Dec 21, 2008

SST2 - Speedbird One: EGLL to KJFK

ICAO codes for London (Heathrow) to New York (Kennedy)

So, now that we're getting familiar with the Concorde flight deck, here's the next series of three videos. This is narrated by the Captain and gives insights into more of the technical details of flying Concorde:

Concorde Take Off

Concorde Acceleration 0.90 mach to 1.7 mach

Concorde Descend and Landing


steveg said...

Can I ask a question?

You have titled this article as "EGLL to KJFK"

What does that mean exactly - I presume not the Airports as such as Surely Heathrow ir LHR and this flight was not to New York JFK but to Washington Dulles.

OK I admit it - I'm confused - so what does the title refer to then?

many Thanks


Aluwings said...

Hey Steve, thanks for asking.

The SST1 flight is from London to Washington (Dulles) enroute to Miami.

The SST2 flight is from London to New York (Kennedy).

There are at least two systems of codifying major airports. The International Air Transport Assoc. (IATA) is more familiar to passengers and North American pilots. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) uses a four-letter designation system.

The IATA system has an interesting and colorful history, nicely described at this blog.

The ICAO system uses four letters and was laid out from the beginning in an organized way that assigns airport codes around the world. So the ICAO identifiers are used on international flight plans.

Sorry for the confusion. I'll go back and edit those posts to clarify this.

Here's a good Wikki link for more information on both systems:
Airport Codes

Bold & Courageous said...

Great videos, as always. I "fly" flight sims for fun, and it's fascinating to see what actually goes on in the cockpit versus my very limited understanding of all that's involbed.

Aluwings said...

@ Bold & Courageous, Thanks for the comment. What flight sim(s) do you prefer? I've tried a few and it blows me away what these things can accomplish on a personal computer.

PCs now have tons more capability than the room-sized monsters that used to run airline flight simulators back in the 70s, so little wonder I guess.

I enjoyed your sample writings. Thanks for sharing. And best with where that takes you.

Bold & Courageous said...

I use X-Plane. I'm on a Mac, so MSFS isn't an option.

steveg said...

Ahhhhh {enlightenment!} :-)

I now realise I had actually mixed up the 2 video sections when asking my question - told you I was confused.... (something which seems to come easier to me as I get older).

Many thanks for the explanation and also for the excellent blog

Very best seasonal wishes to you and your - and of course your readers too