Alex, As a newbie who was always concerned about whether I should be doing this or that at any particular time, I always found the Centre coverage to be a calming influence. ie when to begin descent and so on. The difficulty here I suppose is that the distances between the three chosen airports are not that great and would it be a question of being passed around rather like a hot potato. As an aside, IMHO, Heathrow is never a great place to fly into or out of when you are a newbie. It is too big and just navigating around it is difficult. Colin ________________________________ From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Alex - Reheat.org Sent: 24 October 2006 12:15 To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: wednesday Guys, I'll take Stansted, I rather like it and know the SID's and STAR's off by heart which helps. I'm not sure what people think of this suggestion but I think the newbies might prefer it if we had just airports open, and no blanket center over the top? Gives them time to receive some instruction and gather their thoughts en route without having to worry about ATC from block to block? What do we think? concentrate on getting more airports open to give a variety and leave the centers? or is that a crap idea! Alex franklyn fisher wrote: The concensus seems to be to open the major airports. Ok by me. Phil wants to take Birmingham EGBB. I will take Heathrow EGLL Perhaps John would like to open Manchester EGCC or even Stansted EGSS to give us a triangle. I would not mind making it our default airfields, so as to get to know them. It does depend on traffic, on whether we will need a Center Controller, but that can be sorted on the night If Bones would like to look in or pop in and help or even give us some sort of instruction or advise, I would be grateful. Lets go for it, and see what happens. Frank F Colin Wilding Operations - PI Division HCC International Insurance Company PLC A subsidiary of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. Mailto:cwilding@xxxxxxxxxx Tel: +44 20 7680 2933 This e-mail contains confidential information, and may contain privileged information, which is the property of the sender, and is intended solely for the attention and use of the addressee. If you are not the named addressee, you must not disclose, copy or retransmit this transmission or take any other action in reliance upon this transmission, and you should notify us as soon as possible. HCC International Insurance Company PLC is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.