London Terminal Control Centre

Description

London Terminal Control, abbreviated to TC, provides an area service in and around the London TMA. The airspace is divided into 5 sectors.

The sectors are designed to manage traffic arriving and departing from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, City as well as Birmingham, East Midlands and smaller airfields in the region.

All sectors are low-level, from the base of controlled airspace to FL195–215. London TC will only deal with overflights operating at or below FL210, regardless of whether another unit is online or not.

Designated sectors

ID
RTF Callsign
NAME
IVAC IDENT
FREQUENCY
FRA
REMARKS
SE DEPS London Control South East Departures
EGTL_SE_CTR
120.525
APC+
 
NW DEPS London Control North West Departures
EGTL_NW_CTR
119.775
APC+
NE DEPS London Control North East Departures
EGTL_NE_CTR
118.825
APC+
 
SW DEPS London Control South West Departures
EGTL_SW_CTR
134.125
APC+
REDFA London Control REDFA
EGTL_E_CTR
121.225
APC+
With permission of ATC Ops

An APC+ Position is a sector that although APC rated, can only be controlled by an APC controller once they have been approved by either the Training or Operations deparment by way of a validation with a member of the Training Department

Bandboxing

The North East Departures sector is the first sector to be opened. Further sectors may not be opened unless S10 or S20 is staffed.
Designated sectors should be opened in the following order: NE DEPS then SW DEPS then SE DEPS then NW DEPS. REDFA requires permission from the ATC Ops department to be opened.

ONLINE NE DEPS COVERS SW DEPS COVERS SE DEPS COVERS NW DEPS COVERS REDFA COVERS
NE
All sectors
--
--
--
--
NE + SW
North Sectors
SW / SE
--
--
--
NE + SW + SE
North Sectors
SW
SE
--
--
NE + SW + SE + NW
NE
SW
SE
NW
--
NE + SW + SE + NW + REDFA
NE
SW
SE
NW
REDFA

Delegation may be altered by mutual agreement between controllers.

Aerodromes

London TC is responsible for providing an appropriate approach and aerodrome service at the aerodromes listed below:

SE DEPS: EGLL, EGLC
NW DEPS: EGBB, EGNX (unless Scottish STAFA is online)
NE DEPS: EGSS, EGGW
SW DEPS: EGKK, EGHI

Traffic for all other aerodromes outside controlled airspace will only be provided with a Basic or Traffic Service workload permitting and should be released for take-off, landing and when within 3nm of the airfield.

Traffic exceptions

When London AC is offline the following alterations to transfers are in place:

  • Outbounds via KONAN/VABIK may be offered to Brussels ACC overhead DVR
  • Outbounds via SITET/XAMAB/XIDIL may be offered to Paris ACC abeam WAFFU
  • TMA inbounds from Paris will be offered at the FIR border
  • TMA inbounds from Brussels / Amsterdam will be offered abeam REFSO

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