January 16th, 2013

London Civil Aviation Authority Helicopter Flight Paths


  1. 1
    Very concerned of Pimlico! says:

    Exactly. Did anyone consider the heliport when giving permission for a 50 storey building next door? And should helicopters be flying above densely populated London in such low visibility.

  2. 2
    Quick off the mark says:

    Hardly tittle tattle

  3. 3
    Cassius says:

    Might be wrong but I think those rules are enforced primarily for single engines (which also have to have a float kit fitted for the river).

    London extremely restrictive for helicopters, but you need a Heliport somewhere and Battersea is it.

  4. 4
    Evil Landlord says:

    Very sad though it is , I am not sure why this is on the Guido website unless it has changed from “tittle tattle ,gossip and rumours about Westminster’s mother of Parliaments” to general news stories ?

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    it is a well used route. helicopters doing pleasure flights fly along the Thames from Redhill aerodrome throughout every day, just as one example.

  6. 6
    Peter Duncan says:

    Yeah, thanks for keeping us up to date with what’s on telly Gweeds.

    Are you going to be doing live reporting of tonight’s Albion Market?

  7. 7
    Spineless Dave (fast becoming)Worst PM in history says:

    Build a 50+ story building next to a heliport , then on a foggy day when the top is above the clouds a helicopter hits it !
    very sad but What a surprise !

  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    This is the problem of cramming too many people into a small area. Might be better to improve transport systems and moving more people to suburbs of London.

  9. 9
  10. 10
    BOB CROW says:

    It’s awl Fatchers folt !she’s de one wot did it !
    I want more munny for me members , coz vey av a dangerus job drivin trains frew vat area

  11. 11
    Swiss Bob says:

    As I commented earlier, knew they had to fly along the river so building is in flightpath, also having lived by the Thames for thirty years I regularly watched them cut the curves.

  12. 12
    alexsandr says:

    why do you need a heliport in congested London, with it excellent public transport. These noisy and dangerous machines should be banned from populous areas.

  13. 13
    Vote4Ukip says:

    What is surprising is why the pilot did not know the 50 story building was there. Pilots are supposed to stay well clear of these buildings and the buildings and cranes should have warning lights on them. Also do these helicopters not have some kind of radar system for night flying?

  14. 14
    My opia strikes says:

    Came over the railway bridge next to Battersea Power Station at 07:55 and there was no fog. Just been on to Millbank as a result of a fire alert and there is no fog.

    The fog might be very localised but I don’t think that there is any – Should I go to Specsavers?

  15. 15
    BOB CROW says:


  16. 16
    Vote4Ukip says:

    Latest news is that someone has been spotted in the river. Could it be pilot?

  17. 17
    Quick off the mark says:

    How else is Madonna to get to her giggs?

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    Riggsy Brown says:

    The crane is said to be 770ft and is 50m south of the river just where it bends from north-south to east-west. In fog/poor visibility a pilot who, for some reason, misses/confuses the precise curve of the river bend and strays from the prescribed track……….

  19. 19
    Bob Marley says:

    No woman = no cry

  20. 20

    Maybe – but not by helicopter.

  21. 21
    ONE HUNG LO says:

    No lice no fly

  22. 22
    ONE HUNG LO says:

    The Americans can shove their 9/11
    We got 16/1 now

  23. 23
    ERIC PICKLES says:

    You’d never get me in one of those helicopters !

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    Evil Landlord says:

    It couldn’t take off if you were in it !

  26. 26
    Evil Landlord says:

    proximity to what ?

  27. 27
    Peter Duncan says:

    Well if you get any other local news in be sure to pass it on.

    Especially temporary parking restrictions. Those of us out in the provinces are all about temporary parking restrictions in London.

  28. 28
    Hindsight is 20:20 says:

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to put the heliport on top of the very tall building, rather than next to it ?

  29. 29
    PC49½ says:

    Incestuous London again.
    Just because it happened in Londonistan makes it kick all else off the headlines. More Capital navel gazing.

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