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London's Airports (Paperback)

Useful Information on Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and City

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By Martin W Bowman, Graham M. Simons
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 138
ISBN: 9781848843943
Published: 14th March 2011



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This book is for the passengers and aviation buffs who use London’s main airports. It includes a brief history, plans and photographs for each of the five airports, together with directions and information about gates, security, passport control, shopping, restaurants, car parks and other transport connections. Details of Air Traffic Control in London airspace is explained with the inclusion of aerial photographs taken during approach to landing so passengers may locate places of interest whilst flying.

This book really does do exactly what it says on the cover and provides a huge amount of useful information for the enthusiast or anyone with a serious interest in London’s airports.
The book’s 138 pages includes chapters on each of the airports, plus sections on flying the 747-400, National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and an appendix providing a summary of airports. The latter is undoubtedly the most useful for passengers, since it provides information of travel links, car parking and other facilities.
…this book offers generally good value for money at just £9.99.

Aviation news, June 2012

This is an usual concept for a book but it works surprisingly well. Aimed just as much as the airline passenger as the aviation enthusiast it offers a brief history of London's five various airports as well as information about gates, security, passport control, shopping, restaurants, car parks and other transport connections.

Details of Air Traffic Control in London airspace are also explained and a short section reveals what it is like to fly modern airliners.

However, what this book offers that is really special is a tremendous collection of archive photographs. Whether it's a Court Line 1-11 at Luton, a BOAC DC-4 at Heathrow or a USAAF B-26 Marauder at Stansted there are delights in abundance.

Jets Monthly, June 2011

London is the biggest city in the United Kingdom and millions of people live, work, pass through and visit the capital every year, many of them using one of the five airports, which makes this book very useful as it can relate to so many people. Written by popular aviation author Martin Bowman and specialist London airport historian Graham Simons, this book with detailed photographs and information on gates, security, passport control, shopping, restaurants and car parks is a must have guide to regular and first time users of London airports, to make the usually stressful airport experience as smooth and as easy as possible. Also included are interesting facts and figures along with interesting information about the history of each airport.

Kate (Customer Review)

About Martin W Bowman

With well over 100 published books, MARTIN W. BOWMAN is one of Britain’s best-known aviation historians and authors. Specialising in Second World War history and post-war aviation, Martin’s interest in these subjects was driven by the prolific number of RAF and USAAF air bases that were established in his native East Anglia. His previous books have included works such as Legend of the LancasterConfounding the ReichDuxford and the Big Wings, as well as numerous titles in the exhaustive Air War series, which, between them, provide extensive coverage of operations carried out on D-Day and during the Market Garden offensive at Arnhem.

 Graham M. Simons

About Graham M. Simons

GRAHAM M. SIMONS was one of the founders of the world-famous aviation museum at Duxford near Cambridge where his interest was piqued watching the making of the film Battle of Britain there in the late 1960s. From this, and with an engineering background, he progressed to membership of a number of aviation societies, including sitting on the British Aviation Preservation Council, eventually taking the position of Engineering Director with one group. Graham combines his love of writing with his skills in production to create and publish aviation histories focused on a variety of subjects.

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