As the fourth series of Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport draws to a close, it’s time to look back at what we’ve learned. Here’s a quick quiz to see if you’ve really been paying attention (or catch up on what you missed). No prizes — it’s just for fun and glory. Answers in the video clips.
1. What’s this?
a) A windglove
b) A windsleeve
c) A windsock.
2. When marshalling an aircraft with ‘ping pong bats’, how would you signal ‘turn right’ to the pilot?
a) Left arm out straight, keep right arm moving
b) Right arm out straight, keep left arm moving
c) Both arms out to right, beckoning with left.
3. Qantas’ QF9 is the longest non-stop flight ever to land at Heathrow. Where does it set out from?
4. You’re carrying cash into Britain from outside the UK. What’s the limit above which you must declare it?
5. At what time every day does Heathrow switch over the landing and take-off runways?
6. What equipment is used to clear out septic tanks at Heathrow?
a) Berg Blaster
b) Gulley Sucker
c) Tank Buster
7. For which job have British Airways staff been testing a robot?
a) To greet passengers
b) As an aircraft tug
c) To screen baggage
8. How long is Europe’s largest mobile crane (while on the road)?
a) 15 metres (49.2ft)
b) 20 metres (65.6ft)
c) 25 metres (82ft)
9. How much fluid does it take to de-ice the average British Airways aircraft at Heathrow?
a) 100 litres
b) 500 litres
c) 1,000 litres
10. Finally, which actress provided the voiceover for HBBA Series 4?
a) Imelda Staunton
b) Patricia Hodge
c) Sheila Hancock
How did you do?
One point for each correct answer.
0–5: Airfield Apprentice
Running a major airport is a complicated business, so don’t feel too bad. You’re just on a learning journey. Maybe we can interest you in one of our real-life apprenticeships?
6–8: Duty manager
You clearly know your FOD from your FIDs. Have you considered applying to work at Heathrow?
9–10: Plane spotter
Are you sure you don’t work here already? You’re clearly management material ;-).
1b, 2a, 3a, 4c (it’s €10,000 at current exchange rates), 5c (3pm), 6b, 7b, 8a, 9c, 10b.
Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport
The documentary cameras return for a behind-the-scenes look at the people who keep Heathrow running. Meet air traffic controllers, sanitation engineers, Border Force officers and front-line Passenger Experience Managers – and share their daily challenges in this ‘city within a city’ where no two days are alike.