Night 3 Review: BBC Airport Live from Heathrow


By Heathrow

Published 28th May 2015

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 UPDATE: Night 3 Quiz Competition now closed…

The Night 3 Quiz Competition to win a Kindle Paperwhite electronic reader is now closed, but don’t despair – you can still enter Night 4′s quiz here.

UPDATE: Enter the BBC Airport Live Night 3 Quiz Competition

Here at yourHeathrow we’re giving away Kindle Paperwhite electronic reader to one lucky viewer following each episode this week, all you have to do is enter the Night 3 quiz here!

11pm, June 19: Review

Keeping it all running smoothly’ was the theme of episode 3 of Airport Live, presented by Kate Humble, Dallas Campbell and Anita Rani, presenting live from the Control Tower, the BA Paint Bay and the airfield.

While Sophie from BA showed us how they keep their aircraft gleaming and protected against the elements, viewers were entertained by Dallas “Smudge” Campbell painting his own bit of the plane (which might need repainting…). Check out our interactive map, here, for more info on painting planes.

Viewers then got a look at how air traffic controllers manage inflight aircraft in four holding stacks around the airport, while there was also an explanation of how weather at home and abroad can affect operations.

Janine from Virgin Atlantic while live from the runway then took viewers through the process of turning around aircraft for long haul flights and explained how they get baggage and cargo onto their aircraft before their flights “push back” at the schedule departure time.

Virgin Atlantic’s Cargo Manager Ben Crump then showed off some of the one and a half million tonnes of cargo which pass through Heathrow each year – from racing cars to the family hound, an amazing two-thirds of which arrives in passenger flights. Oh and tonight there just happened to be a whole lot of Salmon on the move…

From there, presenter Dallas Campbell then got a rare chance to co-pilot an A380 in the BA simulator, where their pilots are preparing for the arrival of BA’s A380 aircraft next month.

Viewers then followed a Lufthansa flight as it performed a go-around due to high wind. Go-arounds happen once a day on average at Heathrow for one reason or another.

During and after the show, passengers and viewers took part in a live web chat with Virgin Atlantic Pilot, Captain Graham Ellison, who climbed on board to answer questions about what it’s like to be a pilot on our new interactive website yourHeathrow (check out the recorded live chat for more info).

Significantly the hashtag #airportlive trended on twitter for the third night in a row, with the world’s second ranked tennis player, and UK favourite, Andy Murray also getting in on the action.

Enjoyed Airport Live? Get involved with yourHeathrow…

If you want to get behind the scenes of Heathrow Airport for yourself check out our interactive map, get involved with our quiz competitions each morning (check out Night 2’s quiz here before 11.59pm tonight), or if you’re a junior airport fan why not get involved with the Colour Heathrow competition to win a remote control aircraft!

We’ll have more profile pieces tomorrow morning on the stars of airport live as well!

Check out our Night 4 Preview and get involved with yourHeathrow via our live chat tomorrow night – we’ll have Heathrow’s Matt Gorman to talk all things noise, sustainability, and his favourite band  The Stone Roses – or on twitter @yourHeathrow!

7.45pm, June 19: Join our live chat now…Virgin Atlantic’s Graham Ellison will be joining us later on in the show…

9.30am, June 17: Preview

On night three, BBC Two’s Airport Live will explore all the things that go into “Keeping it all running smoothly” at a major international airport ranging from keeping the planes in tip-top condition, to keeping the runways clear regardless of the weather.

Did you know each plane has to be repainted roughly every 5 years using over 1,000 litres of paint each time? In this episode the BBC will explore British Airways’ committed plane painters, looking at how they manage to protect these amazing aerial machines from mother nature.

Snow can cause major safety and delay problems for an airport, which is why Heathrow ground staff practice clearing the runway prior to such events – and you’ll get an inside look into the many machines and techniques used this during the show. There’s also the machines that help move the cargo and baggage on display!

Check out also the segments on a day in the life of an air traffic controller, and an up close and personal look at the passionate plane spotters and “av geeks” that visit Heathrow regularly.

What’s on yourHeathrow…

During the show we’ll have a live chat discussion operating, while from 9 until 9.45pm we’ll have a Virgin Atlantic Pilot, Captain Graham Ellison, aboard to answer all your questions about what it’s like to be a pilot.

Ever wondered how your baggage gets from check-in onto the aircraft and then back to you again? We’ll have a behind the scenes look available for you at the hi-tech and fast-paced magic that makes it possible.

We’ll also have a third cartoon image available in the Colour Heathrow competition, new features on the yourHeathrow interactive map and more profile pieces of the stars.

To get involved join in the live chat here between 7.45 and 9pm, send us a tweet @yourHeathrow using the hashtag #airportlive or leave a comment below! We’re also on instagram (Heathrow_Airport) and facebook!


By Heathrow

Published 28th May 2015