Archive Story : 08-08-01

BA Crew Training flights underway

Concorde 216, G-BOAF has today completed a flight from London Heathrow to Shannon airport in the West of Ireland.

The flight, BA9185P, was under the command of British Airways' Chief Concorde Pilot Captain Mike Bannister with Captain Les Brodie, Senior Engineering Officer Peter Carrigan and Senior Engineering Officer Bob Woodcock.

The aircraft departed from the British Airways engineering east base and took off from the southern runway at Heathrow , runway 27L. The 70 minute flight followed the normal routing as if going to New York. From about 100 miles to the West of Ireland Concorde made a right turn inbound to Shannon. During the flight the aircraft flew at Mach 2 for around 30 minutes. This enabled the crew to complete a supersonic flight cycle including all the checks and procedures.

The training at Shannon will include up to 35 circuits of which at least 4 will be hard stops. Shannon is being used for this training as it has the required runway length and capacity and has been used before on a regular basis for the same training purposes

Alpha Foxtrot returned to Heathrow the following day (8th Aug) at 17 :48 UK after completion of the refersher training.

Full details and pictures are available in the BA tests section

Picture shows Concorde landing at Shannon, courtesy of Brian Gavin.