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Learn to sing like a bird with ‘Airside Ian’

Birds and aircraft really don’t mix, so it’s the job of “Airside Ian” and his colleagues to keep them apart. As seen in HBBA, that can mean going to extraordinary lengths – from singing like a bird to driving like a crow.*

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Here, Ian explains how and why bird patrol calls for unusual methods, as well as demonstrating five of his favourite bird calls for you to try at home. 

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Quiz: Which Heathrow hero are you?

Airside Operations Officer guiding aircraft on to stand
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Enjoy watching Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport? Think you might have what it takes to join our team? Find your inner airport hero with this quick quiz.

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1. You’re going out with a group of friends this weekend but nobody can agree on a venue. How do you solve it?
2. In the park you see a child riding head-first down the slide. There’s a jagged-looking pothole at the bottom. What’s your first thought?
3. It’s your day off. How would you sooner spend it?
4. Which skill are you most proud of?
5. Which TV game show would you totally win?
6. What's your superpower?
7. You’re out with friends when an angry-looking stranger gets into an argument with one of the group. What do you do?
8. Finally ... choose your inner rock star.

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How to marshal an aircraft

It’s all very well marshalling your colleagues, but how about a real Boeing 747?

In Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport Series 4 we saw aircraft marshaller Ian learn to guide an aircraft on to its stand the old-fashioned way.

These days airliners at Heathrow generally arrive at the gate unaided, using electronic wizardry known as Stand Entry Guidance (SEG). But our Airside Safety professionals still need to learn the old-style ‘table tennis bats’, just in case. And now, so can you.

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The world’s most romantic spots … for plane spotters

Valarie waits in Arrivals to meet boyfriend Kazumasa in person. How will things unfold? Find out in Episode 5

In Episode 5 of HBBA4 we saw aviation enthusiasts Valarie and Kazumasa meet for the first time after an online romance, and plan a Valentine’s Day plane-spotting trip near Heathrow.

We can’t argue with their choice of venue. But if you too seek a romantic spot with the added bonus of LOADS OF PLANES to watch, here are some more ideas for your kiss-and-fly adventure.

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