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Some years ago I was flying into a very congested London Heathrow Airport when I heard the following exchange with Heathrow Approach.

Heathrow: ”Speedbird 123, what is your position in the hold at Lambourne?"

Speedbird:  "We are just turning outbound at flight level 200."

Heathrow:  "Roger, Speedbird, could you possibly cross Lambourne inbound at 3000 feet?" 

Speedbird:  "Roger, I could probably make that, but I doubt if I could take my aircraft with me."


John Marshall 


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