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Flying into Heathrow there are two stars that I use most frequently...BNN1B and OCK2F. Both of these stars have you cross the VOR (either BNN or OCK) which are both out of the way of the final approach to the runway. Do pilots fly the entire STAR even though it takes you out the way? or do they skip the VOR part and fly direct? Which is the best way to do this. Are BNN and OCK holding points?

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You fly the STAR as published unless ATC tell you otherwise. It might seem extra miles however there will be a corresponding SID somewhere which will interlace with the STAR and the two will provide vertical separation built into the procedures. HAve at look at the Brookmans PArk and maybe Ockham departures to see what I am talking about. Also SIDs and STARs have tracking built in for a few reasons - it affords ATC a degree of predictability, helps with separation and also acquits environmental responsibilities at times (i.e. keeps the noisy aircraft from hearing enhanced souls on the ground ) BNN and OCK both have holding patterns published on the charts. They can be handy at times when you fly in (I'm talking VA now) if there is traffic around as it gives you a place to park your aircraft while waiting your turn for the approach - just like IRL. I've done a few HP going into GAtwick occasionally - all good practice and fun. Hope this helps Spencer.

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