM Chart

Ac002 egll BNN approach 27L.jpeg

Leave BNN on BNN VOR R129 maintaining MNM holding level.

  • BNN is the IAF - Initial Approach Fix.
  • The aircraft need to be heading south east the 129 radial.
  • Minumum holding level is usually 7000ft.
  • There's a speed limit of < 200kts under 7000ft over London (and speeding fines).

At BNN D11 descend to cross BNN D15 not below 6000 descending to 3500.

  • BNN D11 - 11nm away from BNN vor start descent.
  • BNN D15 - 15nm from BNN, make sure aircarft above 6000ft
  • then descend down to but no lower than 3500ft

At BNN D19 at MAX 180KIAS turn right onto localiser I-LL (Rwy 27L) or I-RR (Rwy 27R), as instructed by ATC, descending to 3000, to be established by I-LL/I-RR D10.

  • This is a descending turn to final and subject of cockpit view below.
  • BNN D19 - 19nm away from BNN, with a maximum speed of 180kias, turn right heading 270...
  • ... towards Heathrow runways/ILS for 27L and 27R
  • and descend to 3000ft
  • D10 - 10nm away from the airport, you should have intercepted the ILS (the DME transmits, but not the beam).

At I-LL/I-RR D10 descend to 2500, then continue the ILS/DME, LOC/DME or MLS/DME instrument approach procedure as detailed on the instrument approach charts.

  • 10nm from the threshold descend to 2500ft
  • and then continue to "capture" the glidescope and descend with your speed/descent/performance requirements, to a succesful landing with the gear down.

Radio Settings

Ac002 egll BNN approach 29L nav.jpeg

  • NAV1 has been tuned to the 110.3 the ILS for 27R and radial 270 selected.
  • NAV2 has been tuned to the BNN station on 113.75 with radial 129 selected.
  • On the 787 below, NAV1 and NAV2 are VOR L and VOR R respectively.

Cockpit view of turn to final

  • The aircraft is positioned as on the map above and is nearing the end of an almost 140 degree descending right turn to finals for EGLL 27R.
  • The AP autopilot is engaged and commanding the altitude, speed and heading of the aircraft.
  • The AP button on the glareshield is green/engaged, the top middle of the PFD shows in green AP ENG
  • EGLL 27R is ahead 11.3 nm at 1 oclock, height is 3500 and the next step is to prepare for landing.

Ac001 egll BNN turn to final 28R.jpeg

Initial Approach

  • BNN vor was the Initial Approach Fix, NAV2 is tuned to 113.75 and the 129 radial.
  • BNN on the glareshield left - the switch is up in the VOR R position and displayed in green on the nav display below.
  • BNN on the nav display - the green dot shows the location of the station, the arrow is the 129 radial the aircraft has just turned right heading away from.
  • The bottom right of the nav display shows VOR BNN ident.


  • NAV1 has been tuned to 110.3, the ILS frequency for RWY 28R and the 270 radial selected.
  • ILS on the glareshield - VOR L is in the up position and diplayed in blue on nav display.
  • ILS on nav display bottom left - shows ILS and DME below indicates the aircraft is 11.3nm from the 27R threshold.
  • ILS in middle of nav display - the blue blob is the runway threshold and the arrow is pointing 27'0
  • D on the PFD - DME 011.3 indicates the aircraft is 11.3 nm from the runway.
  • L on the PFD - the aircraft had picked up the localiser and indicates the path is to the right.


  • CH on the nav display - the aircraft is currently heading 254 on a right hand turn.
  • H on the glareshield - the autopilot is in Heading HOLD as the button is engaged. The heading is 270 displayed on LED, the aircarft is turning towards the ILS.
  • H on the PFD - the HDG at the top indicates that the Heading is under autopilot command.
  • H on the nav display - The heading bug is at 27 = 270


  • S on the glareshield - the AutoThrottle A/T button is engaged, the IAS is set to 160 as displayed .
  • S on the PFD - the aircraft is travelling at 161 knots displayed on left bar, the green SPD at the top indicates that the autopilot is commanding speed.
  • S on the nav display top left - displayed are TAS/GS (Target Air Speed/Ground Speed)
  • S is also a backup analog display in the middle with needle pointing to 160.
  • F - the flaps are down slightly and the engines have throttled back as descent increases speed.


  • A on glareshield - the Altitude HOLD button is green and engaged. The target altitude is 3000 as shown on the LED display.
  • A on the PFD - the purple 3000 is the target altitute set on the glareshield. The green ALT on top indicates the autopilot is commanding in "altitude hold" mode. A on the right side shows the aircraft is nearing 3000ft at the bottom of a descent.
  • fpm on the PFD right - the descent rate displayed by needle is around 500fpm, aircraft is leveling out.