Management of business aircraft, charter and maintenance company Nomad Aviation has been granted permission to operate its Cessna Citation CJ2 + and CJ3 + to London City Airport (LCY). From 1 February the company was allowed to start using the crew and the aircraft in accordance with the steep approach rules at LCY.
London City Airport is located in the Royal Docks, about 6 nm east of the main financial district of the British capital, and very close to the Canary Wharf business district. It has an east-west track of only 900 feet and requires approaches of 5.5 degrees and departure times for obstacles at both ends.
"It is the closest and most suitable airport for easy access to the financial district of London," says Nomad, which has offices in Zurich-Kloten and Basel in Switzerland, as well as in Sliema, Malta.
"Our approval of London City is a new milestone with which we can offer our charter customers a competitive advantage," says Christoph Thurnherr, vice president of aircraft management and sales for Nomad Aviation.
"London City Airport has some of the most restrictive steep approach and rules for noise control in aviation," the company commented. "Flight crews and aircraft require special certification and training to be able to work [there]. The crews of Nomad Aviation and Cessna Citation CJ1 + / CJ2 + aircraft meet these strict requirements. "
Both aircraft are operated via the Swiss AOC of Nomad Aviation and are therefore fully available for charter, "the company added.
Nomad operates from light beams to bizliners, including the Embraer Legacy 600/650; Bombardier Challenger 604, CRJ100 and Global 5000; Gulfstream G450 and G650; and Airbus ACJ319.
A searchable list of operators and their aircraft approved for the use of the airport can be found on the website of London City Airport. This includes many business planes, including Cessna Citations, Embraer Legacy 600s, Dassault Falcon aircraft up to the 7X, Bombardier Challenger 605 and Hawker 900XP.
Gulfstream conducted tests with the G650 / G650ER last year, but so far there are no separate G650s on the approved list. The Challenger 350-type received approval last year from steep accesses of Transport Canada, whereby the validation by EASA was expected to pave the way for possible use at LCY.
As soon as a manufacturer has given approval in the flight manuals for steep approach operations, approval must be obtained from the regulator where the airport is located. In the case of LCY this is EASA and the relevant provision is EU-OPS 1.515a (3) Steep Approach Procedures and the appendix of 1.515a (3).
London City Airport has several airlines that use the main terminal and has its own Private Jet Center, although there is limited parking space.